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MDA International Trade Office Receives Presidential Award for Export Service

Jackson, Mississippi — May 17, 2016 — On May 16, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Mississippi Development Authority’s International Trade Office with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“The state of Mississippi’s International Trade Office has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion,” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to MDA announcing its selection as an award recipient.  “The state of Mississippi’s International Trade Office’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”

The letter also cited the International Trade Office’s dedication to helping exporters understand the export process and enter new international markets, as well its notable participation in trade events.

“It is an honor for MDA to receive the President’s “E” Award for Export Service which is a tribute to the exceptional leadership coupled with the hard work of the staff of MDA’s International Trade Office,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “We thank Secretary Pritzker and the “E” Awards Committee for recognizing Mississippi’s efforts with this prestigious award.”

In 2015, Mississippi exported more than $10.8 billion worth of products including manufactured goods, chemicals, food products, wood products and electronics. The exports supported 51,892 direct jobs and 103,784 indirect jobs, according to the International Trade Administration. 

U.S. exports in 2015 totaled $2.23 trillion, accounting for nearly 13 percent of U.S. GDP and supporting an estimated 11.5 million jobs.

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. The President’s “E” Award recognizes outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open doors to more trade around the world. For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit www.export.gov.