WORLD TRADE CENTER DENVER’S INSTITUTE AWARDED $177,000 GRANT
DENVER – The Rocky Mountain World Trade Center Institute (RMWTCI), the educational branch of the World Trade Center Denver and a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is pleased to receive a $177,644 grant from the Federal Economic Development Administration. The Federal Economic Development Administration awards this Economic Adjustment Assistance grant to programs that advance economic development in financially distressed areas. Colorado is home to 22 distressed counties (measured by per capita income and unemployment rate.) In development for approximately six months, this grant project promises to bring the RMWTCI’s award-winning export training programs to those Colorado counties that need it most.
“We are delighted to partner with the public and private sector on this trade education initiative,” said Karen Gerwitz, President of the World Trade Center Denver. “Our mission is to facilitate trade to and from the Rocky Mountain Region, and this grant boosts our ability to do so.”
Specifically, the RMWTCI’s 3-Point Initiative to Expand Exports through Education calls for a multi-pronged approach to increase export education opportunities in Colorado. First, the RMWTCI’s award-winning instructors will travel to four Colorado counties to provide in-person export training that will begin with an introduction to exporting and progress to the nuts and bolts of the exporting process. Second, the RMWTCI will build upon its online education platform by recording and uploading several courses and webinars related specifically to exporting and to Advanced Industries in Colorado, accessible to any with an Internet connection. Finally, the RMWTCI will build a comprehensive database of exporters in Colorado, with the goal to provide targeted resources to these businesses in order to help them achieve maximum success in the exporting process. These resources will include a business-to-business mentoring program in which a business or entrepreneur in a distressed county will be paired with an organization that is currently achieving high levels of success at exporting.
The RMWTCI is thrilled to implement this project and expand its export education programs in Colorado through this grant award. For more information about the RMWTCI and its educational programs, click here.