Roskam Hosts Exports Mean Jobs Forum for Chicago-area Business Leaders
Participants heard from political and business leaders about the three new pro-export trade agreements; Learned how best to utilize the new agreements from trade experts
CHICAGO - Today, Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-06) hosted the Exports Mean Jobs Forum in Chicago for over 100 area business people. Participants heard featured remarks about the value of trade and specifically the three new pro-export trade agreements from Rep. Roskam, House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-22), Rep. Bob Dold (IL-10), and Tom Downey, Senior Vice President of Communications, The Boeing Company. The event was held at the Illinois Institute of Technology's Stuart School of Business.
Following the opening remarks, participants heard from two panels: "New Free Trade Agreements and New Opportunities" and "Going Global: Local Resources to Expand Into Foreign Markets."
"I'm pleased to see so many members of our business community eager to take advantage of the no-cost job-creating opportunities these pro-export policies will provide," said Congressman Peter Roskam. "With ninety-five percent of the world's consumers living outside of the United States, these job-creating pacts are a victory for American business and the Chicago economy."
"There's no question that exports means jobs and Boeing is an example of that," said Tom Downey, Senior Vice President of Communications, The Boeing Company. "Small businesses, big businesses, businesses of all sizes benefit from trade."
The first panel, "New Free Trade Agreements and New Opportunities" featured experts on how best to utilize the three new free trade agreements: Alejandro Tribin of ProExport Colombia, Jea-Ho Oh of the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency and David Forgue of Barnes Richardson. The panelists on "Going Global: Local Resources to Expand Into Foreign Markets" were Adam Pollet of the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment, Michael Howard of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and John Coronado of the U.S. Department of Commerce's U.S. Commercial Service.