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Date: Thur, 27 Jan 2005
From: TInews Announcement <announce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
To: TInews Announcement <tiannounce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
Subject: Commerce Grant Information Meetings Feb 3rd, 9th & 10th in DC, New York & Chicago

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January 27, 2005

Contact: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
E-mail: otti@trade.gov
Web: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov
Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887

Commerce Grant Information Meetings February 3rd, 9th & 10th in DC, New York or Chicago

Each year Commerce establishes partnerships with several trade associations and other industry-promotion organizations through the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP). The partnerships include financial assistance for these organizations as well as an opportunity to work more closely with ITA. We'd like to meet with as many organizations as possible in the next few weeks.

Yesterday, OTTI was provided with the information in this e-mail and asked to send it to contacts we may have at trade associations and other interested parties in the Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC areas. Commerce would like to invite you or maybe someone you feel should attend the appropriate MDCP outreach event listed below:

Learn about how the federal government can help your organization help your member companies be more competitive in the world economy. Each year we make several cash awards to associations and non-profits like yours. They use the funds to pursue projects that help U.S. firms develop foreign markets.

Thursday, February 10, 2005, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Chicago Export Assistance Center
200 West Adams Street
12th floor conference room
Chicago, IL 60606

If you can attend, sign up by February 3. Seating capacity in our Export Assistance Center is limited, so please confirm your attendance right away. More information is available at http://www.export.gov/mdcp.

If you wish to contact us via telephone, call Ms. Patricia Gershanik at 202-482-3858, or Ms. Jennifer Willis at 312-353-8040.


Wednesday, February 9, 2005, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
New York Export Assistance Center
20 Exchange Place 40th floor
(Corner of Exchange Place and William Street, one block south of Wall Street)

Confirm your attendance by February 3 by emailing Patricia_Gershanik@ita.doc.gov, or call 202-482-3858.


Thursday, February 3, 2005, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
U.S. Department of Commerce
(Herbert Hoover Building, room 4830)
14th Street, between Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues, N.W.
Please allow time to go through security and be escorted to room 4830.

Confirm your attendance by February 2 by emailing Patricia_Gershanik@ita.doc.gov.

To learn more about the Commerce MDCP go to: http://ita.doc.gov/td/mdcp/

Please note, there have been four Commerce MDCP grants issued for tourism in the few years. Travel South, The Los Angeles CVB, the Western States Tourism Policy Council, and Advantage West in 2004 were all tourism export related grants.


Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 7025
Washington, D.C. 20230
(202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887
e-mail: otti@trade.gov

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