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NC District Export Council Wins Inaugural Council of the Year Award

Trade & Development - Import-Export

CHARLOTTE, NC – The International Trade Administration recently honored the North Carolina District Export Council as the 2010 DEC of the Year for its outstanding efforts in fostering exports. On October 25, The nation's 60 District Export Councils (DEC), partnering with the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA), convened in Detroit for the annual International District Export Council Conference to discuss the President's National Export Initiative and present the North Carolina DEC this award. DECs and ITA work together to promote the importance of U.S. exports toward strengthening the U.S. economy, and creating and supporting American jobs.

"The North Carolina District Export Council has an outstanding record of mentoring local new-to-export and new-to-market companies on exporting, and supporting President Obama's National Export Initiative," said Ro Khanna, U.S. and Foreign Commercial deputy assistant secretary for domestic operations. "The group's work with local United States Export Assistance Centers is critical to expanding U.S. exports and supporting American jobs."

In addition to mentoring local companies on the advantages of exporting, the North Carolina DEC excelled in export education, conducting Export University and ExporTech classes throughout the state. It joined forces with the South Carolina DEC to organize a trade mission to Canada on November 1–5, 2010. Wayne Cooper of Arcon Manufacturing, Charlotte, N.C., is the North Carolina DEC chairman. This is the inaugural "DEC of the Year" Award recognizing the contributions and accomplishments of an outstanding local DEC in furthering the mission of the ITA in the categories of company outreach, innovation and strategic management.

On November 16, 2010 the North Carolina DEC will have a joint meeting with the South Carolina DEC to discuss the results of their successful Trade Mission to Canada and plans to lead another Trade Mission to Colombia in April 2011. During this meeting, the Charlotte U.S. Export Assistance Center will present an Export Achievement Certificate to American Moistening Company and Certificates of Appreciation to Okuma America and Great State Bank.

About the International Trade Administration (ITA)

The International Trade Administration (ITA) is the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace. ITA has 2,100 employees assisting U.S. exporters in more than 100 U.S. cities and 77 countries worldwide. For more information on ITA visit www.trade.gov

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