CNYTDO President Appointed to Upstate New York District Export Council (DEC)


Robert I. Trachtenberg, President of the Central New York Technology Development Organization (TDO), has been appointed to the Upstate New York District Export Council (DEC) by the United States Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. Bob will serve a four year term on the council using his expertise to help increase exporting in the region.

The Upstate New York DEC is one of 58 DECs in the nation. DECs contribute leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service's export promotion efforts through counseling businesses on the exporting process and conducting trade education and community outreach.

Bob has been involved with international trade since the 1970s. In May 2009 Bob received the Excellence in International Trade - Trade Partner Award at the Going Global conference in Syracuse. He was selected for the award in recognition of years of promoting international trade and providing hands-on assistance to businesses interested in expanding their international customer base. Bob was also a member of the team that developed ExportNY, a program presented by TDO and Syracuse University. The program helps participating companies determine which international markets are attractive, prioritize efforts, develop strategies, and navigate the legal, cultural, logistical and regulatory issues of doing business abroad. ExportNY has been running successfully since 1998. Bob was also a founding member of the Central New York International Business Alliance and the series of International Business Forums held monthly in Syracuse.

Thanks to Bob's initiative, the TDO office in Liverpool, NY hosts an International Trade Specialist in a satellite office of the Buffalo Export Assistance Center.

Bob looks forward to continuing his support of exports in central New York, commenting, "I am privileged to be appointed to the Upstate New York DEC at this critical time in the nation when exporting is being driven at the highest levels through President Obama's National Export Initiative."

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