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Sauk Valley Community College was the host site for  International Trade Forum this week.


The purpose of the forum was to bring import and export opportunites and business potential to the Whiteside County area. Trade Dignataries from Chicago representing eight countries from around the world were able to meet with area business and community leaders. 


Gary Camarano is the Economic Development Director and Enterprise Zone Administrator. 


Gary has been at this position for two and half years and has traveled to Chicago in the past to meet with trade representatives. The intent of the forum was to bring awareness to the Whiteside County area, and let the trade dignitaries know that business does thrive beyond the boundaries of Chicago.


WSDR was able to spend a few minutes on the phone with Gary as he reported on the high points of the trade forum.

Click Here to hear the interview as aired on WSDR. Also a group photo and names of those attending

is available as well.




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Deann Hinton of Regional Media - WSDR Sauk Valley Now, Saulius Pumputis -Economic Affairs of Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania , Shane Bouvet of ReNuTeq, Gary Camarano the Whiteside County Economic Development Director and Enterprise Zone Administrator, Ignatius Masebe - Marketing officer of the South African Consulate General, Carlos Espejo Hermoso the International Trade Advisor for the Trade Commission of Spain, 

Teodora Boteva the Consulate General of Bulgaria, Melchor Lalumio, Jr. the Consulate General of the Republic of the Philippines, Jose' Luis Cabascango the Trade Commissioner for the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment of Ecuador, John Gvozdjak the President and COO of FRANTZ Manufacturing Company, Glen Kuhlemier - Representative of the City of Rock Falls, Yerassimos Lazaris the Trade Commissioner of the Consulate General of Greece and President Dr. David Hellmich of Sauk Valley Community College.