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The Contemporary U.S. Economy: Financial Markets, Trade, and Economic Development

February 17, 2016 - February 20, 2016

Ohio’s recent boom in exports over the last five years embodies the U.S. government’s efforts to boost small businesses in the global economy. In 2013, Ohio exported a record-breaking $50.5 billion of finished goods, with the largest share coming from Greater Cleveland. Numerous small businesses benefit from legislation that increases their access to international markets, making Cleveland a vital location to examine recent trends in the global economy.

Four visitors from Slovenia, Luxembourg, Finland, and Sweden will be in Cleveland to learn about Ohio’s burgeoning success in international trade and how that has contributed to our regional economic development. While here, they will be meeting with the Cleveland Port Authority to discuss the Foreign Trade Zone, sitting down with Bioenterprise to understand strategic growth initiatives in Cleveland’s healthcare sector, visiting the U.S. Export Assistance Center, and engaging in home hospitality.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Katie Ferman, Program Officer, at or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.


February 17, 2016
February 20, 2016
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