Meeks and Obama Ambassador Discuss Business at York

United States Representative Gregory W. Meeks recently brought Michael Froman, the current United States Trade Representative (USTR) and President Barack Obama’s principal adviser, negotiator and spokesperson on international trade and investment issues, on a tour of his Fifth Congressional District.

As an important part of the congressional district, York College was also on the itinerary with the congressman bringing the ambassador to the college to discuss the state's Start-Up NY for which York has been chosen as the participating CUNY senior college for Queens. The college is now seeking to attract a company or companies interested in relocating or developing a base in the Jamaica area.

With the Northeast Regional Office and Laboratory of the Food and Drug Administration on York's campus, the college and Meeks see a possible opportunity for a pharmaceutical company to participate in Start-UP NY on or around York's campus.

Rep. Meeks, a senior member of the House Financial Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, also took Ambassador Froman on a tour of John F. Kennedy Airport. He expressed gratitude that Froman took time out of a hectic schedule "to engage in discussion with the president of York College, Dr. Marcia V. Keizs, other senior administrators, faculty and students at the college, along with local leaders that are focused on economic development."

The group of engaged students from York's School of Business and Information Systems who peppered the ambassador with questions such as "How does language effect trade negotiation (Richard Butler);" and "What are the negative impacts of having a company outsourcing its production on the consumer in the United States (Raymond Yessin)."

The group then took the ambassador to observe a summer session statistics class in progress.

"We are always pleased to welcome Congressman Meeks and his many important guests to York College," said President Keizs. "Having Ambassador Froman share his expertise on trade agreements and business opportunities that may boost our Start-Up NY prospects was very helpful."

Dr. Keizs further expressed delight in having not only important York faculty, administrators and students in attendance, but representatives from the Queens Chamber of Commerce, JFK Chamber of Commerce, Greater Jamaica Development Corp., Queens Economic Development Corp. and Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corp as well as York's own Small Business Development Center at the table as well.

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