an Initiative of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

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Metro Charleston Export InitiativeThe Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce - World Trade Center Charleston was 1 of 8 cities selected to participate in the Metropolitan Export Initiative (MEI) launched by The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. This significant effort is aimed at helping the nation and its regions and firms take action on exporting.

The project and the initiative behind it, is working to present fiscally-responsible state policies and practical metropolitan-led solutions that leaders can use to move toward the next economy. This project is a collaboration between the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and the Rockefeller Foundation. Click here for more information

Metropolitan Export Initiative (MEI) 

The Metro Export Initiative is a ground-up collaborative effort to help regional civic, business, and political leaders—with their states—create and implement customized Metropolitan Export Plans (MEPs). These localized export plans will apply market intelligence to develop targeted, integrated export-related services and strategies that help regions better connect their firms to global customers, as outlined by their individualized export goals. These MEPs will also lay out the kinds of state and federal reforms needed to support the effective implementation of such plans. Ideally, these export plans will be elements of broader regional economic development strategies. Learn more, Click here for more information

Ten Steps to Delivering a Successful Metro Export Plan

Brookings has published a guide for state and metropolitan leaders that summarizes the key steps toward developing an effective metropolitan export plan and initiative. It serves as a how-to-guide for private, nonprofit, and government leaders in metro areas who are interested in developing effective action-oriented metropolitan export plans and initiatives. Additional resources include survey templates, regional survey analyses, and regional policy memos.  Click here to access document

Metropolitan Export Exchange: A Peer Learning Opportunity

Brookings is working to help other metropolitan leaders successfully adopt and implement customized MEPs. The Metropolitan Export Exchange is a program for teams of metropolitan leaders who want to learn how to develop their MEPs in a more guided setting. The Metropolitan Export Exchange aims to help more metro areas adopt or refine their global trade strategies so the nation can remain a center of growth and innovation for years to come. Click here for more information


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Charleston – Brookings Export Initiative Steering Committee

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