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New International Skills Gained at Working Abroad in India! Now to Apply Them in Brazil

By Derek Washam, Manager, Federal & International Programs

An ambitious group of AIA members and other guests turned out to AIA headquarters for Working Abroad in India: Pros, Cons, and Ways Forward. The afternoon workshop kicked off with a panel by local architects Suman Sorg of Sorg Architects and Mark Erdly, who relayed experiences from their perspectives as small and large firms. Attendees inspired by what they heard on this panel then learned from Eugene Alford of the International Trade Administration and Jonathan Brady of ExportDC about various government resources that are available to assist with working internationally, whether it be through the U.S. Commercial Service or through trade missions, like the October Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil. For those that are skeptical about expanding their practice abroad, Alison Gatchev of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and C. Michael Forgione of the Export-Import Bank provided insight into the various financing and insurance options that are available to help make expansion less risky.

For those who were unable to attend, be sure to participate in an August 1 webinar on the upcoming Architecture Services Trade Mission to Brazil. During this webinar you will get a taste of some of the resources and services that your federal government provides business and you will learn how applying for the mission to Rio de Janeiro and Recife will benefit you and your firm!

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