FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 17, 2010
CONTACT OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Delivers Keynote Address on the Economy at the 128th Annual Meeting of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke delivered the keynote address at the 128th Annual Meeting of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce today in Washington state, where he discussed the Commerce Department’s efforts to help strengthen the economy, increase exports and create jobs. He also highlighted the Obama administration's commitment to promoting trade, technology, and entrepreneurship across the country. Prior to the speech, Locke held a roundtable discussion on exports and the economy with small- and medium-sized businesses from across the Greater Seattle area.
Locke discussed progress made and next steps for President Obama's National Export Initiative (NEI). He also addressed how it is helping to lay the groundwork for sustainable economic growth in Washington, the nation's most trade-dependent state, and across the country. His remarks took place the day after he and his colleagues on the Export Promotion Cabinet delivered a detailed report  to the president laying out recommendations for how to double U.S. exports.