NEWS: IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION WINS FOR L.A. COUNTY

Posted April 15th, 2015

The White House released a fact sheet recently that highlighted 2014 state export data and included links to FTA impact by state fact sheets

The White House released a fact sheet recently that highlighted 2014 state export data and included links to FTA impact by state fact sheets. (Check out California data here. More than $174 Billion in exports last year!)

Additionally, the President announced a number of new executive actions to increase exports from rural regions.

Read all the details below as BizFed member Gene Hale, Chair of the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber – and representing LA as a critical member of the President’s Export Council (the principal national advisory committee on international trade) – works to keep boosting export capacity and access for a thriving economy!

WHITE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE:

America had a breakthrough year in 2014, and the President is using middle class economics – the simple idea that anybody who works hard and plays by the rules should be able to get ahead – to ensure more Americans can contribute to and benefit from our success. Exports are a crucial part of the Administration’s strategy to keep our economy growing and the President is focused on taking action to help workers from businesses of all sizes from all parts of the country – including rural America – benefit from our economic resurgence.

Today, the Administration will highlight data on the level of exports achieved in each state in 2014, which helped the U.S. reach a nationwide record of $2.35 trillion in exports for the year.    Exports supported an estimated 11.3 million U.S. jobs in 2013, up 1.6 million over 2009.  On average, export-related jobs pay up to 18 percent more than non-export related positions.

The President will also announce a set of new executive actions to help grow manufacturing in rural areas and to provide new markets to small businesses across our nation’s heartland. As part of his “Made in Rural America” initiative launched in February 2014, the Administration is bringing together federal resources to help rural businesses and communities take advantage of new investment opportunities and access additional markets at home and abroad.

Today’s data will further demonstrate the important role that trade and exports have played in America’s economic recovery. In order to build on that momentum, the President is urging Congress to act on new trade agreements that increase accountability and high standards, uphold our values and open new markets to American goods and services. The countries involved in the trade agreements currently under negotiation – the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – received 62 percent of U.S. goods exports in 2014, supporting an estimated 4.2 million U.S. jobs in 2013. TPA will allow these agreements to become a reality, spurring economic growth in the United States and our trading partners.

More than 95 percent of the world’s potential consumers, representing approximately 80 percent of the world’s purchasing power, live outside our borders, which means that critical opportunities for economic growth at home are created by selling abroad.

Executive Actions to Promote Rural Exports:

As part of the Obama Administration’s long-term, sustained effort to build jobs and economic security in rural America, the White House Rural Council has hosted a series of workshops across the country to connect rural leaders and businesses with resources to expand exportsand to identify barriers to exporting for rural businesses.  Based on feedback gained at those workshops, the White House Rural Council has developed a number of new executive actions to further encourage increased goods and services from rural America including:

A series of reverse trade missions and outreach events for rural businesses to meet foreign buyers, partners, and trade experts and facilitate access to additional foreign markets.

An effort to double the number of rural businesses attending international trade shows and missions with the help and sponsorship of partners, including the Appalachian Regional Commission and Delta Regional Authority.

A new National Rural Export Innovation Team to help more rural businesses access export-related assistance, information and events.

A new partnership with community banks to educate local lenders on the needs of rural exporters and the federal export resources available to them and their customers.

A new partnership with the United States Postal Service to host “Grow Your Business” Day workshops at 75  U.S. Postal Service locations throughout rural America to provide rural businesses an opportunity to learn about exporting and e-commerce, learn how to file customs forms online, and calculate and plan for export shipping costs.

An effort to develop better financial indexing and metrics for rural infrastructure projects.  This will help underpin additional investments in roads, bridges, inland ports, water supply systems, information technology, and community facilities that are vital to manufacturing and exports.

A new effort to promote an entrepreneurial ecosystem mentorship program for rural communities.

Launching an i6 Rural Challenge, which will focus on providing funding to rural communities to build capacity for commercializing technology by collaborating across agencies and providing funding to Challenge winners.

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