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2017 Recap: Annual Holiday Luncheon and Reception

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Posted by Katrina Chan

The World Trade Center Harrisburg team hosted the annual holiday luncheon on December 1st at the Out Door Country Club, York, PA for board members, members and sponsors. The luncheon started with an opening reception and light refreshments were served.



Tina Weyant presented the opening speech, highlighting key events that happened in 2017 - one big update being the move from York to the new Harrisburg World Trade Center Building.

This luncheon marked Jan Kreidler's last event as an employee of the WTC. Jan has been diligently working at the World Trade for the past 15 years. All of us at the World Trade Center will miss her, but we wish her all the best with retirement.


For this year's holiday luncheon, intern Katrina Chan delivered a lively and informative presentation about holiday customs and gift giving traditions in Malaysia.


For more information about Malaysia, the link to her presentation is here (including video links).

The luncheon ended with a …

Bringing the World to PA 2017

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Posted by Katrina Chan, Intern



This past week, The World Trade Center Harrisburg  in conjunction with the Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development hosted the 18th annual Bringing the World to PA . The event kicked-off at 7:30AM on Thursday, September 14, 2017 with registration which was followed by breakfast.

Appointments with PA’s Trade Offices:
PA’s authorized trade representatives meet with local firms eager to expand and grow their businesses. Companies had the opportunity to meet one on one with trade representatives throughout the day to discuss international market opportunity and map out a strategy that was custom fit to their respective businesses. These representatives cover 47 different international markets for Pennsylvania. 

All of Pennsylvania's Authorized Trade Representatives include:


Australia/New Zealand....Ms. Angela Foley Canada.......................Ms. Nancy Ward Central/Eastern Europe….Ms. Pavlina Becvarova China.........................Mr. Ni…

International Trade Conference 2017 Recap

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Posted by Emilie Smetak, Intern


This year marked our 18th annual trade conference, All Bets Are Off: Navigating a Changing Global Environment!The conference was hosted on May 25th in York, and speakers included government officials, finance advisors, business leaders and policy directors. Recaps of the presentations are provided below. We hope to see you next year!

“Making Trade Agreements Work For You!” Policy Director Brian Woodward, Office of Trade AgreementsNegotiations and Compliance (TANC), and president of Klinge Corporation Allan Klinge spoke on the many services provided by TANC and the ability for businesses to tap into these resources. Woodward described TANC’s expertise in areas relating to competition, import licensing, government procurement and state-owned enterprises, as well as the diplomatic/advocacy tools available. Klinge detailed how his refrigeration company reached out to TANC when faced with trading concerns and was impressed with the speed in which they receiv…

The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment

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Posted by Jillian McCue, Intern


Have you ever wondered how much Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has been invested in the Southcentral PA region? In 2016, our region had 898 foreign owned companies operating in the area who employed 71,519 employees!
We were able to pull together regional level as well as county level data for both, number of foreign owned companies and the number of personnel employed by those foreign owned companies, from recent data from Dun & Bradstreet.

The report focuses in detail on the impact of FDI for our region’s eight counties, as well as how our region compares to the others within the state. AdamsBerksCumberlandDauphinFranklinLancasterLebanonYork








Southcentral was the third highest-ranking region based on number of foreign owned companies and number of employees of foreign owned companies (behind Southeast which has the Philadelphia metropolitan area, and Southwest which has the Pittsburgh metropolitan area)The number of employees of foreign owned compani…

Southcentral PA's 2015 MSA Report

Posted by Brittany Fleisher, Intern

Each year following the International Trade Administrations’ release of their “Metropolitan Export Series” data, we summarize the information for our region. The southcentral region of Pennsylvania encompasses seven Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). These seven MSAs grew their exports by $2.3 billion since 2010, reaching a total of $8.8 billion in 2015 that accounted for 22.4% of the total share of Pennsylvania’s exports. Since 2005, export sales for our region have increased by over 159%. 
Metropolitan Statistical Area 2005 Ranking out of 371 U.S. MSA’s 2005 Total Export Sales 2014 Ranking out of 386 U.S. MSA’s 2014 Total Export Sales 2015 Ranking out of 386 U.S. MSA’s 2015 Total Export Sales Harrisburg-Carlisle 127 $824.1 M 79 $3.053 B 78 $2.926 B York-Hanover 95 $1.288 B 102 $2.024 B 95 $2.076 B Reading 151

17th annual Bringing the World to PA!

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posted by Hannah Copenheaver

In conjunction with the Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development, we hosted the 17th annual Bringing the World to PA on Monday, September 19, 2016.

Meetings with PA’s Trade Offices:
The event brought 14 of PA’s authorized trade representatives to meet one on one with local manufacturers and colleges to discuss their international business strategies. These representatives cover 46 different international markets for Pennsylvania. The list of Pennsylvania's Authorized Trade Representatives in attendance included:  Australia (Australia, New Zealand)Ms. Angela FoleyCanada           Mr. Chris LeslieCentral & Eastern Europe (Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine)Ms. Pavlina BecvarovaGermany (Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland)Ms. Franziska WegerichIndiaMs. Supriya KanetkarIndonesiaMs. Mary VeronikaMexicoMr. Efren FloresMidd…