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WTC Association
More than a building or an organization, a World Trade Center (WTC) brings together business and government agencies involved in international trade, provides essential trade services and stimulates the economy of the region it serves. A WTC puts all the services associated with global commerce under one roof. A WTC address gives a business prime and continuous access and exposure to all the services, organizations and individuals essential for success in world trade. "A World Trade Center in any city is a business shopping center, complementing and supporting the existing services of private and government agencies", explains World Trade Center Association (WTCA) President, Guy F. Tozzoli.

The purpose of a World Trade Center is to have information available to businesses in a timely and coordinated manner. Exporting for companies increases because of the immediate accessibility to valuable expertise and energy created by a vibrant market place of international trade activity.

The WTCA was established in 1970 to facilitate international trade by bringing together exporters, importers and service providers. The first seeds of the international movement were sown in 1970 when the pioneer World Trade centers- Houston, New Orleans, New York and Tokyo and a number of World Trade center enthusiasts first organized a World Trade Centers Association.

The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) is a not-for-profit, non-political association that fosters the WTC concept and develops inter-WTC cooperative programs. WTCA membership currently includes 314 WTCs in 91 countries. Over 750,000 companies are affiliated with WTCA members worldwide.

The mission of the World Trade Centers Association is to support the establishment and successful operation of individual World Trade Centers as part of a worldwide alliance of World Trade Centers, which enhances stability, peace, world trade and development, leading to economic growth.

Serving in an integral advisory capacity to the Association are action committees staffed by volunteers. These individuals donate their time and energy so that as the WTCA family grows, it becomes more successful and responsive to the needs of World Trade Centers and their members. The committee members share in the common interest of striving toward the higher quality and greater success of each individual World Trade Center and thus, the Association as a whole. The committees are resources for the Association and each other. In general, each committee is a generator of new ideas or of possible solutions for current problems. They perform research within their spheres of responsibility and, on the basis of the results, make suggestions to improve policy and procedure. The contributions of the committees -- in active collaboration with the WTCA Board and Headquarters staff -- are essential to the achievement of the WTCA's goals.

WTC, World Trade Center, and MAP Logo are all registered trademarks of the World Trade Centers Association, Inc.
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"John Dickson and his associates have created a team of world class practitioners in each of the areas critical to regional economic development. I am most impressed by the vision and experience of this team. Their combined effort can address any of the obstacles to development in challenging regions or can greatly enhance and expand economic opportunities in mature economies.

John has demonstrated an ability to understand and fully utilize the value of the WTCA network. I am thrilled about this new initiative and highly recommend the World Trade and Develoment Group to anyone seeking to enhance the economic potential of their region."

Guy F. Tozzoli, President
World Trade Centers Association

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