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LAGCOE receives presidential award for export service

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US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, has presented LAGCOE (Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition) with the President’s ‘E’ Award for Export Service at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s ‘E’ Award is the highest recognition any US entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of US exports.

In her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient, Pritzker said, “LAGCOE has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The ‘E’ Awards Committee was very impressed with LAGCOE’s work to promote sales opportunities for oil and gas companies in international markets. The company’s extensive support of matchmaking activities was also particularly notable. LAGCOE’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the US economy and create American jobs.”

LAGCOE, located in Lafayette, Louisiana, is a non-profit organisation which supports the stability and growth of energy companies (in the US and globally) through a biennial exposition and conference and ongoing programs. LAGCOE’s presentations, receptions, luncheons and programs promote education about new technologies and ventures, and provide invaluable opportunities for energy companies to display their products and network with potential buyers.

Angela Cring, executive director, LAGCOE, said:

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition of our hard work in assisting US companies with their international business development efforts; reducing barriers to foreign markets and opening the door to more trade around the world. The combined efforts of our international committee, LAGCOE volunteers, staff and community partners play a major role in effectively serving our companies. We look forward to continuing to grow our international business development programming to further assist energy companies with export efforts.”

LAGCOE has increased the focus on international expansion annually since 2003 and has been selected to participate in the Department of Commerce International Buyer Program since 2007. Statistics from LAGCOE’s most recent biennial exposition tracks increasing efforts to support U.S. companies’ export success. As a result of this extensive outreach, countries with international buyers attending LAGCOE grew from 26 in 2011 to 40 in 2015. At the most recent exposition in 2015, international buyers from 40 countries attended LAGCOE and 71 counseling sessions were held with 28 US companies. Additionally, 95 international companies met in 286 business-to-business meetings with US exporters.

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II ‘E’ symbol of excellence to honour and provide recognition to America's exporters. Secretary Pritzker honored 123 US companies with the President’s ‘E’ Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world.

In 2015, US exports totaled US$2.23 trillion, accounting for nearly 13% of US GDP. Nationally, exports contributed to the US economy, supporting an estimated 11.5 million jobs.

US companies are nominated for the ‘E’ Awards through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, with offices in 108 US cities and more than 70 countries. Criteria for the award is based on four years of successive export growth and case studies that demonstrate valuable support to exporters, resulting in increased exports for the company’s clients.

For more information about the ‘E’ Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit

Adapted from a press release by Louise Mulhall

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