The International Trade Administration is seeking by Aug. 17 nominations to serve as member of a new Central California District Export Council. As representatives of the local exporting community  DEC members must reside in, or conduct the majority of their work in, the territory that the DEC covers, which includes the counties of Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Luis Obispo, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne, and surrounding areas.

DECs 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. and Foreign Commercial Service, and assist in coordinating the activities of trade assistance partners to leverage available resources. Each DEC has a maximum of 35 members appointed to staggered four-year terms. Because the CenCal DEC will be a new DEC, up to 17 members will be appointed from the date of appointment until Dec. 31, 2019, and up to 18 individuals will be appointed from the date of appointment until Dec. 31, 2021.

Appointment is based upon an individual’s international trade leadership in the local community, ability to influence the local environment for exporting, knowledge of day-to-day international operations, interest in export development, and willingness and ability to devote time to DEC activities. Members must be employed as exporters or export service providers or in a profession that supports U.S. export promotion efforts.

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