DATE: July 22, 2013
Broward County Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness met with White House senior officials to discuss trade opportunities with Colombia.
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe, Public Information Manager
Broward County Board of County Commissioners
Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness accepted a White House invitation to attend a briefing by Senior Administration officials focusing on economic trade opportunities with Colombia and the Latin American region. The discussions took place in recognition of Colombian Independence Day.
Topics included job creation, small business development, immigration reform, implementing the Affordable Care Act and opportunities for organizations to engage with the Obama Administration.
“I’m honored to engage in this kind of dialogue with White House staff, showcasing Broward’s world class port and international airport. Broward County’s economy is strengthened by pursuing new avenues for foreign trade and expanding business with our current trade partners. Our central location positions us as the gateway to Latin America,” said Commissioner Holness.
Commissioner Holness has pursued trade opportunities in Colombia and brought several trade delegations to Broward County. The delegation welcomed at the White House included Florida Representative Antonio Jose Garcia.
“Each opportunity has met with success. Small businesses in Broward have developed trade relationships with Latin America and Caribbean countries. Our ability to export local products and import affordable goods and food products has been on a steady rise. Tourism opportunities have increased and in the long run all of Broward County benefits,” said Commissioner Holness.
During his Washington, D.C., visit the Commissioner also met with the offices of Broward Congressional representatives Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Alcee Hastings, Frederica Wilson, Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel.