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2016 National DEC Forum

Event Date: 
Friday, September 23, 2016 -
8:30am to 3:00pm
Ronald Reagan International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
Organized in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the 2016 National DEC Forum will provide an update on the latest trends impacting exports and your DEC.
In addition to the National DEC Forum, there will be a National DEC Forum Reception to be held on Thursday, September 22, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, on Capitol Hill at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Meeting Room North. Registration for the National DEC Forum Reception includes registration for the National DEC Forum Reception. Spouses and guests of DEC members and associates who wish to attend the Reception only may register separately for the Reception at 2016 National DEC Forum Reception Registration.
0830 –  0900 Registration and coffee service
0900 –  0920 Opening remarks – Chair Philip Pittsford (IL-DEC)
0925 - 0945 Remarks from Commerce – Antwuan Griffin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, for US Operations, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce
0950 – 0955 Introduction of new officers
0955 – 1010 Coffee break
1015 – 1045 Committee Reports with time for QA & Comments
Trade and Legislative - Robert Brown (KY DEC) (& sub-committees)
Communications & Outreach – Philip Pittsford (IL DEC)
Social Media/website – Oz Erdem (N.CentW. FLA DEC)
1055 -   1200 Trade Americas Outline
Presentation by Oz Erdem, Steve Richman (NJ DEC)
Material produced by Tom Norwalk (S.OH DEC)
Panel discussion on trade with the Americas
John Andersen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce 
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (TBD)
1200 - 1330 LUNCH – Keynote speaker Judy Reinke, Deputy Director General, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce

Presentation of DEC of the Year
1330 - 1430 ITA Legislative Priorities- Discussion, updates and Q & A
Jordan Haas, Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
1430 – 1455 Closing Remarks - Chair - Philip Pittsford (IL DEC)


Hampton Inn & Suites Navy Yard Hotel
A block of rooms has been reserved for September 20-24 at the Hampton Inn & Suites Navy Yard Hotel in Washington, D.C. at a special group rate of $229. This rate will be available until August 31st or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
Group Information:
Group Name: District Export Council
Group Code: NDE
Hotel Information:
1265 First Street SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
Discover a comfortable base in a great location at Hampton Inn & Suites Washington DC-Navy Yard. Our new hotel is located in the heart of the capital, within walking distance of Navy Yard, Nationals Park, and numerous iconic monuments. The Metro subway, located one block away from our Washington DC-Navy Yard hotel, offers easy access to Capitol Hill, The White House, National Mall, and the Verizon Center, among several other attractions.
Settle in to an inviting guest room with a range of convenient amenities, including free WiFi, an ergonomic workstation, a clean and fresh Hampton bed®, and a 40-inch flat-screen TV. Upgrade to a suite and enjoy space for all the family, and additional amenities such as a microwave and mini-refrigerator.
Start your day right with Hampton’s free hot breakfast, served each morning, or pick up a Hampton’s On the Run® Breakfast Bag as you head out the door, available Monday to Friday. After a busy day, meet for drinks in our rooftop lounge as you take in spectacular views over the cityscape, Anacostia Riverfront, and Nationals Park. There are several restaurants and eateries located nearby – ask one of our friendly team members for their recommendations.
Re-energize with a workout in the fitness center or catch up on work in the business center – both free to our guests. This brand-new Washington DC hotel also offers 2,000 sq. ft. of event space, perfect for meetings and social gatherings alike.
Hilton Garden Inn
A special group rate of $289 is available.To reserve a room, call Hilton Central Reservations at 800-471-6153 and ask for the National District Export Council group rate.
Hotel Information:
815 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005



Philip Pittsford, National DEC Chair

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