Tampa Bay area businesses expand trade with Chile, create local jobs
Chile is shaping up to be one of Florida’s leading trade partners as more and more Tampa Bay area businesses are building fruitful relationships with the South American country. The result? An economic boost likely to result in more jobs in the local region.
Forty Tampa Bay area business leaders flew down to Santiago, Chile, in December for a three-day trade mission organized by the Tampa Bay Export Alliance. The result today? $9 million in anticipated export sales, with ripple effects in the form of expected increases in job growth and tourism.
“Our main goal is job creation,” says Lorrie Belovich, director of international business development for the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation. “Even though international trade sometimes seems unrelated to economic development, it is absolutely related because the more we can get companies to export, the more viable their businesses will be, the higher wages they’ll be able to pay, and the quicker they’ll grow.”