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District Export Council Nomination Opportunity

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International Trade Administration, Commerce.


Notice of opportunity to serve as a member of one of the fifty-nine District Export Councils.


The U.S. Department of Commerce is currently seeking expressions of interest from individuals in serving as a member of one of the fifty-nine District Export Councils (DECs) nationwide. The DECs are closely affiliated with the U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEAC) of the U.S. Commercial Service. DECs combine the energy of more than 1,500 exporters and export service providers who promote U.S. exports. DEC members volunteer at their own expense.


Applications for nomination to a DEC must be received by the designated local USEAC representative by September 1, 2005.

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Contact: Les Williamson, National DEC Program Manager, the U.S. Commercial Service, tel. 202-482-4767.

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DECs sponsor and participate in numerous trade promotion activities, as well as supply specialized expertise to small and medium-sized businesses that are interested in exporting.

Selection Process: About half of the approximately 30 positions on each of the 59 DECs are open for nominations for the 4-year term which begins on January 1, 2006 and ends December 31, 2009. Nominees are recommended by the local USEAC Director, in consultation with the DEC and other local export promotion partners. After a review process, nominees are selected and appointed to a DEC by the Secretary of Commerce. The office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations coordinates the DECs.

Membership Criteria: Each DEC is interested in nominating highly-motivated people. Appointment is based upon an individual's energetic leadership, 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 council activities. Members include exporters, export service providers and others whose profession supports U.S. export promotion efforts.

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Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1501 et seq., 15 U.S.C. 4721.

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Dated: June 21, 2005.

Neal Burnham,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service.

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[FR Doc. 05-14376 Filed 7-20-05; 8:45 am]