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USTDA Welcomes A New Making Global Local Partner to Promote U.S. Exports

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

(USTDA)  ARLINGTON, Va. – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced its partnership with Arlington Economic Development through the Agency's Making Global Local initiative.

“USTDA is proud to be headquartered in Arlington, and we look forward to collaborating with Arlington Economic Development on innovative ways to increase the area’s exports to emerging markets and to support high-paying jobs in northern Virginia,” said Ashley E. Chang, USTDA’s Director of Public Engagement.

Over the past few years, U.S. companies have increasingly targeted emerging economies as export destinations. Given its unique role, USTDA is perfectly positioned to help its Making Global Local partners support U.S. businesses interested in entering or expanding their presence in developing and middle-income countries.

Making Global Local connects companies across the country to USTDA’s export promotion programs through strategic partnerships between the Agency and local economic development organizations. By understanding USTDA’s programs and priorities, Arlington Economic Development can help its member companies identify sales opportunities in emerging markets. Its stakeholders will also be connected to USTDA’s reverse trade missions, which offered 697 U.S. firms the opportunity to meet with foreign decision-makers during 32 events in 69 U.S. cities last year alone.

For more information on the initiative, or to learn more about becoming a partner organization, please visit