Pashinski delivers keynote address at NEPA Alliance summit

WILKES-BARRE, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, delivered the keynote address this afternoon at The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance’s (NEPA) 2018 Bringing the World to Northeastern Pennsylvania summit, highlighting the importance of international trade and the benefits to businesses in the northeast.

“Pennsylvania has such a unique history when it comes to natural resources, manufacturing and goods and services,” Pashinski said. “With the sixth largest gross domestic product output in the United States, it’s vital that we continue to pursue international trade to strengthen our state’s economy and get greater exposure for the Pennsylvania products we’re all proud of.”

Bringing the World to Northeastern Pennsylvania allows businesses from NEPA’s seven county service area, Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne, to meet one-on-one with Pennsylvania’s authorized trade representatives from Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, India, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. 

Authorized trade representatives are professional business consultants, located in their respective markets, who are contracted by the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, Office of International Business Development to help Pennsylvania businesses export. 

In his speech, Pashinski highlighted several local businesses already engaged in international trade, including A. Rifkin Co., Scent-Sations Inc., Ethosgen LLC, and InterMetro, all of Wilkes-Barre, as well as Cornell Cooksons of Mountain Top.

“Northeast Pennsylvania has had over $31 million in sales to international markets, which has led to the creation or retention of over 125 jobs,” Pashinski said. “It was a tremendous honor to speak at today’s summit and highlight the importance of strengthening trade with our international partners.”