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NEOTEC’s Ron DeBarr Reappointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce as Member of Northern Ohio District Export Council (NODEC)

March 12, 2012

Ron DeBarr, president and CEO of the Northeast Ohio Trade & Economic Consortium (NEOTEC), was recently reappointed to a second four-year term as one of 28 members of the Northern Ohio District Export Council (NODEC). The appointment was designated by John Bryson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, “to contribute leadership and business experience in support of the Nation’s joint industry/government export expansion effort.”

DECs were established by the Secretary of Commerce as directed by a presidential Executive Order in 1973 to enlist the efforts of the U.S. business community in expanding export opportunities for American firms. Recommendations for appointment are based on an individual’s position in the local business community, knowledge of day-to-day international operations, interest in export development, and willingness to devote time to the council.

The Department of Commerce oversees 58 District Export Councils (DECs) throughout the country. Each DEC has approximately 30 members, comprised of exporters, bankers, freight forwarders, international lawyers and accountants, and others whose profession supports the U.S. government’s export promotion mission.

“At NEOTEC, our programs focus on export development and promoting international commerce, so it’s a natural fit for me to serve NODEC in this capacity,” said DeBarr. “I look forward to this second term to continue to help NODEC build global opportunities for area companies.”

NEOTEC is a multicounty economic development partnership that administers several programs to promote exporting and international commerce in Northeast Ohio. These programs include the International Trade Assistance Center (ITAC), which provides export counseling assistance to small- and medium-sized companies; and the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) program, which offers significant cost savings for manufacturers marketing internationally. NEOTEC partners with the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority to administer Foreign-Trade Zones 40 and 181. These two zones cover more than 11,000 acres at 37 sites throughout Northeast Ohio.