Texas, February 2011
On Thursday, February 24, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk traveled to Austin to co-host a roundtable with Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples. Farmers and ranchers from Travis County and across Central Texas attended to discuss their successes, challenges and goals related to selling agricultural goods to customers around the world. Ambassador Kirk highlighted how the U.S.-Korea trade agreement will increase export opportunities and support roughly 38,000 jobs on Texas farms and ranches. He will also answer questions about other Obama Administration trade initiatives and how they will help boost Texas’ economy.
On Friday, February 25, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk met with central Texas business leaders to share export opportunities available through global trade. In the morning, Ambassador Kirk toured Formaspace Technical Furniture to discuss how President Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI) works for small businesses. Later, he delivered remarks at the International Business Coalition Luncheon sponsored by the Texas Chamber of Commerce. Ambassador Kirk highlighted how pending U.S. trade agreements with Korea, Panama and Colombia will enable Texas businesses increase exports and support well-paying jobs here at home.