Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti Appointed to Chair U.S. Conference of Mayors Task Force on Trade in The Americas

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 10, 2014 at 11:11 a.m.



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Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti Appointed to Chair U.S. Conference of

Mayors Task Force on Trade in The Americas

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the

President of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Mesa,

Arizona Mayor Scott Smith, announced the appointment of Los Angeles

Mayor Eric Garcetti to Chair a new "Trade in the Americas Task Force"

within the Conference. The appointment was made prior to Mayor

Garcetti's recent visit to Mexico and his first international trip.

In an appointment letter to Mayor Garcetti, USCM President Scott Smith

said, "To be most effective, this task force needs a leader with your

qualities from a city like Los Angeles. Combined with the global

profile and diversity of Los Angeles, your early commitment to

international economic engagement -- starting in Mexico -- and efforts

to collaborate with regional leaders on trade and foreign investment,

you will make an excellent leader and spokesperson on this issue for

all mayors."

"Creating jobs is my top priority in Los Angeles, and since we're the

nation's gateway to Asia and Latin America, and home to the nation's

busiest seaport and destination and arrival airport, we are uniquely

positioned in terms of international trade," said Mayor Eric

Garcetti. "I am honored for this appointment and look forward to

advancing international trade in ways that create jobs right here in

the U.S.A."

The chair of the Task Force will decide the scope and direction of the

task force, attended by mayors from around the country, and become the

primary way that U.S. mayors can advance action on programs,

regulations, and investments needed in the areas of trade and global

economic development. For example, the task force can serve to

advocate the collective views of mayors within the U.S.-Mexico High

Level Economic Dialogue, implementation of the Look South Initiative

of the Obama Administration, and similar efforts.

Over the past year under Smith's leadership as USCM President, he has

placed a strong focus on trade and made promoting the growth of U.S.

cities a central priority, by expanding commercial relationships with

counterparts in Mexico, Canada, and throughout Latin America. Smith

spearheaded the passage of a Conference policy resolution to set

objectives for a "Trade in the Americas" agenda.

And at the Winter Meeting in January, Conference leaders featured

Mexican Ambassador Eduardo Medina-Mora and Commerce Secretary Penny

Pritzker to highlight the new "Look South" initiative.

The Conference also recently signed formal partnership agreements

between USCM and associations of mayors in both Mexico (Federation of

Mexican Municipalities/FENAMM) and Brazil (the Brazilian Association

of Mayors/ FNP), to strengthen direct relationships between mayors in

the U.S. and Latin America.

Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of The Conference said, "we

are pleased LA Mayor Eric Garcetti will be leading our efforts as we

follow through on the signed memorandum of understanding and the body

of work and success we will have with our partner mayoral

organizations, FENAMM in Mexico and FNP in Brazil."

Through the new Trade in the Americas Task Force, the nation's mayors

will be able to build on their recent efforts and enhance the work

already taking place in other USCM Committees including: international

affairs, exports, transportation, manufacturing, workforce, and metro

economies.

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/CONTACT: Lina Garcia, 202-341-6113 / (lgarcia@usmayors.org); Elena Temple-Webb, 202-286-1100 / (etemple@usmayors.org)

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