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USCM national meeting Feb. 23

Led by U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the nation’s mayors will hold its National Leadership Meeting on Exports, Ports as Key to Job Creation in Jacksonville from Thursday, Feb. 23 to Saturday, Feb. 25 to develop a national agenda to expand exports and modernize the nation’s ports.

Hosted by Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, Chair of the Conference’s newly formed Task Force on Metro Exports and Ports, the meeting will attract mayors from across the country, as well as U.S. seaport experts, federal trade officials, and export strategists to discuss national policies to ensure that exports from American cities can be cost-effectively transported to global markets.

U.S. metro areas account for 88% of the nation’s exports, according to a Metro Economies report released last week at the Conference’s 80th Winter meeting in Washington, D.C. (usmayors.org). The report, prepared by IHS Global Insight, projects that export values will increase 4.2% in 2012, while import values rise 3.2%. Currently, only 1% of U.S. businesses export and 58% of those businesses export to only one market.

JAX Chamber officials will also participate in the meeting to serve as a resource and discuss Jacksonville’s export strategies and the role JAXPORT plays in the Jacksonville metro economy. Also joining the mayors will be officials from Siemens, who will provide technical expertise and serve as the national sponsor of the meeting.


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