U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Addresses Business Leaders at 'The Americas Business Forum - Creating Jobs Through Exports'

March 3, 2010 8:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Dennis F. Hightower addressed business leaders today about trade opportunities in emerging markets in Canada, Mexico and Latin America during the 2nd annual The Americas Business Forum – Creating Jobs Through Exports.

Hosted by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, UCLA Anderson School of Management and the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, the two-day event brings senior commercial officers stationed at 14 U.S. Embassies in the Western Hemisphere to meet with regional business leaders to discuss export opportunities to create jobs, bolster trade and grow the economy.

“Increasing the export of American products and services to global markets can help revive the fortunes of U.S. companies, spur future economic growth and create jobs here at home,” said U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Dennis F. Hightower.  “The Americas Business Forum serves as a critical tool in helping connect small and medium sized businesses in Southern California to market opportunities around the Western Hemisphere.”  

The Americas Business Forum included remarks from Deputy Secretary Hightower, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, UCLA Anderson School of Management Dean Judy Olian and other trade experts.  Key topics discussed included the legal framework for exporting; protection of intellectual property; free trade agreements in the region and trade logistics and channels of distribution.

“As the gateway to the Americas, Southern California businesses have a tremendous untapped opportunity in Latin America,” said L.A. Area Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben.  “We are proud to partner with the U.S. Foreign and Commercial Service to help our region’s businesses realize these opportunities while also helping to create jobs and grow our local economy.”

The event was sponsored by City National Bank, Los Angeles World Airports, Musick Peeler, The Port of Los Angeles, FedEx, County of San Bernardino, Port of Long Beach, Gensler and Mercury Air Group.  For more information on The Americas Business Forum and the Chamber’s global initiatives, visit www.lachamber.com.


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.

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