|Keynote speaker Fred Hochberg, Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S.|
On January 30th, the Rotary Club of Milwaukee partnered with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), Milwaukee 7, MMAC and the World Trade Association to host a breakfast on exporting and the world economy. The event featured Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., Fred Hochberg, and Congresswoman Gwen Moore.
Afterward, Bill Burnett, M7 director of Export Services, presented on the Global Cities Export Initiative, now moving into the implementation phase. As part of his presentation, Bill mentioned Rotary’s own Global Milwaukee Committee, whose mission to serve as a trust bridge for companies seeking to export is very much in line with the message of the event.
Speakers at the breakfast emphasized the importance of increasing exports to markets around the world and the opportunities available. “The convening of such an enthusiastic group of leaders from Wisconsin's businesses and non-profits is a testament to local support for America's engagement in the world,” said Ashley Bradford, Midwest Regional Field Manager for USGLC, after the event, “The message is clear: Wisconsin benefits from the global economy and U.S. foreign assistance programs.”
The event was the beginning of Rotary’s partnership with USGLC, a network of 400 organizations and thousands of business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world. The Coalition works to engage policymakers, educate the public and build support for America’s international programs.
Several Rotarians attended the breakfast event on January 30th, including Past President Tom Bentley, David Bishop, JoAnne Anton, Pat Cronin, Teresa Esser, Matt Nink and President Elect Dan Vliet. Teresa Esser, Managing Director, Silicon Pastures, said of the event, “It was great to see how other Milwaukee area business leaders are reaching out and developing partnerships with individuals in foreign countries. Here in Wisconsin, we are very good at making products, shipping products, and paying tax dollars to the Federal Government. We need to get better at figuring out how we can take advantage of government-funded resources like the Export Import Bank.”
Stay tuned for more information on Rotary’s partnership with the USGLC as we plan a larger event this summer.