World Trade Center-Kansas City News: November and December, 2022


The World Trade Center – Kansas City is wrapping up a productive and exciting 2022. We finished out the year strong with many exciting events and connections with our partners and businesses. At the beginning of November, our very first Heartland Export Accelerator cohort graduated from the program. Congratulations to AeroMod, Shark OFF, and Cherry Co. Applications for our next cohort are open now.

Locally, WTC-KC participated in Global Entrepreneurship Week. In partnership with U.S. Commercial Service – Kansas City, we spoke to entrepreneurs about expanding their businesses globally, giving tips on how to identify the best global markets, network globally, and grow through international trade. In addition to Kansas City, we had the opportunity to share WTC-KC’s services and programs with entrepreneurs in Topeka, as part of Go Topeka’s GEW programming.

Our global focus for the close of the year was China, as we took advantage of programming from the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. WTC-KC co-hosted the local webinar of the Annual China Town Hall with the International Relations Council and University of Kansas Center for East Asian Studies. At the Town Hall, Jon M. Hunstman Jr., Former Ambassador to China, Russia and Singapore, touched on important issues from COVID to the CHIPS Act, and emphasized that trade is the glue in current U.S.-China relations. WTC-KC sent a representative to the 2022 U.S.-China Subnational Symposium, co-hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the University of Michigan Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, and the Michigan-China Innovation Center. At the symposium, WTC-KC was briefed on the current political state of China, and its effect on U.S. businesses, both large enterprises and SMEs. The symposium was a great forum to learn from peer state and city organizations on engaging in subnational diplomacy with China, and creating the most opportunity and value for our businesses.

Before we ring in the New Year, we hope to see you at two last events of 2022. Join us on December 14, as we host the Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver for a “Doing Business with Taiwan” roundtable. Register here.

WTC-KC thanks you for all your support in 2022. Happy holidays - we will see you in 2023!


2022 EXIM Annual Conference
December 13
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Doing Business with Taiwan
December 14
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Türkiye Smart Operations & Transportation Reverse Trade Mission
U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
December 15
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Strengthening the Ecosystem with African American Anchors
The Surdna Foundation & the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Women Business Ownership (OWBO)
December 15
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World of Concrete 2023
U.S. Commerical Service (USCS)
January 17-19
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DISTRIBUTECH International 2023
DISTRIBUTECH International
February 7-9
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Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Seminar
Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Seminar
February 7-9
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POWERGEN International 2023
POWERGEN International
February 21-23
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Building the Future: Climate Actions Executive Forum
US Commerical Service - Mexico City
February 22-24

U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) 
March 13 – 15, 2023
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U.S. Commerical Service (USCS)
March 14-19
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NOG Energy Week
International Trade Administration (ITA)
July 2-6
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Dispatches from DC

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During the World Leaders Summit of COP27, Prime Minister StØre of Norway and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Kerry, of the U.S., chaired the launch of the Green Shipping Challenge. This challenge aims at mitigating the climate affects of the shipping industry by encouraging countries, ports, and companies in the industry to declare their concrete and actionable initiatives to move the shipping industry closer to align with the goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This Challenge is organized by the United States and Norway to be a catalyst for the transition to green shipping globally. President Biden highlighted the challenge in his Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate held earlier this summer. Thus far, entities from many different countries have submitted their announcements. Learn more about the challenge here.


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The midterm election’s impact on foreign policy and economic issues

  • Brookings Dollar and Sense Podcast
  • Listen here

Schoolhouse Rock Version of Global Trade

  • The Trade Guys
  • Listen here


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A Practical Approach to the new Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework

Sustainable Trade Index 2022