International Trade and Development

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments recognizes the important role trade has to play in America’s recovery and supports efforts at the federal level to create a more export focused U.S. economy.

NOW BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges Congress to adopt legislation that supports and enhances state investments in export promotion

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages local, state, federal and provincial governments to adopt open procurement policies between our two countries.

NOW BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments undertake concerted efforts to build awareness and appreciation for the mutual benefits of the open two-way trade system that exists between Canada and the United States.

As states prepared for their 2009 legislative sessions, policymakers faced a series of grave economic crises on multiple fronts not experienced in many decades. States face enormous budget shortfalls with the combined budget shortfall for the remaining six months of this year (fiscal year 2009) and the two upcoming fiscal years estimated to total between $350 billion and $370 billion, a chasm of truly staggering proportions. Nevertheless, in the midst of all this gloom and doom, there are a number of bright sparks on the state economic landscape that require emphasis. For instance, the depreciating U.S. dollar has enabled U.S. exports to flourish, the automobile industry in the South remains a solid engine of growth and a number of enterprising projects across the country offer the promise of high-tech, high-wage jobs.

CSG South

Ports across the United States play a critical role in the nation's economic life, impacting directly and indirectly at all levels-national, regional, state and local. By facilitating the nation's water transportation needs and serving as the initial point of contact for waterborne cargo, both domestic and foreign, ports are an integral component of the country's economic calculations. This presentation, given to the Warrior-TomBigbee Waterway Association, discusses the record of and challenges faced by ports in the Southern region.

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