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CITD Co-Hosts Seminar for San Diego Manufacturers
November 13, 2013
The San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) and the National City Chamber of Commerce co-hosted a seminar for area manufacturers titled "International Opportunities and Resources for San Diego Manufacturers". The purpose of the seminar was to provide information on various resources available to local manufacturers and opportunities for exporting their products and services.
After opening remarks by Jacqueline Reynoso, CEO of the National City Chamber of Commerce, Brad Raulston, Director of Community Development for the City of National City, and Sid Voorakkara, Senior Business Development Specialist with the State of California's Office of Business and Economic Development, representatives from various trade, economic, and workforce development organizations from both San Diego and Baja California presented on business opportunities in Mexico and overseas, permitting requirements, tools and resources to improve productivity and profitability, as well as manufacturing training and workforce development programs. Roberto Moreno, Investment Promoter with COPRETEC (Tecate Economic Development Commission) and Flavio Olivieri, Executive Director of the Tijuana Economic Development Corporation, provided information on supply chain opportunities with manufactuers in the northern Baja California region. Linda Greenberg, Principal of Lee & Associates discussed permitting requirements, regulations, zoning and other concerns for U.S. manufacturers. Lorri Aiello, Project Manager with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) provided an overview of the various training and consulting services available through CMTC to help manufactures increase their productivity and develop an export plan. Ed Smith, Associate Director with the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) at San Diego City College, explained how the CACT helps manufacturers by providing technology education, customized manufacturing training, and consulting services. Finally, Rick de Lambert, Commercial Officer with the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Victor Castillo, Director of the San Diego Center for International Trade Development provided an overview of the low and no-cost services available to assist businesses with exporting their products and services.
See additional photos from the event here.