VEDP earns international trade award

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The Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s international division has been recognized for its export service.

The VEDP’s International Trade Division will receive the President’s “E Star” Award for Export Service from President George W. Bush and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez today in at the White House.

“This recognition is based on a continued increase in export performance,” Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said in a statement. “The fact that ours was one of only four organizations across the country to receive this esteemed honor is remarkable.”

The award recognizes work between 2005 and 2007. During that time, the VEDP’s International Trade Division helped more than 100 Virginia companies through its export programs, Accessing International Markets (AIM) and Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET). Many of these companies reported doubling or tripling their export sales.

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