Rapp Among Founding Members of PA House International Commerce Caucus
HARRISBURG — Emphasizing that international business has become an essential component and a strategic priority for many Pennsylvania companies, Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) recently signed on to become one of the founding members of the bipartisan International Commerce Caucus in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

“It is a proven fact that businesses are most successful when they diversify the products and services they offer and the customers they serve,” said Rapp. “In today’s global marketplace that means expanding and conducting business overseas. As a member of the International Commerce Caucus, I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that Pennsylvania job creators are taking the necessary steps to become serious competitors in foreign markets.”

Rapp indicated that members of the House International Commerce Caucus will work closely with the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to build on Pennsylvania companies’ already successful international presence during the past several years that includes $3 billion in new export sales and capital investment, 36,747 jobs supported by foreign trade and investment, and $224 million in new tax revenue generated for the state budget.

Members of this caucus will have the opportunity to be actively involved in hosting foreign delegations, helping local businesses and universities get involved in trade missions and participate in trade shows, and promote the Commonwealth, its communities and companies all over the world.

“Pennsylvania employers are not operating in a vacuum,” said Rapp. “Even during the current economic downturn, Pennsylvania companies are seeing a dramatic increase in foreign exports due to the ever-increasing international demand for Pennsylvania coal, natural gas, timber and other natural resources. Our state’s agricultural, chemical and pharmaceutical industries are also shipping a greater amount of locally produced goods overseas. Overall, China and other far-eastern nations are among our fastest-growing international markets. Pennsylvania must seize these economic development and growth opportunities or other states will.”

For the latest legislative information, visit RepRapp.com.

Media Contact: Ty McCauslin
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