SIDO Best Practices and Training Forum 2017

Download the SIDO Best Practices and Training Forum 2017 Meeting Materials HERE.



David Mathe

Export Trade Director, Delaware



Dear SIDO Colleagues,

Welcome to the 2017 SIDO Best Practices and Training Forum!  I hope you had a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends, and thank you for making the trip.  We’re looking forward an exciting couple days with you and our international partners.  We appreciate for your participation in the conference and your membership in SIDO.  For those who are not yet members, we would encourage you to become a member.

As you know, this conference is an important platform for our states to come together and share best practices on how we assist our businesses.  It’s an opportunity for us to learn from each other on what has worked, or not worked.  At the foundation, it’s about building relationships with our fellow state trade directors and knowing that we can reach out to one another for thoughts and assistance.  I want to personally thank you for your partnership and friendship. This is one of the true benefits of being a part of the SIDO family.

For this year’s forum, we have a great agenda and line-up of expert speakers.  We’ll be discussing best practices around some of our core initiatives, including market research, organizing trade events, attracting foreign investment, building your trade ecosystem, and managing and administering the STEP grant. We are grateful to each of our speakers, sponsors, and participants for their assistance and support. Without you and your support, we would not be able to convene these important conferences.

I want to especially thank the Nevada trade office for their assistance in developing this conference.  Kristopher Sanchez, Jarad Van Wagoner, and Erica Adler – thank you!  As we all know, the recent tragedy left us all shocked and heartbroken.  On behalf of our SIDO family, we stand behind you and we’re proud to be here in Vegas.  

Looking into 2018, we have an aggressive agenda and working on a variety of initiatives.  Our Washington Forum will on February 25 to 28, where we’ll be partnering with the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Governors Association. Then we’ll host our Best Practices in Training Forum in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 31 to August 2, 2018.  Please mark your calendars!

Thank you again for your ongoing support to SIDO, we’re looking forward to an exciting couple days together.  Welcome to Las Vegas!


David Mathe