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North Alabama International Trade Association
Advancing U.S. International Trade Policy for a Globally Competitive Playing Field

Rob Schroder, VP International Strategy & Operations, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, May 21 12:00 p.m.

at The Westin Huntsville
NAITA, the Madison County Commission, and Presenting Sponsor Port of Huntsville announce that Rob Schroder, Vice President, International Strategy & Operations, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will be the Keynote Speaker at the 2015 NAITA World Trade Day Luncheon, in the Mediterranean Ballroom at the Westin Huntsville on Thursday, May 21, 2015, 12:00 p.m. Mr. Schroder brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to the Chamber. As a Marine Corps Officer, he served in multiple combat operations throughout his career as an AV-8B Harrier pilot. From 2009 to 2011, he was the Commander of the “Blacksheep” squadron. Beyond the cockpit, he served as a Congressional Fellow for the 107th Congress and from 2006 to 2009, as the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) program lead for the Marine Corps. Before joining the Chamber, he was manager of the Global Posture, Strategy, and Plans team in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Mr. Schroder will address Advancing U.S. International Trade Policy for a Globally Competitive Playing Field. New trade agreements have great potential as a tool to stimulate economic growth and job creation. However, to make any growth-driving trade agreements a reality, Congress must first approve Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Debate over TPA legislation is set to begin in the Senate in the coming week. America can’t lead internationally if our economy slips further behind our foreign competitors. And we can’t grow our economy without a trade agenda that meets the demands of the 21st century – 95% of the world’s consumers live outside U.S. borders. Separately, debate in Congress over the future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) is coming to a head because its charter expires on June 30.
World Trade Day recognizes the significance of international trade in the growth and economic well-being of our region. NAITA and the Madison County Commission host the luncheon, which focuses on the importance of international trade to the world economy – and what it means in our local communities. Exports and foreign investment equal jobs, business opportunities, and economic prosperity for North Alabama. The 2015 NAITA Global Trade Award will be presented during this event. Click here to reserve your corporate table or individual seat now.
NAITA International Trade Leadership Series
Legal Aspects of International Business
plus Bonus Session on Export Controls
May 8, 2015 at ADTRAN • 901 Explorer Boulevard
Join NAITA, Presenting Sponsor Baker Donelson, TechRich, and the Export Alabama Alliance for a comprehensive seminar covering Legal Aspects of International Business. Click here for the Legal Aspects of International Business flyer.
John Scannapieco, Doreen Edelman, Micheline Johnson, and Christopher Davis, attorneys with Baker Donelson, will discuss legal issues related to planning for international activities. Topics include considering what type of presence you will you have in the global market, international contracts (including licensing agreements, Agency/Distributorship agreements, joint ventures, and mergers), protecting intellectual property rights abroad, international negotiation, international arbitration, and anticorruption requirements.
Following this in-depth discussion, Alan Enslen, Attorney at Law, Maynard Cooper & Gale PC, will present an overview of the regulatory framework of Export Controls & Compliance. Topics include the Defense Trade Controls/International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Dual-Use Controls/the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and Export Control Reform. Click here for the meeting agenda.
This seminar has been approved by the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Educational Institute for 4.5 Certified Export Specialist (CES) Credits.
Please click here for the International Trade Leadership Series Scholarship Application. Registration fee is $50 and includes all programs, lunch, materials, and certificate. Click here to register today,
NAITA Updates the
Technology & Innovation of
North Alabama Capabilities Booklet 

for Distribution
at Paris Air Show
The North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) is preparing an updated version of the Technology & Innovation of North Alabama Capabilities Booklet for distribution at the Paris Air Show and other upcoming international events. The current version is linked above. Criteria for a company to be included in this booklet include:
  • Small-medium sized business (per SBA guidelines)
  • Located in Huntsville/Madison County or North Alabama
  • Interest in doing business internationally
  • Doing business in one or more of the following industry sector/technology focus areas (or please suggest category if not included):
    • Small Spacecraft
    • Environmental Monitoring
    • Cyber Security
    • Interoperable Systems
    • Energy
    • Sensors
    • Robotics (UAVs)
    • Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance
    • Communications
    • Data Modeling & Analysis
    • Life Sciences/Biotechnology
If your company would like to be included in the booklet, please click here to download the template with instructions. Please complete the template for inclusion in the booklet and submit to via email. We will review for content and check with you if we have any suggested changes.
Deadline to be included for Paris is May 21, 2015.
Please contact Anne Burkett, NAITA Executive Director, or Amanda Berkey, Sr. International Trade Specialist for the Madison County Commission, at 256-532-3505 if you have questions or if we can provide any further information. We look forward to showcasing our region’s advanced technology capabilities to the world!
Southeast U.S. (SEUS) – Canadian Provinces (CP)
Annual Conference
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
June 28-30, 2015

About the SEUS-CP Alliance
The SEUS-CP Alliance is a strategic partnership between states in the Southeastern U.S. and member provinces from Canada. Member states include Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Member provinces include Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec. Established in 2007, the Alliance works to promote trade and investment opportunities between and among its member states and provinces. Delegates from each jurisdiction of the Alliance convene annually for a business-to-business (B2B) conference. Delegations, led by state governors, provincial premiers or their designees, comprise business and industry leaders from a wide variety of industry sectors. The annual meetings alternate between Canadian and United States host sites, as set forth in the Bylaws.  

About SEUS-CP 2015
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada will host the
8th Annual SEUS-CP Conference, June 28-30, 2015. The program is coming together with delegations from each of the SEUS states and Canadian provinces being assembled. The theme of this year’s event is “Clustering Companies and Organizations to Increase Economic Benefit.” Three key industry sectors have been identified for the B2B program: 1) High-Tech Manufacturing, Aerospace & Defense and Marine Shipbuilding, 2) Agri-Food, Seafood, Aquaculture and Marine Biotech and 3) Wind & Alternate Energy. Confirmed anchor companies include: The Wind Energy Institute of Canada, Nalcor Energy, Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA), the Prince Edward Island BioAlliance, Vector Aerospace, Portsmouth Atlantic and NorCan Marine. In addition to the outstanding matchmaking program (B2B), the conference will also include a workshop on cluster development led by Ifor Ffowcs-Williams, current CEO of Cluster Navigators Ltd. (New Zealand) and a former advisor to the World Bank, EU, OECD, UNDP, international aid agencies and national and regional economic development agencies on six continents. Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield will lead Alabama’s delegation. 
Click on the live link SEUS-CP 2015 PEI for more information and please be sure to let us know if you are interested in participating. Companies located in Alabama’s Appalachian Region will be eligible for grant assistance to cover the cost of registration (400 CAD, or approx. $320). To confirm if your company is located in this region (parts of North/Central Alabama) or for further questions, please contact Dara Steele at 334.353.1762 or 
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North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA)
P.O. Box 2457 | Huntsville, AL 35804
Phone: (256) 532-3505 |Fax: (256) 532-3704 |

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