TradePosts Issue:  April 3, 2017
CREATING JOBS, EXPANDING U.S. BUSINESSES 
SUCCESS STORY

U.S. EXPORTS TO CARTAGENA REFINERY MODERNIZATION AND EXPANSION PROJECT

USTDA supported the development of expanded refinery capacity in Colombia, which led to the export of over  $2.1 billion in U.S.-manufactured goods, services, and technologies.  Over  240 U.S. companies  from across the United States, stretching from West Virginia to Texas to California, played a critical role in the success of the project.
BLOG POST
By: Susan Chan Shifflett, USTDA East Asia Country Manager 

As smartphones have revolutionized the way people interact around the globe, "smart grid" technologies are revolutionizing the way people consume electricity. Through the development of innovative smart grid solutions, U.S. companies are making this revolution possible in ways big and small.

In its most basic form, smart grid solutions use two-way information communication technologies (ICT) to ensure the energy producer can deliver energy to the consumer when needed while allowing consumers to demand energy when prices are lowest. In short, smart grid technologies are helping utilities match energy demand with energy supply and giving utilities the ability to better understand their networks. Some of the U.S. leaders in this field include household names like OSIsoft, General Electric and IBM. However, as with much of technology innovation, it is important to watch the smaller companies to understand the true potential in the smart grid field. 

USTDA is doing just that. Through reverse trade missions, which bring foreign decision-makers to the United States to meet with U.S. manufacturing and services providers the Agency is connecting companies like these with foreign buyers of smart grid technologies.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Date: April 2 - 8, 2017
Cities: Washington, D.C.; Chicago, IL; Seattle, WA

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency is hosting the India Construction Safety Equipment Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) The event will bring public and private sector representatives of India's construction industries to the United States for a one-week visit to familiarize them with U.S. technologies, equipment, and standards The visit will introduce the delegates to U.S. companies that manufacture construction equipment that can meet India's needs as the country invests in its infrastructure development. 

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
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MAKING GLOBAL LOCAL (MGL)
Making Global Local is an initiative designed to connect towns and cities across the country with USTDA's export-promoting programs. Over the past few years, 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.
About USTDA
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.