Bringing the World to PA 2017

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. Nik Snyder
Germany.....................Ms. Franziska Wegerich
India..........................Ms. Supriya Kanetkar
Korea.........................Mr. Steve Shin
Mexico ...................... Ms. Lorena Ozuna
Middle East Region.........Mr. Seth Vogelman
Netherlands/Belgium......Mr. Henk-Jan Broeksma
Saudi Arabia...............  Mr. Will Brodt
Singapore................... Ms. May Abrera
Taiwan ..................... Ms. Irene Tsai, Ms. Amy Pan
United Arab Emirate...... Ms. Arshi Shaikh
United Kingdom............ Mr. Martin Lewis


Companies that attended the event represented a broad range of industries that manufacture unique products. 

Lunch Reception:
Lunch was served at the Sheraton-Harrisburg Hotel where the event was held. This year’s keynote speaker was Kieran Dolan, the VP of Bank of Ireland Global Markets.


Lunch at the Sheraton-Harrisburg Hotel



Dolan’s insightful message included a background and analysis of the market in Ireland, United States, and an overview of the Ireland-US trade relationship

Representatives from UPS, Fulton Financial Corporation and Stambaugh Ness

A networking session followed shortly after lunch, allowing companies, exhibitors, sponsors and trade representatives to connect. The day ended late afternoon at 4pm.



Special Thank You to our Sponsors
The World Trade Center would like to thank its sponsors and partners for their kind support for the Bringing the world to PA Annual Event. 

Our Silver Level Sponsors:
Stambaugh Ness
UPS
York County Economic Alliance

Our Bronze Level Sponsors:
Bank of Ireland
Fulton Financial Cooperation 

Strategic Partners:
MANTEC
PA's Office of International Business Development

Our annual event is yet again another success because of their generosity.

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