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The Good News
2015 February
Pg 4 - The Sunshine Express
Business Leaders Brief Senior Administration
on International Trade Policy
Washington, D.C.: While negotiations for several inter-
national trade agreements are in progress, business
leaders, including Michael Lassner, President of Allied
Steel Buildings in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., met with U.S.
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, SBA Administra-
tor Maria Contreras-Sweet, Deputy U.S. Trade Represen-
tative Robert Holleyman, and other senior administration
officials on January 12 to discuss how international trade
policy affects their businesses.
¡°One of the best opportunities to create economic
growth at home is to sell American goods and services
to the 95 percent of global consumers who live outside
our borders,¡± said Secretary Pritzker. ¡°In 2013, the U.S.
achieved $2.3 trillion in exports, more than any other
time in history, which supported 11.3 million American
jobs. To give our businesses access to more markets
and more customers, America must continue leading the
world in negotiating high-standard trade agreements
that reflect our values and set the rules for trade in the
21st century.¡±
At a roundtable organized by the White House Business
Council and Business Forward, the discussion will focus
on the importance of government and businesses work-
ing together to help more American companies reach
more international markets.
¡°Under President Obama¡¯s leadership, the U.S. is spear-
heading the most significant trade agenda in history,¡±
said Deputy USTR Holleyman. ¡°I always appreciate the
opportunity to hear directly from business leaders who
are affected by international trade policies. By helping
¡°Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is progress;
working together is success.¡±
- Henry Ford
8 percent less likely to declare bankruptcy than
those that do not export.
About Business Forward: With the help of more
than 50 of the world¡¯s most respected companies,
Business Forward is making it easier for tens of
thousands of business leaders from across America
to advise Washington on how to create jobs and ac-
celerate our economy. Business Forward is active in
more than 100 cities and works with more than 450
senior Administration officials, Members of Con-
gress, governors, and mayors.
To date, the organization has also brought more
than 3,000 business leaders to the White House to
brief the President¡¯s economic advisors. Business
leaders who have participated in these briefings
have seen their suggestions implemented in the Af-
fordable Care Act, the Jobs Act, three trade agree-
ments, and every one of the President¡¯s budgets.
Many have also shared their recommendations with
their representatives in Congress and through op-
eds and interviews with local media. Ninety-eight
out of 100 business leaders who have participated
in a Business Forward briefing would be interested
in participating in another one. For more informa-
tion please visit:
Allied Steel Buildings, is a recognized leading sup-
plier of high-quality pre-engineered steel buildings
and metal building systems. In its more than ten
years of experience, the company has developed
almost 4.000 different steel projects all over the
world, delivering building solutions for diverse in-
dustries, from aviation to equestrian. One customer
and one building at a time.
¡°Exporting helps companies like
ours to expand beyond our bor-
ders, offering our products to a
wider customer base. As a result we
continue to hire more employees to
address this growing demand. This
practice also helps us to learn and
improve our services both nationally
and internationally,¡± said Lassner.
¡°It was extremely valuable to have
the opportunity to brief the Obama
Administration on ways international
trade policy can better support Allied
Steel Buildings¡¯ and others¡¯ interna-
tional business activities.¡±
According to the U.S. Census
Bureau, more than 300,000 U.S.
companies export their goods to in-
ternational markets. Businesses that
do export grow faster and are
Jan. 27, 2015: Gov. John Hickenlooper today issued
the following statement after the announcement that
Colorado¡¯s unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent
in December 2014. The national unemployment rate
declined to 5.6 percent.
¡°We are moving in the right direction and more people
are participating in the labor force, but despite this
statewide resurgence, we know that many out-of-work
Coloradans are still looking for work. By investing in
our workforce development programs, and assisting
the long-term unemployed workers, we will advance
our challenge to make sure economic prosperity
reaches every household in the state.¡±
The last time the Colorado unemployment rate was as
low as 4.0 percent was October 2007.
Best Rate Since 2007 Expands Coloradans Ability to Get
the Facts on Fracking; Frequently asked
questions drive public education website
As a part of its ongoing statewide educational effort,
CRED has revamped and expanded its website, CRED.
org, to further aid Coloradans searching for the facts
on fracking, regulations, and the benefits of respon-
sible energy development in Colorado. The announce-
ment comes as the Oil & Gas Task Force commis-
sioned by Gov. John Hickenlooper continues to meet
concerning land-use conflicts.
A fresh design layout and new info-graphics make it
easier to learn what fracking is, how it benefits Colo-
rado, and the regulations behind it. The site includes
additional facts and expands upon issue areas most
important to Coloradans - water, land, air, health and
safety and the economy.
More than 600,000 people have ties to mineral rights
in Colorado, and a 2013 study from the University of
Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business found
the oil and natural gas industry generated more than
$29.6 billion for the Colorado economy, 110,000 high-
paying jobs and $1.6 billion in tax revenue. Oil and
natural gas development is a financial cornerstone for
state and local governments, schools, parks, roads,
first responders, and other critical services Coloradans
all enjoy.
¡°Even though more than 2 million wells have been
fracked since 1947 and more than 95 percent of
today¡¯s oil and natural gas wells are fracked at some
point during their lifespan, many still admit to not
knowing or understanding what it involves. We¡¯re here
to change that,¡± said Jon Haubert, CRED¡¯s communi-
cations director.
¡°As long as Coloradans have questions, CRED will con-
tinue providing access to the science and technology
in an easy-to-understand format so all Coloradans can
learn for themselves the oil and natural gas industry¡¯s
importance to our state, economy and energy inde-
pendence,¡± said Haubert.
CRED will also continue directing Coloradans to its
mobile app, as well as a second website, StudyFrack-, which allows users to type in their own ques-
tions and receive answers from published academic,
scientific and government research.
About CRED:
Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development
(CRED) is funded by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
and Noble Energy, two independent oil and natural gas
companies. CRED is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization
governed by a board of directors and counseled by an
Advisory Committee with a strong commitment to the
state of Colorado and its local communities providing
insight and guidance for the direction of the organiza-
tion¡¯s education activities and is designed to include
a variety of important industry sectors in Colorado.
Learn more at:
$2.3 Trillion In Exports In 2013
our businesses sell
more exports abroad,
United States trade
policy can unlock
opportunity, support
well-paying jobs, and
strengthen our middle
The discussion touched
on two significant
trade agreements that
the Administration is
currently negotiat-
ing: the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) with
countries in the Asia-
Pacific region and the
Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership
(T-TIP) with members
of the European Union.
These agreements
would boost American
competitiveness and
help U.S. businesses
access more markets
Going the Extra Mile