President Obama has directed his administration – working through the White House Rural Council – to lead a Made in Rural America export and investment initiative over the next nine months. The goal of the initiative is to bring together federal resources to help rural businesses and leaders take advantage of new investment opportunities and access new customers and markets abroad. The President has instructed the White House Rural Council to coordinate efforts by the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce, the Small Business Administration, the Export-Import Bank, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and other agencies to connect more rural businesses of all types to export information and assistance. In addition – among other things – the Administration plans to host five Made in Rural America regional trade forums and convene an Investing in Rural America conference to promote investment opportunities.
[The full Fact Sheet on this new initiative is available here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/06/fact-sheet-opportunity-all-establishing-new-made-rural-america-export-an]
Source: NAFB News Service