Statement From U.S. Secretary Of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. on International Trade in Goods and Services in February 2017

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. issued the following statement today on the release of the February 2017 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services monthly data. In February 2017, the trade deficit stood at $43.6 billion compared to $45.6 billion in February 2016. In February 2017, exports of goods and services stood at $192.9 billion, compared to $180.7 billion in February 2016. In February 2017, imports of goods and services stood at $236.4 billion, compared to $226.3 billion in February 2016.

“While we’ve seen an improvement in the trade figures between January and February, we continue to be very focused on eliminating our nation’s trade imbalance,” said Secretary Ross. “Just last week, President Trump issued two executive orders, the first of which directs Commerce to lead a comprehensive review of our trade deficits and foreign violations of trade our trade rules. The second provides a mechanism by which we will collect all duties from importers who are cheating. This administration is determined to achieve free and fair trade, to protect hard working Americans, and to grow our economy.”

The seasonally adjusted trade deficit in February stood at $43.6 billion, down from $48.2 billion in January, a decrease of $4.6 billion or 9.6 percent. Exports increased $.4 billion from $192.5 billion in January to $192.9 billion in February. Imports decreased $4.3 billion from $240.7 billion in January to $236.4 billion in February.

The increase in exports of goods was driven by consumer goods which increased $.7 billion to $17.1 billion and military and other goods which increased $.5 billion to $4.9 billion. The decrease in imports of goods were driven by consumer goods which decreased $3.1 billion to $49.0 billion and automotive vehicles, parts and engines which decreased $2.6 billion to $29.1 billion. There was a services surplus for the month of $21.4 billion.

7th Annual SBA Southern California 8(a) and Small Business Conference

April 12, 2017 | 8:00 am PDT – 3:30 pm PDT
Hotel Irvine
17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA,92614
Organization:
SBA Santa Ana District Office

The SBA’s Santa Ana District Office and Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC are proud to present the 7th Annual Southern California 8(a) and Small Business Conference. The 2017 Conference will be held at the Hotel Irvine on April 12, 2017.

The purpose of this Conference is to provide a forum to educate, guide, and assist small business, in working with federal, local, and state governments. This event will provide an opportunity to meet buyers and contracting officers from large companies and government agencies to discuss business opportunities in a one-on-one setting.

The SBA’s Santa Ana District Office is engaging subject matter experts to deliver informative presentations on topics of importance to government and commercial sector prime and subcontractors through numerous workshops. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking.

Keep in mind: THIS IS A TOOL IN THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS. DO NOT EXPECT TO WIN A CONTRACT ON-SITE. Ask pertinent questions and find out what companies and agencies are looking for and what you need to do to qualify.

This will be our largest conference to date. You can’t afford to miss this event.

$80 fee, Pre-registration Required by 04/11, 7th Annual SBA Southern California 8(a) and Small Business Conference: Southern California’s Largest Small Business Matchmaking Event! The purpose of this Conference is to provide a forum to educate, guide, and assist small businesses in working with federal, local, and state governments. This event will provide an opportunity to meet buyers and contracting officers from large companies and government agencies to discuss business opportunities in a one-on-one setting. The SBA’s Santa Ana District Office is engaging subject matter experts to deliver informative presentations on topics of importance to government and commercial sector prime and subcontractors through numerous workshops. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking!

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Xi Jinping of China

President Donald J. Trump will host President Xi Jinping of China at Mar-a-Lago April 6–7, 2017. This will be the first meeting between President Trump and President Xi. The two leaders will discuss global, regional, and bilateral issues of mutual concern. The President and the First Lady will also host President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan at a dinner on the evening of April 6.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Announces FirstNet Public-Private Partnership

March 30, 2017, the Department of Commerce and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the selection of AT&T to build the first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders. Speakers at the announcement event included Secretary Wilbur Ross, Congressman Greg Walden, Congresswoman Susan Brooks, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, FirstNet board bmembers, and public safety officers and first responders.

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at the Women’s Empowerment Panel

White House – March 30, President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at the Women’s Empowerment Panel in the East Room. (Official White House Photo by Jonathan Gallegos)

U.S. Wastewater Treatment Business Development Mission to China

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Join the U.S. Wastewater Treatment Business Development Mission to China
June 11 – 17, 2017

The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA), is organizing an Executive-led Wastewater Treatment Business Development Mission to Beijing, Nanjing, and Guangzhou China.

This mission is a follow-up to an April 2015 Smart Cities – Smart Growth Business Development Mission to China led by Secretary Pritzker. This mission will promote U.S. exports to China by supporting U.S. companies in launching or increasing their business in the marketplace products and services relating to wastewater treatment, including industrial wastewater treatment. Key elements will include business-to-government and business-to-business meetings, market briefings, and networking events.

Commercial Setting

China:
China’s dire environmental situation has galvanized the government to initiate political objectives to invest in new technology to combat water, air, and soil contamination. Under the 13th Five Year Plan (2016-2020), investment in environmental protection is estimated to reach US$ 1.37 trillion. Of that amount, about US$ 291 billion will be dedicated to water pollution control.

Investments are to focus mostly on monitoring of pollution, as well as control action plans to decrease contamination amounts. Since the environmental market has been identified by the government as a strategic industry, it is expected to continue its growth over the next few years, and likely even beyond given the scope of the work to be done. From 2011 to 2015, the industry grew at an average annual growth rate of over 15 percent. It is expected to maintain its growth at an annual average rate of 30 percent. In the next ten years China’s environmental technologies market is expected to grow exponentially, eclipsing the $275 billion U.S. market and becoming the largest global consumer of environmental technologies by 2025. As a global leader in producing and implementing environmental technologies, the United States’ environmental technologies industry is poised to grow dramatically if the U.S. can successfully position itself as China’s primary provider of these technologies and associated services.

U.S. companies are well positioned to take advantage of immediate opportunities in air pollution monitoring and control; water and wastewater treatment and protection; and waste management.

Mission Goals:
This mission will demonstrate the United States’ commitment to sustained economic partnerships in China. The mission’s purpose is to support the business development goals of U.S. firms as they construct a firm foundation for future business in China and specifically aims to:

• Assist in identifying potential partners and strategies for U.S. companies in the target sectors.
• Confirm U.S. Government support for the activities of U.S. businesses in China and to provide access to senior decision makers in the Chinese government.
• Listen to the needs, suggestions and experience of individual participants to help shape appropriate U.S. Government positions regarding U.S. business interests in the region.
• Organize private and focused events with local business and association leaders capable of becoming partners and clients of U.S. firms as they develop their business in each country.
• Assist development of competitive strategies and market access with high level information gathering from private and public-sector leaders.

Trade Mission Features:

Trade mission delegates will participate in a five-day program, including roundtables and policy meetings with officials in China. The mission will stop in Beijing, Nanjing, and Guangzhou. In Beijing, the capital of China, the schedule will primarily consist of scene setting briefings and engagements with Chinese officials. The mission will coincide with the China International Environmental Protection Exhibition and Conference (CIEPEC). CIEPEC is the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s biennial sponsored trade show and conference. CIEPEC draws officials from all regional Environmental Protection Bureaus (EPBs) and municipalities, providing access to the tendering organizations that are developing water and wastewater treatment plant projects. Participants will have an opportunity to walk this trade show floor, as well as have a series of one-on-one meetings with pre-screened potential agents, distributors, and representatives at the show. In Nanjing and Guangzhou, participants will also have one-on-one meetings with pre-screened potential partners, as well as meet end users and government officials.

Following the stops in Beijing and Nanjing, the delegation will travel to Guangzhou, where they will meet with pre-screened potential partners, end users and government officials. In each city, the participants will also attend market briefings by U.S. Embassy officials and other industry experts, as well as networking events offering further opportunities to speak with local business and industry decision-makers.

Fees and Expenses
• $5,300 for a small or medium-sized enterprise (less than 500 employees)
• $5,700 for a large firm
•$500 for each additional firm participant

Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant

To Apply
Recruitment for the mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than May 12, 2017. The U.S. Department of Commerce will review applications and make selection decisions until the maximum number of participants is reached. We will inform applicants of selection decisions as soon as possible after applications are reviewed. Applications received after May 1, 2017 will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit.

CONTACTS:
General Information and Applications:
The Office of Business Liaison
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 5062
Washington, DC 20230

Proposed Technological Hub Being Discussed in Compton

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An artist’s rendering with an aerial perspective shows the HubCity Live project, a new technological hub proposed for the city of Compton. The proposed development could provide more than 1,000 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs for the area. (Courtesy photo)

COMPTON — With a new technological hub proposed here, the city is hoping to produce the next Snapchat or Steve Jobs.

HubCity Live is a $145 million development that will house a seven-story innovation and business center with labs, offices and flats, a three-story cultural and education center including a performing arts theatre and fitness facility, and a five-story plaza with a virtual reality video game arcade, shops and restaurants.

Ivory Chambeshi, the project’s community and economic development director, said she is most enthusiastic about the business and innovation site since it can “show urban youth that they are valuable and they can have the possibility to work with entrepreneurs and see the potential for their lives.”

The component will include an incubator, a Hackerspace (a community project area), a supercomputing lab, a Makerspace consisting of a wood shop and machine shop and a three-dimensional printer lab. Entrepreneurs can also take advantage of six living labs (apartments that integrate a group workspace), 36 co-office spaces and 25 micro-flats.

“I’m excited that the city gets to experience this for generations to come,” said Rickie Byars Beckwith, the founder of HubCity Live. “We can come together to talk about what’s wrong in the world, or more importantly, what’s right in the world and how we can keep it going.”

Though one of the project’s main goals is to create an environment for long-term innovation, its directors also aim to generate construction and retail jobs for the local population.

The HubCity Live team plans to dedicate 10 percent of the 1,070 available construction and 500 permanent jobs to locals, ex-offenders and other “hard-to-employ” populations, Chambeshi said. It has also made a commitment to increase the involvement of veterans in technology.

By integrating the community and investing in its creative development, the HubCity Live directors said the project will benefit all residents rather than pushing them out through gentrification.

“This is definitely something we’re sensitive to, as a minority and woman-run project,” Chambeshi said, adding that the city already has strong rates of home ownership.

“On the other side of the coin of gentrification is displacement, and we’re adding units of housing.”

The target site is also an unused area, though the team is still considering three other spaces, according to Chambeshi.

The project is currently undergoing preliminary discussions with Compton’s Mayor Aja Brown and the City Council to secure the property. Chambeshi said it is slated for completion in 2019.

“A lot of people will see the area from the Artesia (91) Freeway, and to have that associated with Compton would be great,” said Compton’s chief building official David Dent.

Its proximity to the MTA Blue Line and its status as a hub for traffic from the Port of Long Beach also makes Compton an ideal location for such a development, according to Chambeshi.

“Urban America is overlooked as a site for tech innovation,” she said.

The development was born out of Beckwith’s desire to expand her mobile arts education program and summer camp, Kuumba In Motion, to include Compton students.

When the 2015 movie “Straight Outta Compton” was released, it did not screen in the city because it has no movie theater, a fact that underscored the lack of a strong cultural presence in Compton, Chambeshi said.

Although plans for HubCity Live do not include a movie theater, the performing arts theater will have screening capabilities.

The potential for a creative hub has also attracted celebrity attention. Advisory board members will include actresses Rosario Dawson and Hillary Swank, as well as former professional boxer Laila Ali (daughter of Muhammad Ali), inspirational speaker Iylana Vanzant and singer Siedah Garrett.

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By: Anne Artley