International Trade as a Component of a State’s Economic Strategy

5:00 pm EST

The recent supply chain challenges have spotlighted the central role that international trade plays in our state and local economies and the importance of developing a comprehensive international trade strategy. International trade is 12 percent of our nation’s gross domestic product and supports millions of good paying jobs.

The State International Development Organizations (SIDO), the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) and the State Economic Development Executive (SEDE) Network presented a webinar on how state international trade development offices and Economic Development Districts (EDDs) can coordinate on the development of a comprehensive international trade strategy, including promoting exports, attracting FDI, and mitigating supply chain disruptions.

• Andy Karellas, Executive Director, State International Development Organizations (SIDO)
• Bob Isaacson, Senior Vice President, Center for Regional and Economic Competitiveness (CREC)
• Heather Johnson, Commissioner of Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
• Barrett Haga, Senior Engagement Administrator, Economic Development Administration (EDA)
• Wade Merritt, President and State Director of International Trade, Maine International Trade Center
• Gabrielle Gerbaud, Executive Director, Trade Office and Chief Protocol Officer for the State of Minnesota
• Nicole Griensewic, Region Nine Development Commission, Mankato, MN

This was a joint SEDE/EDA webinar so attendees included an EDA audience. The Recording and slides used in the presentations are available online.


The materials included on these State-Local Alignment webpages were prepared by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness using Federal funds under award ED21HDQ3070060 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.