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November 03, 2010

Secretary Gary Locke and Senator Amy Klobuchar to Announce
Increased Resources for the Market Development Cooperator Program

Executives of trade associations and other export multiplier organizations are invited to join Secretary Locke and select Members of Congress on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 to explore partnerships with the International Trade Administration (ITA) that can help U.S. industry double exports by 2015. Participants will learn about increased resources for the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP), past MDCP projects that have helped associations assist their members to export, and ways to structure a successful MDCP project.

Financial assistance is set to increase six fold for Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) projects in 2011.

In lead up to the December 1st event, please join in a conference call on Thursday, November 4, at 1:30 p.m. (EST) to find out how your organization can benefit. Additional calls are planned for November 9 and 18 in case the 4th isn’t convenient for you. Visit trade.gov/mdcp for details on how to join the conference call(s).

Trade associations and other business groups can receive Market Development Cooperator Program awards up to $500,000 for projects that help U.S. firms to export.

Commerce Secretary Locke will note how MDCP awards to associations can help achieve the National Export Initiative goal to double exports by 2015. Senator Amy Klobuchar will comment on the importance of exporting and on plans to increase funding for MDCP awards. Past MDCP awardees will be present to describe their successes and lessons learned.

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (room to be determined) and run until 6:30 p.m. Following brief comments from Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Senator Amy Klobuchar, a panel of executives from three trade associations will compare the successes achieved by their respective MDCP projects. During the last hour-plus light refreshments will be provided. Attendees can network and discuss project successes with program participants and ITA officials.

Complimentary refreshments will be served. There is no charge to participate in the event. However, registration by November 15 is requested.

A. Event Registration Bot
https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/newWebinarRegistration.jsp?SmartCode=1Q2K
The link above will display the text below as part of an online form where interested visitors can register.

Conference Registration


Partnering to Double Exports

Please register by November 15. Walk-ins will be welcome; however, your registration will allow us to plan ahead.

Please read the following information carefully:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. EST. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. There is no charge to participate.

Capitol Visitor Center: First Street and East Capital Street, NE, Washington, DC.

Notwithstanding the standard "have your credit card ready" language in the link above, there is no charge to participate in this event.

The "type of client" field below is designed for individual firms, not industry groups, so respond based on your group's past export promotion activities.

Visit trade.gov/mdcp for more information or contact Brad Hess, 202-482-2969, or Brad.Hess@trade.gov.

If you are considering an MDCP submission, the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries would be happy to discuss it with you before the actual call for submissions is made. After that date, consultative, creative discussions are restricted, though the office may still be able to provide technical assistance to limited questioning. Please feel free to contact Julie Heizer, 202-482-4904 (Julie.Heizer@trade.gov) or Ron Erdmann, 202-482-4554 (Ron.Erdmann@trade.gov).

OTTI Background
Industry & Analysis’ Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) collects, analyzes and disseminates international travel and tourism statistics for the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System. For more detailed information on international travel to the United States, please visit: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/outreachpages/inbound.general_information.inbound_overview.html


U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI), 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room 1003, Washington, DC 20230; Phone:(202) 482-0140; Fax: (202) 482-2887; Website: www.tinet.ita.doc.gov; Email: otti@trade.gov