Paducah Trade Policy Event


We would like to invite you as Partners and your guests (Partner)  and your associates to register (complimentary) for the morning event that we are having  in Paducah about US Trade Policy, the updates and  benefits of policies that can affect our exports which assist in economic development and local job creation. Please be aware that a portion of these sessions are “closed to the press.”  Be sure to please see agenda attached. Registration for private reception will be sent under separate e mail. RG

This event is headlined by the KY/Southern Indiana District Export Council and the United States Commercial Service. It also marks the opening of the Center For International Business and Trade, at the Paducah Murray campus, a partnership among academics, business, and government to centralize information and resources necessary to drive innovation, workforce development, and global business acumen resulting in economic development through increased jobs and international trade (

Some of our speakers include Congressman James Comer, KY Commissioner Ryan F Quarles, KY House Chairman of Agriculture Richard Heath; Tom McGinty, National  Director and Deputy Assistant Secretary, Acting, U.S. Operations, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service/ITA of U.S. Department of Commerce; Christina Sevilla, Deputy Assistant USTR for Small Business, Office of U.S.Trade Representative, (Office of the President); Pat Kirwan , Director, Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPPC), U.S. Department of Commerce; Rosalyn Steward, Assistant Chief Counsel, Office of Advocacy, Small Business Administration; and Sarah  Bonner, Senior International Trade Policy Specialist, Office of International Trade,  Small Business Administration.

The United States Commercial Service promotes trade and investment by providing services to assist companies to export their products, such as Trade Promotion, Research, Compliance, Customs and Trade Facilitation, and assist with other non tariff barriers problems that my be encountered that hinder our exports. They have staff in the US, and embedded in US Embassies around the globe. The USTR office has other objectives, some are to negotiate US objectives and bargaining positions concerning Trade Agreements, matters concerning the operation of any trade agreement, and other matters arising in connection with the development, implementation , and administration of the Trade Policy of the United States.  There are also Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITAC’s)  with members that are from the private industries and various associations that advise the USTR. The ITACs address market-access problems, trade barriers, tariffs, discriminatory foreign procurement practices  and information, marketing, and advocacy needs of their industry sector.

With this in mind, this event will give the attendees an opportunity to hear directly from some of the Department of Commerce, USTR, and SBA  personnel that deal with these issues in the current environment as it may relate to future success in international trade. A portion of this event will be ” closed to the Press.”

Please use this link for the Registration, you will have to indicate what group you and your guests/associates are representing, such as District Export Council member, Sponsor, Partner or EDU – Educational institution, students, and administration.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Best regards,

Richard Grana

Chair- US Trade Policy KY Event
Co Chair-Trade Policy Committee-
National Association District Export Council
Member-ITAC 11
1811 Deerhaven Ln
Paducah, KY 42001


Trade Policy Update

April 6, 2018

Center for International Business and Trade
Murray State University – Paducah
Paducah, KY



8:00 – 8:30           

Registration and Networking

8:30 – 8:50

Morning Welcome

  • Robert Brown
    Chair- NADEC
    National Association District Export Council
    Chair-KY District Export Council (KDEC)
  • Richard Grana – Moderator
    Chair-Trade Policy Event Committee
    Co Chair-Trade Policy Committee-NADEC
    Vice Chair – KDEC


  • Representative Richard Heath
    Chairman of Agricultural Committee – KY House

9:15- 9:30 

  • Commissioner Ryan F. Quarles
    KY Commissioner of Agriculture


The View from the Hill

  • The Honorable James Comer (R-KY)
    House Small Business Committee

From this point on, the all the next sessions are

       “Closed to the Press”

10:10 – 10:30

U.S. Trade Policy and Small Business

  • Moderator: Richard Grana- President Impex
    Co Chair-Trade Policy Committee
    Vice Chair – KDEC
  • Christina Sevilla
    Deputy Assistant USTR for Small Business
    Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
    Executive Office of the President

10:30 – 11:00

Commerce Department Update

  • Tom McGinty
    National Director and Deputy Assistant Secretary, Acting
    U.S. Operations, U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service / ITA
    U.S. Department of Commerce

11:00 – 12:00     

Small Business  Export and Resources

  • Moderator: Richard Grana- President Impex
    Co Chair-Trade Policy Committee
    Vice Chair – KDEC
  • Pat Kirwan
    Director,   Secretariat
    Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPPC)
    U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Rosalyn Steward
    Assistant Chief Counsel, Office of Advocacy
    Small Business Administration
  • Sarah Bonner
    Senior International Trade Policy Specialist
    Office of International Trade
    Small Business Administration
 Closing Remarks by KDEC

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