District Export Council Members Sought
The International Trade Administration is accepting through July 15 nominations of individuals to serve as members of one of the 59 District Export Councils nationwide. The mission of the DECs is to facilitate the development of an effective local export assistance network, support the expansion of export opportunities for local U.S. companies, serve as a communication link between the business community and the U.S. Foreign and Commercial Service, and assist in coordinating the activities of trade assistance partners to leverage available resources. Each DEC has a target membership of 30, and approximately half of the positions are open on each DEC for the four-year term from Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2017.
Appointment as a DEC member is based on an individual’s international trade leadership in the local community, ability to influence the local environment for exporting, interest in export development, and willingness and ability to devote time to DEC activities. Members must reside or conduct the majority of their work in the territory the DEC covers. Members include exporters, export service providers and others whose profession supports U.S. export promotion efforts but may not be federally-registered lobbyists, federal government employees or individuals representing foreign governments.