Jerome Horton, chairman of the California Board of Equalization, has been tabbed as the keynote speaker at the 8th annual Global California Conference June 23 in Los Angeles.
Among the issues expected to be in the spotlight at the conference is President Barack Obama’s executive order for a National Export Initiative.
“With President Obama’s challenge to double exports in the next five years to create good high paying jobs, we want to make this year’s conference bigger and better than ever,” Tony Livoti, president of the Monterey Bay International Trade Association, Monterey, said in a news release. “So we have joined forces with the Valley International Trade Association to reach out to the entire State for participation.”
The Valley International Trade Association is based in Sherman Oaks, a suburb of Los Angeles.
Agriculture plays a large role among California’s exports. Offshore sales of fresh produce and other agricultural commodities exceeded $12.4 billion in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available from the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Horton will address tax incentive programs designed to reduce payroll expenses for California employers and to help them be more competitive in the global marketplace, according to the news release.
When announcing the National Export Initiative March 11, the president said among its goals is to remove trade barriers abroad by helping firms overcome the hurdles to entering new export markets, assist with financing and pursue a government-wide approach to export advocacy abroad.
“With small to midâsized enterprises poised to garner the growth of new jobs in California and the U.S. in the coming years…we stand strong and ready to expand exports and create jobs with the support of a statewide established network of educators, global trade marketing professionals, international attorneys, trade finance professionals, trade promotion service providers, logistic providers, foreign government agencies and industry associations,” Ron Wood, executive director of the Valley International Trade Association, said in the release.
The Board of Equalization, comprised of four elected district members and the state controller, oversees California’s tax administration and fee collection. It is the nation’s only publicly elected tax commission, according to the board’s website.