The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Office of International Business Development has been awarded the President’s “E Star” Award for Export Service.
On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, DCED Secretary Dennis Davin and Deputy Secretary Wilfred Muskens accepted the award at a ceremony held at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
This year is the 53rd anniversary of the “E” Awards presentation. Its history dates back to World War II, when more than 4,000 “E” Penants were awarded to U.S. manufacturers to honor and recognize their excellence in production in service of the war effort.
It was later revived by President Kennedy, who established the “E” Award program in 1961 as a symbol and recognition for exporters. The E Star Award program was established in 1969 as a form of recognition for organizations that are able to maintain a sustained level of superior performance in increasing or promoting exports.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, who presented the awards to 45 companies and organizations, said in a release that this year’s awardees have made substantial contributions to increasing U.S. exports, which are critical to spurring economic growth and job creation.
Sec. Pritzker noted that only a small percentage of America’s 30 million companies export, and of U.S. companies that do export, 59 percent export to only one country. Increasing this number can have a big impact on the U.S. economy.
Only a previous E Award winner is eligible for an E Star Award. The Pennsylvania DCED’s Office of International Business Development (OBID) won the E Award for Export Service in 2011, and has now topped it off with an E Star Award.
The other two E Star Awards for Export Service this year went to Irvine, CA-based Edwards Global Services and Austin, TX-based Trade Technologies, Inc.
Gov. Wolf said in a release that “It is an honor to be the only state to receive the 2015 President’s ‘E Star’ Award for Export Service, recognizing the exceptional contributions that Pennsylvania has made to increase American exports.”
OBID’s export development program has assisted companies in securing more than $3 billion in export sales over the last four fiscal years, enabling them to create or sustain over 25,000 jobs.
The Office, supported by its ten Regional Export Network (REN) partners in Pennsylvania, helps companies in the state increase export sales through a network of 19 trade offices that cover more than 50 global markets.
The same global network also supports Pennsylvania economic development efforts aimed at attracting foreign companies to invest and establish their U.S. operations in the state.