The world will be coming to Pennsylvania starting next week. The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development will be hosting trade representatives from around the globe for a series of trade-related events around the state.
This year, the Lehigh Valley will be participating in the annual “Bringing the World to Pa.” tour.
The tour, which kicks off sept. 12 in State College, gives Pennsylvania companies the chance to meet and discuss export opportunities with authorized trade representatives from more than a dozen countries.
Companies in the Lehigh Valley still have time to register for the “Bringing the World to Pa.” event in Bethlehem, which is Sept. 22 at the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeast Pennsylvania on the campus of Lehigh University.
Cora Landis, director of the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center, said she is organizing something that goes beyond the simple networking.
“We’re creating an all-day event,” Landis said.
Besides one-on-one meetings with trade representatives that she will help arrange, Landis is bringing in speakers and organizing workshops to help participating companies learn more about important issues they face in the global economy.
One of the featured speakers will be Charles Kelly of the FBI, who will talk about overseas domestic travel security and economic espionage.
There also will be workshops on data breaches, international finance and reputation management.
Noting that 6.5 percent of the state’s gross domestic product – about $39.4 billion – comes from exports, DCED Secretary Dennis Davin said it is important for the department to encourage companies to export.
Participating countries include Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and United Kingdom.
For more information, visit dced.pa.gov/worldtopa.