- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says the Obama administration is bringing its “Made in Rural America” export forum to upstate New York.

Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, urged the administration in May to bring one of its five export forums to New York.

The initiative aims to strengthen rural exports by assisting small and midsize rural businesses overcome obstacles to reach untapped overseas markets. The forum is planned in Cortland in September.

The regional forum will link up rural communities, economic development officials and businesses with experienced exporters and international business professionals. They’ll receive export training, access federal and state export assistance, and learn ways to participate in major trade events and trade shows.

New York state ranks third in total exports among all states.

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