St. Louis, MO – Acting US Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank visited St. Louis on July 24 to attend a roundtable breakfast with business owners from a range of industries, including America’s Central Port, hosted by the Helix Center Biotech Incubator, an innovation facility owned and operated by the St. Louis County Economic Council. She was joined by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charley Dooley. During the breakfast, Secretary Blank presented Frank Miles, Business and Economic Development Manager at America’s Central Port, with a certificate from the Commerce Department, officially appointing him to the Missouri District US Export Council. This Council, made up of area business officials, helps guide and direct export and import policy for the US Department of Commerce.
During the meeting, Secretary Blank reiterated the Administration’s commitment to support manufacturing, promote U.S. exports, and to encourage American businesses to bring jobs back or to expand operations in America—also known as “insourcing”, the Secretary also discussed the importance of building on America’s “insourcing” trend by bringing more jobs back to US. During her later visits to St. Louis area manufacturers, Secretary Blank discussed the Administration’s efforts to create jobs by investing in American manufacturing. The Commerce Department continues to support the resurgence of American manufacturing and ongoing efforts to provide U.S. companies with the tools and resources they need to sell their products and services in the global marketplace.