Making Global Local

Building Partnerships, Supporting U.S. Jobs, Growing U.S. Exports

Making Global Local is an initiative designed to connect towns and cities across the country with USTDA's export-promoting programs. Over the past year, U.S. companies have increasingly targeted emerging economies as export destinations. Given its unique role, USTDA is perfectly positioned to support U.S. businesses interested in entering or expanding their presence in developing and middle-income countries.

The hallmark of USTDA assistance is establishing links between U.S. companies and foreign project sponsors, bringing proven private sector solutions to development challenges abroad. In the past year, USTDA's reverse trade missions to the United States have connected more than 600 foreign delegates to over 1,000 U.S. Company representatives across the country.

The aim of Making Global Local is to increase the number of U.S. businesses that are benefitting from the Agency's programs in order to expand their exports to emerging markets and create high-paying jobs in their communities. To accomplish this goal, USTDA is forging new and innovative partnerships with business development and trade promotion organizations across the country.

Along with our colleagues throughout the federal government, USTDA is fully committed to helping U.S. businesses build things here and sell them everywhere. We look forward to continuing our successful collaboration with our partners amongst federal, state, and local governments, the U.S. business community, and overseas stakeholders by Making Global Local for communities across the United States. 

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Current List of Partner Organizations
Making Global Local - Partner Organizations
Organization City State
City of Durham, Office of Economic and Workforce Development Durham NC
California Centers for International Trade Development Santa Ana CA
Indy Chamber Indianapolis IN
University of Georgia Small Business Development Center Lawrenceville GA
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth Dallas TX
City of Norfolk Department of Development Norfolk VA
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development International Division Nashville TN
Nevada Industry Excellence Las Vegas NV
Northern California World Trade Center Sacramento CA
Denver Sister Cities International Denver CO
World Trade Center of New Orleans New Orleans LA
Missouri International Trade & Investment Office Jefferson City MO
Erie County Industrial Development Agency Buffalo NY
Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Pittsburgh PA
World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia Philadelphia PA
Virgina Small Business Development Center - Mason SBDC Fairfax VA
Vermont Economic Development Authority Montpelier VT
Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington Seattle WA
World Trade Center of San Diego San Diego CA
Mississippi Development Authority International Trade Office Jackson MS
Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers Philadelphia PA
Maryland Small Business Development Center College Park MD
Invest Atlanta Atlanta GA
World Trade Center Atlanta Atlanta GA
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Denver CO
Kansas Global Trade Services Wichita KS
World Trade Center St. Louis St. Louis MO
Tampa Bay International Business Council Tampa Bay FL
Minnesota Trade Office St. Paul MN
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation Los Angeles CA
Illinois Chamber of Commerce Chicago IL
Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment Boston MA
World Trade Center Savannah Savannah GA
Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC) Los Angeles CA
County of Riverside Office of Foreign Trade Riverside CA
Governor's Office of Economic Development, Office of International Trade and Diplomacy Salt Lake City UT
Greater Houston Partnership Houston TX
North Dakota Trade Office Fargo ND
Port of Virginia Norfolk VA
California Chamber of Commerce Sacramento CA
Mayor's Office of International Trade and Development Houston TX
Ohio Development Services Agency Columbus OH
State of New Jersey Business Action Center Trenton NJ
Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, Office of International Business Development Harrisburg PA
Florida Export Finance Corporation Miami FL
Elgin Development Group Elgin IL
City of Charlotte Charlotte NC
Becoming a Partner Organization

Interested in becoming a Making Global Local Partner Organization? By building strategic partnerships, USTDA and local business organizations can support the creation of high-paying jobs through the growth of U.S. exports.

If you are committed to this goal and have local market knowledge, we want to partner with you! By understanding the Agency's programs, partner organizations can help companies in their communities maximize the benefits of working with USTDA.

Examples of partner organizations include:

  • State, county, and city governmental entities
  • Local non-profit economic development organizations
  • Small Business Development Centers
  • World Trade Centers
  • Academic institutions

Benefits of Becoming a Making Global Local partner organization include:

  • Recognition as a Making Global Local partner organization on USTDA's website
  • Direct delivery of USTDA news & events
  • Access to a network of regional and industry experts to speak at events
  • Opportunity to co-host USTDA roundtables
  • Support for joint marketing and outreach campaigns

Contact us to learn how USTDA's program can expand exports sales in your community by becoming a Making Global Local partner organization. We look forward to working with you!

Leila Aridi Afas, Director for Export Promotion

Or call us at (703) 875-4357

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