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Exporters Celebrated in Sun Corridor Event


CONTACT: Kelly Taft, (602) 254-6300
Cell: (602) 615-2086

PHOENIX (May 15, 2017)—Want to increase your revenue as a business? Do you want higher paying jobs in your community? Are you searching for financial stability in uncertain times? Many are finding a positive answer in exporting. The Sun Corridor EDGE (Economic Development in the Global Economy) event will celebrate exporters and offer tips from national experts in international trade. The Joint Planning Advisory Council will host the event on May 19, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Acacia room of the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino located at 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. in Chandler.

During the event, local businesses that are exporting will be highlighted as part of the Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program. The top-scoring businesses will speak on a panel. The program was championed by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton when he became chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments. Nationally, less than 1 percent of businesses export. The businesses that do sell goods and services internationally are more likely to succeed.

“Our region has so much to offer in terms of talent, knowledge and innovative products. The vast majority of customers are beyond our borders, and there’s potential for vast economic growth,” said Mayor Stanton. “Smart companies in our 21st century economy should be looking to export, and to do it well. Bringing regional planning organizations together to focus on exports will help our shared economy earn a bigger share of the international market.”

The Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program was launched by the Joint Planning Advisory Council (JPAC), led by elected officials and business leaders in the Sun Corridor. Seventeen businesses from throughout Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties submitted applications to share their success stories in exporting. All applications from businesses that applied for the program were evaluated by an independent panel of experts on their individual levels of achievement.

“It is natural to focus on the businesses within our city or town limits. Yet, we realize that exporting has regional benefits,” says Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath, chair of the Pima Association of Governments. “It takes businesses of all sizes in every community for the region to compete globally.”

The event will feature a panel of diverse exporters to share their advice. The keynote address will be given by Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. Dr. Denis Leclerc of Thunderbird School of Global Management will discuss how businesses can adapt to cultural differences in foreign countries.

“From having my own business, I know how important it is to understand nuances of different cultures. This helps to build relationships. Relationships open doors to new opportunities,” says Eloy Mayor Joel Belloc, chair of the Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization.

“Every community is looking for opportunities to support its residents with better paying, more stable jobs. Exporting provides the prosperity every community wants,” says Queen Creek Councilmember Robin Benning. “The EDGE event will help us celebrate exporting and encourage more businesses to market overseas.”

The program was made possible thanks to partnerships with the following entities: Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona District Export Council, Central Arizona Governments, East Valley Partnership, Global Chamber Phoenix and Global Chamber Tucson, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Maricopa Association of Governments, Metro Phoenix Export Alliance, Partnership for Economic Innovation, Pima Association of Governments, Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization, Sun Corridor Inc., U.S. Commercial Service, and Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC).

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May 15, 2017
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