INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS

Westchester County and International Business
Westchester County embraces government's proper role as a catalyst and challenger, encouraging local companies to raise their aspirations and move to higher levels of competitive performance through international expansion.

Forward-thinking initiatives, including trade missions, educational seminars, and global videoconferencing, have granted small to medium-sized companies a foothold in the expanding global marketplace. The County's approach has been to target a handful of strategic regions in the world that complement its economic profile. This uniquely focused approach to international cooperation has helped Westchester County build an impressive network of contacts throughout the world, most notably in China, Italy and Ireland.

Firms interested in doing business with China are able to leverage the County's extensive network of contacts in the region. In addition, the County has a "Sister City" relationship with Jingzhou and has signed several cooperative agreements with organizations in China, including the Pudong New Area of Shanghai, the Shandong Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, Shanghai Pudong Productivity Center and the city of Wuxi.

If your firm is interested in taking advantage of Westchester's global videoconferencing facilities, please contact Scott Fernqvist, Special Assistant to the CIO at sef1@westchestergov.com or (+1) 914-995-3078.

 

Westchester County International Alliances

CHINA
China, a five-time trade mission destination for Westchester County since 1998, has been New York's leading growth market for exports over the past five years and will continue to be an important consumer of the services and manufactured goods produced by New York companies.

The New York Metropolitan Region is home to more than half of the 32 largest Chinese companies with offices in the U.S. By the end of 2005 there were already 17 Chinese companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and 30 on the NASDAQ. Of these 47 companies, 15 have a U.S. presence and five of those are in New York.

Click here to learn about the county's latest trade mission to Beijing and Shandong Province.

For more information on Westchester County-led trade missions to China over the past eight years, please visit the following websites:

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ITALY
In 2003, County Executive Andrew J. Spano opened up a "Westchester Desk" as part of an agreement with the Italian Center for Commercial Affairs-USA (ICCA) - a move which has paved the way for Westchester companies interested in doing business in Italy.

The Westchester Desk, which operates out of ICCA's offices at no charge to the county, works with the county's Office for Economic Development to promote trade, business opportunities, industrial cooperation, and cultural and technological exchange between key cities in Italy and Westchester County.

If you are a business based in Italy and looking for trade opportunities in Westchester, send an e-mail to americadesk@libero.it.

For general information, visit: www.americadesk-icca.com.

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IRELAND
One only has to look at the impressive economic data coming out Ireland to understand why Westchester County has targeted Ireland as a strategic partner for economic development. In recent years, Ireland's rate of export growth has consistently outpaced world trade growth by a factor of three. In fact, seven of the top 10 IT companies in the world - IBM, Intel, HP, Dell, Oracle, Lotus and Microsoft - have more than 45,000 employees in Ireland.

In April 2004, a Westchester County delegation traveled to Ireland and Northern Ireland to meet with some of the individuals responsible for Ireland's unprecedented economic turnaround. The mission targeted the country's high-tech centers and helped link Westchester-based firms with Irish counterparts. County delegates met with top officials from the Irish Investment and Development Agency and Enterprise Ireland, a government development agency that assists businesses - primarily in the technology sector - export products to the United States and other countries.

Looking forward, Westchester anticipates enhanced cooperation with Irish economic development groups and linking additional Westchester-based firms with viable partners in the "emerald isle".

Articles of Interest

  • The Irish Echo Online: Spano plans Irish biz trip
    Westchester County is planning a major economic mission to tempt Irish tech companies to open a U.S. base in the wealthy New York suburb.
  • Seeing Green in Ireland: Opportunities for U.S. Exports By Joan Kanlian
    Although the market for exports of US products and services to Ireland appears small on the surface, the potential in fact is very high -- and the scope is broad.

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