Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I August 2017
 

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In early March, the Chamber and the Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC), as one of the administrators of the California State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant, funded the participation of seven regional manufacturers in the first ever California Pavilion at the Australian International Airshow. These small- to medium-sized aerospace and defense companies were recruited to attend the international trade show. Participating executives have reported over half a million dollars in sales to foreign buyers to take place in 2017 as a result of the trade show. The event was made possible thanks to the U.S. Commercial Service and the Small Business Administration's STEP Grant through the California STEP Grant Initiative. Learn more about STEP and other trade programs eligible for support.
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Chamber participates in summit in Riverside
Carlos J. Valderrama, president of the Chamber's Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment, addressed more than 800 business executives in Riverside County about the importance of trade in global markets, the strategic need to attract direct foreign investment, and a brief update on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations. The 3rd Annual Southern California Procurement, Trade & Manufacturing Summit was organized by the County of Riverside Economic Development Agency. Executives representing businesses from the counties of Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego participated in the Summit.
 
Chamber visits Sister City Berlin
Last month nearly 50 Angelenos, including Chamber President Gary Toebben and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, spent the Fourth of July in Berlin to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City relationship. The trip was organized by the restructured Sister Cities of Los Angeles organization, under the leadership of Tom Gilmore and Fabiola Vilchez. Additional participants included Hon. Hans Joerg Neumann, consul general of Germany in Los Angeles, and his two immediate predecessors. The visit was a strong reminder of the vital economic and cultural relationship between the two cities and the need to continue a strong collaboration. READ THE BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE.
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An Update on California's International Trade Agenda, Aug. 25
Join the Global Initiatives Council on Friday, Aug. 25, 9-10:30 a.m., as Awinash Bawle, newly appointed deputy director for International Affairs and Business Development for the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), presents the State's international strategies to be implemented in 2017-2018. Bawle's presentation will include an update on the numerous international agreements and Memorandums of Understanding signed by the State with other nations, provinces and cities around the globe. RSVP NOW.
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Upcoming: Private Roundtable with GO-Biz, Aug. 25
We invite you to join us for the next private Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group session, featuring Awinash Bawle, newly appointed deputy director for International Affairs and Business Development for the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), on Friday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m.-noon, at the L.A. Area Chamber.

GO-Biz was created by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as California's single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. To capitalize on this immense global opportunity, the International Affairs and Business Unit is the state's primary point of contact for expanding California's international trade and investment relations. The unit provides critical support on issues relating to international trade and investment opportunities, foreign relations, international agreements and partnerships with the countries that have a friendly relationship with California. RSVP NOW.

For members of the Chamber's Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group only.
New Member Welcome:
The Chamber is pleased to welcome the new director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Center in Los Angeles, Chris Lo. The Chamber and the L.A. business community look forward to working with you!
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USTR announces first round of NAFTA negotiations
United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced late July that the first round of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the U.S., Canada and Mexico will take place in Washington, D.C. from Aug. 16-20, 2017.
 
The negotiations immediately follow the 90-day consultation period with Congress and the public initiated on May 18, 2017. On that day, Amb. Lighthizer notified Congress of President Trump's intent to renegotiate NAFTA to get a better deal for America's workers, farmers, businesses and manufacturers. Amb. Lighthizer also announced that Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere John Melle will serve as chief negotiator for the NAFTA negotiations. READ THE KEY NEGOTIATING OBJECTIVES.
 
Los Angeles, Long Beach Ports Clean Air Action Update Could Cost $14 Billion
Implementing goals of having only zero-emission vehicles and cargo handling equipment by 2035 will cost the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach $7 billion to $14 billion, according to the ports' Clean Air Action Plan update released in late July. The plan, called CAAP, lays out strategies that seek to address the challenge of reducing harmful emissions from port-related sources including ships, trucks, cargo handling equipment, locomotives and harbor craft, port officials said. The ports have worked together since 2006 to address the region's air pollution, drastically cutting diesel pollutants with the roll-out of the Clean Trucks Program in 2008. The ports said they will need state and federal funding to accomplish their goals, but that they will pick up some of the expense. Costs are also expected to be passed on to terminal operators and freight owners.
A public comment and review period for the CAAP update will take place until Sep. 18, and both port's Harbor Commissions are expected to vote on the plan later in fall. READ THE FULL ARTICLE.
 
UCLA Extension offers International Trade & Commerce program
UCLA Extension, a proud sponsor of World Trade Week and the Global Trade Career Guide, offers various pathways for meeting the educational needs of individual clients and organizations:
  • Extension's International Trade and Commerce program enhances the perspective and performance of professionals working in international trade. Courses offer in-depth coverage of the business, economic and political forces shaping the international marketplace. Instructors are highly experienced professionals, many with ongoing experience in running and supporting international businesses.
  • Extension's Custom Programs & Corporate Education department can adapt courses and certificate programs spanning various disciplines. Programs can be offered in various instructional intensive formats, ranging from one to 12 weeks in length, and can take place at UCLA Extension's various campuses, online or at a client's work site in the U.S. or abroad.
  • For International Trade & Commerce course information, call 310.206.5117 or learn more.
  • For Custom Programs & Corporate Education information, call 310.206.7341 or learn more.
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The STEP program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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