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Making Global LocalBuilding 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 well-positioned to support U.S. businesses interested in entering or expanding their presence in developing and middle-income countries.

The hallmark of USTDA's assistance is establishing links between U.S. companies and foreign project sponsors, bringing private sector solutions to development challenges abroad. Last year, USTDA’s reverse trade mission program connected nearly 700 U.S. firms to foreign decision‐makers during 32 events across 69 American cities.

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 has forged 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.

Current List of Partner Organizations
Making Global Local - Partner Organizations
State Organization
CA California Centers for International Trade Development
CA California Chamber of Commerce
CA County of Riverside Office of Foreign Trade
CA Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
CA Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC)
CA Northern California World Trade Center
CA World Trade Center of San Diego
CO Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
CO Denver Sister Cities International
FL Florida Export Finance Corporation
FL Tampa Bay International Business Council
GA Invest Atlanta
GA University of Georgia Small Business Development Center
GA World Trade Center Atlanta
GA World Trade Center Savannah
IL Elgin Development Group
IL Illinois Chamber of Commerce
IN Indy Chamber
KS Kansas Global Trade Services
LA World Trade Center of New Orleans
MA Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment
MD Maryland Small Business Development Center
MN Minnesota Trade Office
MO Missouri International Trade & Investment Office
MO World Trade Center St. Louis
MS Mississippi Development Authority International Trade Office
NC City of Charlotte
NC City of Durham, Office of Economic and Workforce Development
ND North Dakota Trade Office
NJ State of New Jersey Business Action Center
NV Nevada Industry Excellence
NY Erie County Industrial Development Agency
OH Ohio Development Services Agency
PA Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
PA Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, Office of International Business Development
PA Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers
PA World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia
TN Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development International Division
TX Greater Houston Partnership
TX Mayor's Office of International Trade and Development
TX World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
UT Governor's Office of Economic Development, Office of International Trade and Diplomacy
UT Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development
VA Arlington Economic Development
VA City of Norfolk Department of Development
VA Northern Virginia Export Assistance Center – Mid-Atlantic Region (DC, VA, WV, MD, DE)
VA Port of Virginia
VA Virginia Small Business Development Centers at George Mason University
VT Vermont Economic Development Authority
WA Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington