Partnership expected to boost Appalachian businesses

Bret Bevens, PDT Sports Writer

November 25, 2012

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

Recently the head of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Deputy Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service signed an export promotion partnership aimed at boosting exports from Appalachian-based businesses.

“Working with the Appalachian Regional Commission will strengthen our ability to reach out and support small and medium-size businesses across Appalachia as they seek to launch new export initiatives and build on their past export achievements,” said Charles A. Ford, Deputy Director General of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service in a released statement. “We look forward to leveraging our U.S. Commercial Service network of offices to help boost exports that are key to moving our economy forward and supporting new jobs.”

The partnership advantages are expected to include, “enhance ongoing cooperation and coordination between the two agencies (ARC and U.S, & Foreign Commercial Services) to increase awareness among small and medium-sized firms about exporting. This includes leveraging the tools and resources both organizations can provide to help businesses in their exporting efforts,” according to released information.

As a result of the partnership education and training seminars will be offered to strengthen export skills among businesses. Promotion and market development projects to expand global awareness of Appalachian goods and services.

Increased support for Appalachian export delegations bound for some of the largest and most important marketplaces in the world; and targeting and identifying Appalachian industries that have high export potential.

In 2010, President Barack Obama a National Export Initiative (NEI) with the goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014.

“The partnership supports this goal by educating U.S. exporters, particularly small- and medium-sized companies, about the benefits of expanding their exports to additional markets and by providing public and private sector resources to assist them,” said Earl F. Gohl ARC Federal Co-Chair.

For more information about the Appalachian Regional Commission visit, www.arc.gov.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.