COVINGTON, La. (AP) — The St. Tammany Parish Economic Development Foundation has entered into a partnership with the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration to promote trade and investment expansion in the parish.
The partnership focuses on educating small and medium-size businesses about the tools and resources provided by the federal agency to help owners succeed in the global marketplace.
Brenda Bertus, the economic development foundation's chief executive officer, told Nola.comThe Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/SIfGsa) that the north shore is now home to 79 exporters that provide 843 jobs.
"Through this partnership, we hope not only to maintain but cultivate a larger export industry in St. Tammany Parish and throughout the region," Bertus said in the release.
She said Brie Knox, senior international trade specialist with the commerce Department, will be available to work with exporters in the parish.
The Commerce Department said Louisiana exports rose slightly in 2013 to $63.1 billion.
The parish's economic development foundation is a nonprofit and politically unaffiliated corporation.
Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com