The U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration announced Monday that it has selected the North Carolina District Export Council as the 2010 DEC of the Year.

The North Carolina group received an award Oct. 25 at the ITA’s International District Export Council Conference in Detroit, the agency said.

“The North Carolina District Export Council has an outstanding record of mentoring local new-to-export and new-to-market companies on exporting and (on) supporting President Obama’s National Export Initiative,” said Ro Khanna, U.S. and foreign commercial deputy assistant secretary for domestic operations. “The group’s work with local United States Export Assistance Centers is critical to expanding U.S. exports and supporting American jobs.”

In addition to mentoring local companies on the advantages of exporting, the North Carolina DEC excelled in export education, conducting Export University and ExporTech classes throughout the state, ITA said in its announcement.

North Carolina’s DEC joined  with the South Carolina DEC to organize a trade mission to Canada on Nov. 1-5, 2010.

Wayne Cooper of Arcon Manufacturing in Charlotte is the North Carolina DEC chairman.

DECs are groups of international business professionals, appointed by the secretary of commerce. DEC members volunteer to participate in numerous trade promotion activities and provide specialized expertise to small and medium‑sized businesses that are interested in exporting.

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