Friday, September 23, 2016

17th annual Bringing the World to PA!

posted by Hannah Copenheaver
Governor Tom Wolf with Pennsylvania's Authorized Trade Representatives

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)    
    • Sarath Menon (Singapore) and May Abrera (Philippines)
    • Ms. Angela Foley
  • Canada           
    • Mr. Chris Leslie
  • Central & Eastern Europe (Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine)
    • Ms. Pavlina Becvarova
  • Germany (Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland)
    • Ms. Franziska Wegerich
  • India
    • Ms. Supriya Kanetkar
  • Indonesia
    • Ms. Mary Veronika
  • Mexico
    • Chris Leslie (Canada)
    • Mr. Efren Flores
  • Middle East (Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Turkey)
    • Mr. Seth Vogelman
  • Netherlands (Belgium, Netherlands)
    • Ms. Nora van der Horst
  • Saudi Arabia
    • Ms. Wiam Alwazir
  • Singapore (Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam)
    • Mr. Sarath Menon & Ms. Carma May Abrera
  • South Korea
    • Mr. Steve Shin
  • Taiwan
    • Ms. Irene Tsai & Ms. Amy Pan
  • United Kingdom (Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom)
    • Mr. Martin Lewis

Each year, the event seems to attract more and more companies – and we hit a record number! Companies represented the southcentral Pennsylvania area, which encompasses Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. Here are this year's event numbers:
  • 14 authorized trade representatives
  • 87 attendees for meetings
  • 41 different companies, 15 of which were new to the event
  • 150 meetings between companies and trade representatives

This year also presented a new opportunity for us to showcase the export program in front of Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf, as they kindly opened the Governor’s Residence to host the event.
Evening Reception:
Governor Tom Wolf
The day ended with a networking reception in the Governor’s Rose Garden. The 129 reception attendees included state and federal government officials, the Philadelphia consular corps members, World Trade Center Harrisburg members, event sponsors, and local manufacturers and trade service providers. Guests of Honor during the reception included:

  • Governor Tom Wolf
  • First Lady Frances Wolf
  • Department of Agriculture      
    • Secretary Russell Redding
    • Deputy Secretary Hannah Smith-Brubaker
  • Department of Community and Economic Development  
    • Secretary Dennis Davin
    • Deputy Secretary Joseph Burke
    • DCED Secretary Dennis Davin
    • Deputy Secretary Carol Kilko
  • Department of Education
    • Secretary Pedro Rivera
  • Department of Labor & Industry
    • Secretary Kathy Manderino
  • Department of State   
    • Secretary Pedro Cort├ęs
  • Germany: Honorary Consul Ralf D. Weidemann
  • Flanders: Representative Daisy van den Hooff-Mertens
  • France: Honorary Consul Michael E. Scullin
  • Mexico: Consul Alicia Kerber
  • Pakistan: Honorary Consul Inayat H. Kathio
  • Peru: Consul General Vitaliano Gallardo
  • Switzerland: Honorary Consul Christine Pfister
  • Uruguay: Honorary Consul Peter Longstreth

WTC Executive Director Tina Weyant
So, why do we hold this event?
We wanted to showcase just how large the southcentral Pennsylvania export economy is and why it is important to our state’s growth. Studies show that manufactures who export show increased and faster profits, which in turn leads to more jobs and higher paid workers. According to the latest merchandise export trade statistics for US Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA's), which were released on September 8, 2016, the seven MSA's of southcentral Pennsylvania exported a total of $8,818,824,663 in 2015. This represents 22.4% of the total Pennsylvania state exports!  These figures demonstrate just how vast and mighty this region truly is.

Thank you to our event sponsors!

We would like to extend a special 'thank you' to Team Pennsylvania, the event’s signature sponsor, for all of their gracious support. At the silver level, we had the support of UPS and the York County Economic Alliance, York’s chamber of commerce and economic development corporation. At the bronze level, CAM Innovation (a York-county manufacturer), Fulton Bank’s international group, K&L Gates, Klinge Corporation (also a York-county manufacturer), and Stambaugh Ness provided additional financial support. Furthermore, the program would not have been possible without our partnership with MANTEC.  

Steve Shin (Korea), Franziska Wengerich (Germany), and Nora van der Horst (Netherlands)

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