Florida, February 2010
February 22-24, 2010
1,965 miles total
On February 22, Ambassador Kirk arrived in Orlando, Florida to give a keynote speech to the Retail Industry Leaders Association Logistics Conference. During his visit to Orlando, Ambassador Kirk will met with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and toured the University of Central Florida Center for Emerging Media. Ambassador Kirk also met with local business leaders to discuss President Obama's new National Export Initiative (NEI), how the NEI can help small businesses grow and create more jobs and how Florida can build a brighter future through exports.
On February 24, Ambassador Kirk traveled to Tampa, Florida to tour the Port of Tampa and meet with local government and business leaders. During his visit to Tampa, Ambassador Kirk learned more about the largest, most diversified seaport in Florida and how a growing component of the port's business is its container trade, which links Tampa directly with Asia and providing connections across the globe and play a role in the Port of Tampa's economic success. Ambassador Kirk also met with Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio's Economic Development Team and participated in a small business roundtable to discuss why trade is good for the U.S. economy and how trade can help local business owners create jobs in Florida.