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We counsel local business executives and managers on strategies for increasing sales of their products and service in foreign markets.
We advise Alaska businesses on issues, laws and regulations involving Alaska exports.
We inform/educate the business community about opportunities associated with the export of products and services through:
In 1960, the President asked the Secretary of Commerce to enlist the efforts of the U.S. business community in enlarging export opportunities for American firms. Responding to this challenge, the National Export Expansion Council was formed.
In response to National Export Expansion Council recommendations and to stimulate greater business participation in the national export expansion effort, the President signed an Executive Order in 1973 that directed the Secretary of Commerce to establish District Export Councils throughout the United States.
Under the authority of the U.S. Department of Commerce, 41 DEC’s were established by the Secretary of Commerce in 1974. Approximately 1,000 business and trade experts were appointed to serve on the newly formed DEC’s. Since then, the number of DEC’s and DEC membership has been expanded to better meet the needs of the growing number of U.S. exporters.
Under the Secretary’s guidelines, the District Export Councils were specifically created to promote exports in their local communities. DEC’s are not advisory committees and are not subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). As a volunteer group, DEC’s do not receive government appropriations or compensation. They also do not have access to classified information and therefore, do not have security clearances.
Each DEC has approximately 30 members, at least half of whom are exporters. Members also include export trading or management company representatives; bankers; international lawyers and accountants; freight forwarders; and others whose profession supports the U.S. government’s export promotion mission.
Recommendations for appointment are based on the individual’s position in the local business community, knowledge of day-to-day international operations, interest in export development, and willingness and ability to devote time to the council — at his or her own expense.
Notices requesting applications for nomination are placed in the Federal Register and elsewhere to attract new nominees. The local U.S. Commercial Service Director, in consultation with the staff, other DEC members and local partner organizations recommends individuals for membership.
A fair and transparent review and appointment process is conducted within Commerce, and the Secretary makes the final decision on all membership and leadership appointments. Members are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to staggered four-year terms.
President, SGT LLC
President, ADS-B Technologies LLC
President, Sky Airparts International Inc.
President, ITC Communications
Executive Director, World Trade Center Anchorage (Alaska)
Assistant Vice President, Wells Fargo
Chairman, Dowland-BAch Corporation
President, TDX Corporation
Director Sale & Marketing, Phillips Cruises LLC
President, VECO International
Marketing Coordinator, Northern Alaska Tour Company
Owner and CEO, JP Air
Owner & CEO, Susitna Recreational Camps Inc.
President, BSTC Communications, Inc.
Alaska Manager, Transgroup
External Affairs Director, Port of Alaska
Director - Alaska, U.S. Commercial Services
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