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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2002
  Contact: Curt Cultice
(202) 482-3809

Bush Administration Official Celebrates Re-Opening of New York U.S. Export Assistance Center
Congressman Nadler Among Officials Attending Ceremonies

Assistant Secretary of Commerce Maria Cino, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and representatives from local and state governments today joined other federal officials in ceremonies re-opening the U.S. Commerce Department's U.S. Export Assistance Center in New York.

Due to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the New York Export Assistance Center lost its offices in the World Trade Center and was temporarily re-located. In support of the Lower Manhattan Revitalization Project, the new permanent office for this center will be located one block south of Wall Street at 20 Exchange Place, 40th Floor, New York, NY.

"This grand re-opening reflects the spirit and determination of New Yorkers to help their city and all of America move forward," Cino said. "I am pleased to let area companies know that we will continue to serve them in an even greater capacity at our centralized location."

The U.S. Export Assistance Center, staffed by trade specialists from the Department's U.S. Commercial Service, provides customized export programs and services ranging from export counselling, market data, and video conferencing to country profiles and pre-arranged business appointments. The U.S. Export-Import Bank and the Small Business Administration are also
co-located at the Center.

"The ability of New York-area firms to move ahead is especially important because most jobs in America are created by small businesses," Cino said. "Small and medium-companies like those in New York comprise almost 97 percent of U.S. exporters. The Bush Administration will continue to work hard to help U.S. firms increase exports that generate high-paying jobs for the working people of New York and across America."

According to U.S. Commerce Department figures, New York export sales totalled more than $52 billion last year. In 2001, the U.S. Export Assistance Center in New York conducted more than 1000 business counselling sessions, facilitating millions of dollars in New York exports. The New York center is part of the global network of the U.S. Commercial Service, a Commerce Department agency that helps small and medium-sized businesses sell their products and services globally. The Commercial Service network includes 108 domestic and more than 150 international offices. Last year, the Commercial Service helped U.S. businesses generate export sales worth more than $34 billion.

For more information on the U.S. Commercial Service, please visit www.buyusa.com. or call the U.S. Export Assistance Center in New York at 212-809-2642.

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