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Lee County to serve as host city for 2019 International Trade Summit

By Staff | Aug 7, 2019

Lee County will be one of four host communities in Florida to welcome companies from seven countries as part of the second annual International Trade Summit.

Organized by the International Trade Hub at Port Manatee, the 2019 Global Business opportunity series will visit Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Bradenton/Sarasota and Tampa for one day each from Aug. 26-29.

Co-hosted by the Lee County Economic Development Office, Southwest Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association and sponsored by the Seminole Gulf Railway, the local event will be held on Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room 118 at the Administration East Building, at 2201 Second St., Fort Myers.

International companies from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Spain, Peru and more will feature wine, snack food, coffee, fruits, apparel, artisanal goods, merchandise companies and state-of-the-art cooking systems during the summit.

Founded in 2014, the International Trade Hub at Port Manatee serves as a link between markets in Florida and throughout the world. The hub provides expert advice and support tools to local and global firms, assisting them with production, distribution and related activities, including development of innovative supply chain solutions. The mission of the International Trade Hub at Port Manatee is to be the leading platform for global trade in Southwest Florida.

The Trade Hub works to assist participating companies in capitalizing upon the hundreds of commercial connections established during the multiple business-to-business events.

“Lee County is excited to welcome these international businesses and to be a part of this great opportunity,” Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass, who is the commission’s liaison to the Horizon Council, said. “We look forward to promoting and expanding our diverse economy here in Lee County.”

John Talmage, director of the Lee County Economic Development Office, agreed.

“We are supportive of the initiatives of the International Trade Hub at Port Manatee as an invaluable catalyst for introducing companies from throughout the world to the business-friendly environment of Southwest Florida and in helping our region’s entrepreneurs make the most of productive global links,” he said.

The August outreach events build upon momentum gained through numerous visits to Port Manatee by high-level government and trade officials of such diverse nations as Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Poland and Spain.

For more information, visit www.internationalhubportmanatee.com.