|TRAFICANT, James A., Jr.,|
Friday, November 14, 1997
TRAFICANT TO CO-HOST EXPORT SEMINAR AT YSU
Washington, D.C. -- Next week U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Jr. (D--OH) will co-host an export seminar for businesses in the Mahoning Valley. The seminar will be held Tuesday, November 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the DeBartolo Stadium Club on the campus of Youngstown State University. It is being co-hosted by Traficant, the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, Youngstown State University and the Ohio Export Assistance Network.
Traficant, who will be the keynote speaker, arranged to have the following individuals speak at the seminar: James Harson, president of the Export-Import Bank; Phillip Singerman, assistant secretary for economic development at the U.S. Department of Commerce; and John Cartwright, director of regional planning for the Appalachian Regional Commission. Other speakers will include James Sisto, deputy director for the International Trade Division of the Ohio Department of Development; Dr. Leslie Cochran, president of YSU.
"For American companies today, going global is no longer an option; it's a necessity for survival," noted Traficant. "Many of their domestic competitors are eyeing the international marketplace or are already successful international traders. Positioning a company to be competitive requires a global strategy. Not only can expanding exports help companies grow sales, market share, and profits, it can also ensure that U.S. companies don't lose their competitive edge."
Traficant noted that the Mahoning Valley and surrounding area holds tremendous potential for exporters. The U.S. Department of Commerce recently approved the expansion of the Akron-Canton Airport Foreign Trade Zone to include Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. In addition, the Northeast Ohio Trade and Economic Consortium is developing a seamless transportation system for shippers and coordinated access to U.S. and world markets for local businesses. The building blocks of this project include: the global air cargo center at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, the Stark County Neomodal facility with state-of-the-art truck-to-container-to-transfer, the Ohio River's largest port facilities in East Liverpool, air passenger transport through the Akron-Canton Regional jetport and a commuter rail system being developed to link Canton, Akron and Cleveland.
"Most export seminars are presented by one or two organizations without federal, state and local trade assistance coordination," noted Traficant. "The November 18th seminar packages all of these services together to help local businesses improve their bottom line," added Traficant. "It will inform local businesses of the Mahoning Valley's improved commerce and transportation opportunities, and educate them on the federal and state government programs available to assist their business needs."2009