FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 12, 2010
CONTACT OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Commerce Links American Firms with Chilean Reconstruction Needs
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke brought together representatives from American companies and the Chilean government today at the Commerce Department to help match some of Chile’s reconstruction needs with the capabilities of U.S. companies following February’s earthquake. Joining Locke at today’s luncheon was Chilean President Sebastián Piñera who shared information about that nation’s immediate needs for assistance.
“We consider Chile an important friend and trading partner, and I have every confidence that Chile will emerge even stronger and more competitive than before,” Locke said.
The 8.8-magnitude earthquake caused upwards of $30 billion in damages. The Chilean government estimates that urban planning projects and building programs related to housing reconstruction alone will exceed U.S. $3.5 billion. Chilean officials indicated they will also be seeking collaboration on reconstruction for infrastructure, schools, hospitals and clinics.
President Piñera and a delegation of senior government officials and legislators traveled to the United States hoping to encourage U.S. business interest in Chile’s reconstruction effort following the country’s worst natural disaster in 50 years.
“Not only do we have an important role to play in helping Chile recover, we have great opportunities for American businesses to put people to work,” Locke sa
U.S. companies that attended today’s luncheon:
Erickson Air Crane
HKS Architects, Inc.
Kallman Worldwide Inc
Leo A Daly
Meso America Development Group, LLC
OMMA Health Care