Foreign-Trade Zones and Trump Tariffs: Options for local economic developers

APA Economic Development Division


Friday, September 7, 2018
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

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The Tariff Act of 1930, known as the Smoot-Hawley Tariffs, and was a major factor in the reduction of American exports and imports before the Great Depression. In response to these protectionist tariffs, Congress passed the Foreign-Trade Zones Act of 1934 to “expedite and encourage foreign commerce” in the U.S. to mitigate the negative impacts of Smoot-Hawley. In 2018, the U.S. is once again faced with protectionist tariffs, but levied by the President through powers granted to the office through the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and the Trade Act of 1974. Could the FTZ once again provide a safe harbor from tariffs for U.S. companies that rely on foreign components? How can planners and economic developers use the FTZ program to assist businesses and communities facing these issues and challenges? Our presenters are practicing economic development professionals with direct experience managing, marketing, and supporting FTZ programs across the United States.

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Isaac Barrow

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Isaac Barrow is the Business Development Manager for the Port of Portland and Foreign-Trade Zone No. 45 in Oregon. He is a solution driven and creative business development manager with a passion for driving economic growth through relationship building and community. Isaac has experience in real estate development, negotiations and ... Read More

Sean Maguire, AICP

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Sean M. Maguire, AICP is an economic development and planning professional with direct experience in local government management. As Vice President for Workforce Development and Community Education at SUNY Schenectady, Sean is a member of the college's executive team. He holds degrees in geography, planning, and public administration from ... Read More

Angie Atwoood, AZS

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Angie Atwood, AZS is the Foreign-Trade Zone Program Manager for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority and Foreign-Trade Zone No. 138 in Ohio. During her years with the Airport Authority she has acquired the in-depth knowledge and skills required to manage the administration and marketing of FTZ #138’s 25-county service ... Read More

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