The city of Murrieta teamed up recently with the World Trade Center San Diego to host an export training seminar in Murrieta.
The "Tools of the Trade" Export Training Program was moderated by Roy Paulson, chairman of the Riverside County Manufacturers and Exporters Association and owner of Paulson Manufacturing, a major local manufacturer and exporter.
The Murrieta event served businesses from the entire region and included about 30 attendees from Southwest Riverside County, San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles. The attendees were welcomed by Murrieta Mayor Rick Gibbs, who also serves as chairman of the California Inland Empire District Export Council, and by Fred Latuperissa, regional director of the U.S. Commerce Department/U.S. Commercial Service, which works to help promote the growth of exports from the area. Matt Confer of the World Trade Center San Diego described the export and trade services provided through his organization.
Other speakers included a Bank of America representative, who described export financing options, and Port of Long Beach and Unified Port of San Diego representatives who presented the services available through their respective ports. American River International Inc., based in New York, presented information on export procedures to the group.
"The city of Murrieta recognizes the importance of exporting to the future of job growth in Murrieta and the Murrieta/Temecula Twin Cities area," said Mayor Gibbs. "Murrieta works extensively with our partners at the World Trade Center San Diego, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the California Inland Empire District Export Council and the County of Riverside international trade office to help our companies grow locally and to create jobs in our communities by exporting their products overseas. Exports are an important component of our local economic development initiatives."