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November 2013 Issue

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USTDA Director Named 2013 Smart Grid Pioneer

ARLINGTON, VA - The Honorable Leocadia I. Zak, Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, has been named one of 50 Smart Grid Pioneers in 2013 by Smart Grid Today, a leading trade publication that delivers comprehensive daily reporting on emerging trends, applications and policies driving the modern utility industry. Read more

Federal News Radio Features USTDA After Positive Results From OPM Annual Survey

WASHINGTON, DC – This month, the Office of Personnel Management published its results from the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which ranked USTDA as #1 Best Place to Work for small and independent agencies. Federal News Radio interviewed USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak to find out more about the Agency and its employees. Read the Federal News Radio article



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USTDA Expands Renewable Energy Cooperation Under USACEP

HANOI, VIETNAM – The Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam (ERAV) and General Electric (GE; Schenectady, NY) signed a contact Nov. 27, 2013 to develop wind grid code for the country's electric power sector, based on a technical assistance grant to ERAV funded by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. Read More

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USTDA proudly partners with BusinessUSA to Make it Easier to do Business in America

That’s the core objective of BusinessUSA. Approaching two years since its launch in early 2012, BusinessUSA was created to provide businesses a better entryway into the host of programs and opportunities the federal government has to offer. Too often, interactions with the government are burdensome, frustrating, and confusing. BusinessUSA aims to fix that by providing a single point of access to those programs and resources relevant to business owners and exporters.

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Upcoming Events


November 30 - December 7, 2013 : China Mid-Range and Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicle Fuel Standards Reverse Trade Mission- This Reverse Trade Mission will connect officials from China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Environmental Protection, and other relevant Chinese government agencies, associations, and institutes with officials from U.S. government agencies and organizations with responsibility for engine fuel consumption and emissions standards in the U.S., as well as U.S. firms that supply technologies and services that can assist China in addressing fuel engine consumption challenges. The visit will include meetings and site visits in Washington, DC; Detroit, MI; Columbus, IN; Indianapolis, IN; and Chicago, IL.


December 2-11, 2013 : Mexico Solar Power Development Reverse Trade Mission- The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is hosting a delegation of government officials and industry representatives from Mexico on a visit to the United States. The visit will provide an opportunity for the public and private sector delegates to become familiar with advancements in solar power generation in the United States, meet with U.S. industry and regulatory leaders, and learn about innovative U.S. solar power technologies and best practices related to the effective development, expansion, and management of solar power generation.


December 10, 2013 : U.S. - Turkey Smart Grid Technical Workshop - USTDA is sponsoring a one-day technical workshop on December 10, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. The event will provide a forum for U.S. – Turkish technical exchanges to foster U.S. – Turkish partnerships for state-of-the-art electricity distribution and highlight smart grid projects and initiatives, U.S. smart grid technologies, and the regulatory frameworks and financing mechanisms available to support these technologies.


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Open Solicitations and Business Opportunities


China: Air Quality Management Program Feasibility Study More info

Romania: Data Center Modernization and Consolidation Project Feasibility Study More Info

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Making Global Local

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.

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The Mayor's Office of International Trade & Development (MOITD) is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and continued growth of Houston's standing as a renowned international city.

 The MOITD’s objectives include promoting Houston to the world, bringing Houston recognition as an international city, and bridging international barriers to help Houston's companies expand their business to embrace global partnerships and international trade.

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