National DEC 2016 – Annual Forum and International Trade Symposium

Save the Dates! September 22 – 23rd, 2016

Learn more about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Its Importance to You and How You Can Be Engaged.

 

2016 National DEC Fourth Annual International Trade Symposium

September 22, 2016 – Thursday,  Washington, DC

Morning Session: International Trade Symposium. Organized in cooperation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to be held at the Vietnam House in D.C. Vietnam is a key player in TPP Negotiations.

Afternoon Session: Meetings on Capitol Hill with our respective elected officials and/or staff to discuss TPP.

Evening: Reception on Capitol Hill.

To register, go to Fourth Annual International Trade Symposium registration

 

2016 National DEC Forum

September 23, 2016 – Friday, Washington, DC

Organized in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce, to be held at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center building. Come learn about the latest trends impacting exports and your DEC.

To register, go to 2016 National DEC Forum registration.

Join us at these important events. Details and an agenda will be available as we move closer to the event.

2016 ​National ​DEC ​Legislative ​Summit

National DEC Legislative Summit

Join Us at the ​2016 ​National ​DEC ​Legislative ​Summit ​which will ​be ​held ​in ​Washington, ​D.C. ​on ​April ​19, ​2016!

 

Each year National District Export Council organizes Legislative Summit where exporting community and DEC members come together to share the recent developments and work on the pressing issues on U.S. foreign trade and exporting. This year’s DEC Legislative Summit ​will ​focus ​on ​the ​Trans-Pacific ​Partnership ​(TPP) Agreement. ​The ​Summit ​will ​be ​at ​the ​U.S. ​Chamber ​of ​Commerce ​in ​the ​morning ​with ​the ​afternoon ​being ​devoted ​to ​Capitol ​Hill ​visits. ​

 

All ​DEC ​members ​are ​invited ​to attend this free event. ​The ​U.S. ​Chamber ​has ​offered ​their ​assistance ​in ​setting ​up ​appointments ​for ​all ​DEC ​members ​who ​will ​be ​attending. ​The ​agenda ​will ​be ​forthcoming.

White House Business Council–Trade Fly-in Briefing

Roy Paulson, President of Paulson Manufacturing and Chair of the National DEC (California Inland Empire DEC member), and Philip Pittsford of NOW International and Secretary/Treasurer and Legislative Affairs Chair of the National DEC (Illinois DEC member), were invited to the White House Business Council–Trade Fly-in Briefing. In total, 9 DEC members were in attendance, from the Arizona, San Diego Imperial, Illinois and Texas DECs along with companies from around the nation present. The briefing was held in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building from 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

The purpose of this briefing was to update the attendees about international trade trends and the White House’s position on several key trade issues, among them: Trade Promotion Authority (TPA); Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP); Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP); and the Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im).
Several senior members of the White House staff from the National Economic Council as well as the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) office briefed the invited guests on trade issues. The status of several current trade negotiations were discussed along with the benefits of improved trade agreements.
Fred Hochberg, Chairman of Ex-Im Bank, and Maria-Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the SBA, spoke about their programs and how they support small businesses with loans and other financing. Chairman Hochberg also discussed Ex-Im Reauthorization and his outlook on whether it will pass. While he was upbeat, he did say there was a vocal opposition.
The last panel spoke about USG resources available to help businesses grow their exports. This panel was made up of Arun Venkataraman, Policy Director, ITA, Doug McKalip, Sr. Policy Advisor for Rural Affairs from the White House, and Antwaun Griffin, Deputy Asst. Secretary for Domestic Operations in the Global Markets unit, International Trade Administration. The panelists spoke of various programs offered by such resources and opportunities overseas.
This panel was then followed a briefing from by the Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, who spoke at length about trade and why it is important. Secretary Pritzker focused on 3 themes:
– Why trade is important
– What the Administration is doing regarding trade
– How the attendees can help move the trade agenda forward
Some other highlights from her remarks include:
– 11.3 million jobs are supported by trade.
– Wages in trade related jobs on average, pay 18% better.
– Trade agreements work to level the playing field for American businesses.
– Trade agreements help to establish the rules of the road and TPP and TTIP are examples
– The Administration is coordinating the efforts on trade
– USG trade agencies officials are being sent around the country to discuss trade issues
– Exporter success stories are needed
Also mentioned by the Secretary were individual companies who have been successful in exporting.
At closing, the group was then joined by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement. She thanked everyone for their efforts in promoting American business and exports and spoke of the commitment of this administration to moving their trade agenda forward.

2014 DEC National Conference

The National DEC will host the annual National Conference of the DECs in Washington, D.C. on October 2-3, 2014. The annual Conference will consist of two events – the 2014 National DEC Forum on October 2 and the Second Annual International Trade Symposium on October 3.
The title of the 2014 National DEC Forum is “Roadmap for Success”. The Forum will consist of three broad themes- 1. DEC Mission Statements and Goal Setting; 2. DEC Website and Social Media Utilization; and 3. Driving Results – Utilizing DEC Committees. These themes were chosen based upon a nationwide survey conducted of DEC Chairs in which DEC Chairs were asked to select the topics they considered to be most important for the success of their DECs. The Forum will include a general overview of these themes and then will break into three individual tracks in which all attendees will participate. As in years past, the Forum has also been designed to engender substantial attendee participation. The Forum is open only to DEC members and associates and is also closed to the media. Following the conclusion of the Forum an evening reception will be held which can be used for networking and which will also be open to invited guests of DEC members.
The Second Annual International Trade Symposium, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Symposium will focus on current trade promotion initiatives including Trade Promotion Authority, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, other pertinent trade initiatives. The Symposium will also examine the current state of foreign non-tariff barriers and market access issues such as standard, intellectual property protection and regulatory barriers. Also invited to participate will be keynote remarks from the Chairman of the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. The International Trade Symposium, which will be held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is open to the public.

2013 National DEC Forum and International Trade Symposium

The National DEC will host the 2013 annual meeting of the DECs in Washington, D.C. on November 7-8. The annual meeting will consist of two events-the 2013 DEC Forum on November 7 and the 2013 International Trade Symposium on November 8.
The DEC Forum, which is open only to DEC members and associates, will be held at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. The Forum will consist of a series of panel discussions on DEC Best Practices and Exporting Best Practices and is designed to engender substantial audience participation. There will also be a working lunch during which the DEC of the Year Nominees will make short presentations and the DEC of the Year Award will be given. Following the conclusion of the Forum an evening reception will be held which can be used for networking and which will also be open to invited guests of DEC members.
The 2013 International Trade Symposium, which will be jointly presented by the National DEC and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is intended to be an annual program that will provide an update of current trade issues via a series of panel discussions by key government and non-government personnel and experts. Audience participation through Q&A will be encouraged as well. The International Trade Symposium, which will be held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is open to the public.