On behalf of the White House Rural Council’s Made in Rural
America export and investment initiative, we are pleased to invite you to
participate in a regional forum on expanding international market
opportunities. This forum will help rural firms understand ways to grow their
business by finding new customers overseas or selling more to their existing
international customers. Hosted
by the National Association of Counties, USDA Rural Development and the Cedar
Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, the half day forum will take place on the
afternoon of August 8th at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. A detailed
agenda will follow.
The regional forum in Mount Vernon is the third of five
across the country that highlight federal, state, and local resources to help
rural businesses and community leaders take advantage of export opportunities
and access new customers and markets abroad. More information on the Made
in Rural America initiative is available on the White House website.
The forum will highlight the role exports can play in
helping rural businesses access new opportunity and helping rural communities
add jobs and ensure long-term sustainable growth. Attendees will hear from
experienced local exporters and from local, state, and federal organizations
about resources and opportunities to help rural companies meet their export
objectives. U.S. Trade Representative
Michael Froman and Doug McKalip, Senior Policy Advisor for Rural Affairs for
the White House Domestic Policy Council are invited to speak.
We hope you will be able to join us at the Made in Rural
America forum. The event is free but registration is required. Please complete
registration form to register for the forum or visit http://www.cedarrapids.org/events/event-detail.aspx?eventid=2645
for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Darin Leach or
Heather Honkomp at 515-284-4663. We look forward to seeing you.