Congressmen plan “Export to the World” forum

Three East Bay members of Congress are hosting an “Export to the World” forum next week in Walnut Creek to help local businesses promote their products and services overseas.

Reps. George Miller, D-Martinez; Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton; and John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, are doing the event as part of Congressional Democrats’ “Make it in America” agenda, which includes investing in the manufacturing sector to encourage job creation.

Scheduled to appear at the event from 9 a.m. to noon next Thursday are Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez, small business executives, and local representatives from the Contra Costa Council, the Diablo Innovation Alliance, the Small Business Administration and the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

Sanchez is touring the nation to highlight opportunities for businesses to expand exports, create jobs, and grow the economy; he’s been talking up President Obama’s National Export Initiative, and how to leverage public-private partnerships that will “foster investment, support communities, and assist rural businesses succeed, expand, and create jobs.”

Space is limited at the event, but local business owners can sign up on Miller’s website.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    “Congressional Democrats’ “Make it in America” agenda”

    Too bad this wasn’t in effect for O’bummer’s two (2) 1.1 million dollar campaign buses which were built in Canada.

    At American taxpayer expense of course.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Let ‘s export some liberals! Surely the emerging democracies of the Arab Spring would welcome their advice.

  • John W

    Have to agree with Elwood on the bus thing. As the media pundits say, “bad optics.” Not exactly Harry Truman “Giving ’em hell” from the back of a train. Whoever arranged those Darth Vader monsters should be beheaded.

  • John W

    “Let’s export some liberals.”

    I think Rick Perry’s plan is to DEport us. But I’d prefer Vancouver, Canada to Tunisia.

  • Rick K.

    I find it difficult to believe that John Garamendi or George Miller understands the first thing about economics, private enterprise or exports. The only things that they know are “socialism” and “tax everyone and everything in order to create and sustain socialism.” This event likely will be a colossal waste everyone’s time because real exporters are too busy DOING and creating jobs to listen to a bunch of self-congratulatory TALKING by politicians who know little or nothing about exporting and job-creating. Probably the only private sector “job” that Garamendi ever held was a mysterious position created by notorious Democratic donor Ron Burkle. Garamendi has refused to answer questions about what he actually did to earn the big bucks that Burkle paid him around 1998 through 2002.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    GeoM has some righteous gang-bangers in his district. They may not care much about the economy, but they already have the makings of excellent security men. Let’s send them to Kabul and Kandahar to replace our GIs.

  • Hey Elwood and John W:

    Those “campaign” busses were commissioned by the U.S. Secret Service back in 2009 — not at President Obama’s request for campaign use. And two were purchased because . . . wait for it . . . one will be used by the eventual GOP nominee.

    Agreed it would’ve been nice for them to be “Made In The USA”, though.

  • Elwood
  • John W


    Don’t confuse me with Elwood. I’m an Obama supporter. Yes, I realize those black beauty monsters are the handiwork of the Secret Service and that the TeaPublican candidate will have one too. Least they could do is break up the wall of black by painting on a big flag or something. Think Air Force One, with it’s “United States of America” lettering. That thing shines and inspires wherever it goes, regardless of the occupant. One of those busses rolling through podunk Iowa doesn’t exactly scream “Man of the People.” Doesn’t somebody in the USA still make busses?