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See how USTR has been promoting the National Export Initiative through events with business leaders and workers.


Ambassador Kirk to Co-Host “New Markets, New Jobs” Conference

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On Thursday, February 17, Ambassador Kirk will join Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills, Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States Fred Hochberg, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan, Governor Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to kickoff the National Export Initiative Small Business Tour. This forum is designed to help connect small- and medium-sized Minnesota businesses with the resources they need to sell more products around the world and create more jobs for American workers. Sign up to attend the conference here.


Kirk Welcomes Report on Small- and Medium-Sized Exporters 

Cash RegisterUnited States Trade Representative Ron Kirk said that the information in a new report from the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) will enhance USTR's efforts to  make American trade policy more responsive to the needs of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) wishing to export around the world and grow good jobs for workers  here at home.


U.S. Trade Representative Seeks to Boost Home-Grown Jobs, Global Exports

Ambassador Kirk Hosts SME ConferenceThe Office of the United States Trade Representative connects with small- and medium-sized businesses from across the United States today at a conference event entitled "Jobs on Main Street, Customers Around the World: A Positive Trade Agenda for US Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises."


USTR Ron Kirk is in South Carolina to Visit Clemson University, Meet with Business Leaders, Discuss the new National Export Initiative

Ambassador Kirk in South CarolinaAmbassador Kirk traveled to South Carolina in March 2010 to meet with local business leaders and discuss how the NEI can create jobs.


Deputy United States Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis Highlights National Export Initiative in Pennsylvania

Ambassador Kirk in Pennsylvania for NEI roundtableAmbassador Demetrios Marantis travels to Exton, Pennsylvania to talk about the Obama Administration's strategy to increase American exports and support high-paying American jobs in manufacturing, services, and agriculture.


USTR Ron Kirk Is In Wisconsin to Meet With Local Farmers and Business Leaders to Discuss Importance of Agriculture and Trade

Ambassador Kirk in WisconsinAmassador Kirk meets with local dairy farmers and business leaders in Wisconsin to discuss the importance of agriculture exports and positive international trade relationships.


Ambassador Sapiro Presents Small Business with Export Achievement Certificate

Ambassador Sapiro Visits Connecticut BusinessDeputy United States Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro visits a local manufacturer in Farmington, Connecticut and recognized its success in exporting to new markets.

NEI Information

Learn more about the President's National Export Initiative.


Kirk Comments on Exports, U.S. Jobs

Ambassador Kirk reviews President Barack Obama's comments on trade in his 2010 State of the Union address.


National Export Initiative Executive Order

President Obama signs an Executive Order instructing the federal government to enhance and coordinate Federal efforts to promote exports.


President Obama Details Administration Efforts to Support Two Million New Jobs by Promoting New Exports

President Obama announces five steps the Administration is taking under the NEI to help U.S. firms expand sales of their goods and services abroad.


PERAB: Exports and Job Creation

The President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board discusses exports and job creation during a public meeting.


President Obama Provides Progress Report on National Export Initiative, Announces Members of the President’s Export Council

President Barack Obama releases the first progress report on the National Export Initiative (NEI).


Another Step for American Manufacturing

Ambassador Kirk joins President Obama and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke in the signing of the Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010.


President Obama on Boosting American Exports

The President speaks to the President's Export Council on his Administration's commitment to increasing American exports and creating new jobs.

NEI Partners

Visit USTR's NEI partners across the federal government to learn more about their part in the initiative.

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Treasury Department Seal     Treasury Department

Department of Agriculture Seal     Department of Agriculture

Commerce Seal     Commerce Department

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OMB Seal     Office of Management and Budget

Export Import Bank Seal      Export-Import Bank

SBA Seal      Small Business Administration

OPIC Seal      Overseas Private Investment Corporation

USTDA Seal      Trade and Development Agency

National Export Initiative

Made in America

As President Obama announced in his State of the Union address, agencies across the federal government are teaming up under the National Export Initiative to create jobs by expanding exports. USTR is partnering with the Commerce Department, the Agriculture Department, the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Export-Import Bank, and others to open up new opportunities for American businesses to grow and create jobs through exports. A White House progress report on the National Export Initiative, issued in July 2010, illustrates how we’ve worked to support growth in U.S. export sales. In coordination with the NEI, the White House released on September 16 the Export Promotion Cabinet report to the President detailing a plan for successfully implementing the President’s goals.

USTR – led by Ambassador Ron Kirk – has a role in the National Export Initiative (NEI) that mirrors our core mission. USTR is negotiating the opening of new and expanding markets around the world, working in the Trans-Pacific Partnership of dynamic economies in the Asia-Pacific, advancing the World Trade Organization’s Doha Round negotiations, and addressing outstanding issues related to our pending Free Trade Agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama. We have renewed efforts to remove trade barriers for American exporters and vigorously enforce existing trade agreements. USTR is utilizing all tools at our disposal to ensure that our trading partners play by the rules and get concrete results for America’s farmers, workers, families and firms both small and large. And as a key member of the President’s Export Promotion Cabinet, Ambassador Kirk has been traveling throughout the United States, listening to American businesses and workers’ ideas and concerns.

As Ambassador Kirk has said, “President Obama and I firmly believe that a smart, aggressive [and] progressive trade policy of the United States can be a critical part of our overall economic recovery program.”

President Obama announces the National Export Initiative, a single, comprehensive strategy to mobilize the Federal Government to promote increased American exports, level the playing field for American companies, and create new jobs for American workers at the Export-Import Bank on March 11, 2010.

President Obama announces the creation of the President's Export Council and talks about the progress being made on finding new markets and new opportunities for American products on July 7, 2010.