Des Moines, Iowa, Aug 06, 2014 -- On Friday, August 8, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will keynote the third White House Rural Council “Made In Rural America Regional Forum” at Cornell College to support export opportunities for rural businesses and farmers across the State of Iowa.
This forum is a cornerstone of the “Made in Rural America” Export and Investment Initiative as well as part of President Obama’s broad commitment to supporting economic growth and job creation in rural communities.
Made-in-America exports drove nearly one-third of U.S. economic growth since 2009. Under the Obama Administration, American businesses have driven record exports for four consecutive years, reaching $2.3 trillion in 2013. Export activities support 11.3 million American jobs. Iowa is the 2nd largest exporter of agricultural products in the United States, shipping $11.3 billion in agricultural exports 2012 (USDA).
President Obama has embarked on the most significant trade agenda in American history, negotiating unprecedented trade agreements with the Asia-Pacific and the European Union that will unlock opportunity and strengthen the Middle Class – including in rural America.
These cutting-edge agreements will benefit Iowans by breaking down trade barriers to the state’s four largest export markets: Canada, Mexico, Japan, and the European Union. Ambassador Froman will discuss this and other ways that the President’s trade agenda will help rural Iowans.
This event is hosted by the National Association of Counties and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, with support from the White House Domestic Policy Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Export-Import Bank, the Small Business Administration, Iowa Economic Development Authority, the East Central Iowa Council of Governments, and the Food Export Association.
WHAT: U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman headlines White House “Made in Rural America Regional Forum” to discuss export opportunities for rural producers and businesses in Iowa.
WHO: U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman
WHEN: Friday, August 8, 1:45pm CDT
WHERE: Cornell College
Mt. Vernon, IA
Contact USDA Rural Development
For more information about USDA Rural Development please call (515) 284-4663 or visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,000 jobs, aided 2,600 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
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