The Texas Camino Real District Export Council (TCRDEC) is one of the nationwide networks of DEC's which make significant contributions to America's international competitiveness. It is a diverse group of volunteer International Trade Professionals representing regions throughout central Texas. The Texas Camino Real DEC serves 80 counties in Central and South Texas. Founded in 1994 as a branch of the North Texas DEC, it became a full DEC in 1999.
The District Export Councils contribute leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service's export promotion efforts through counseling businesses on the exporting process and conducting trade education and community outreach. The primary objectives of the NTDEC are to educate the community about free trade and its benefits, and include "how to" education to promote exports by companies in our area.
Electronic Communication Committee
Legislative Affairs Committee
Trade Policy Committee
Upcoming Events in the Camino Real Area
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2015 Annual Plan and Initiatives
The District Export Councils encourage and support exports that strengthen companies (particularly small and medium sized enterprises), stimulate U.S. economic growth, and maintain and create jobs. Export expansion activities are accomplished by working with the U.S. Export Assistance Centers of the U.S. Department of Commerce in order to provide opportunities to promote greater export activity at the local level while developing a trade assistance network.
The primary objective of the Texas Camino Real District Export Council (TCRDEC) is to support economic development and job creation in the Central/South Texas region through education, community outreach and trade policy advocacy related to international business and trade. The TCRDEC works closely with a number of like-minded national, state, and local partners and with the other DECs in Texas: North Texas, West Texas, and Houston, the national Border DEC and the National District Export Council.
Education Outreach Committee:
This subcommittee is responsible for addressing all international education outreach in order to prepare students and companies to take advantage of opportunities in international trade, especially through exporting. Goals and Initiatives include where the TCRDEC will:
Export Training – TCRDEC will work with the Austin USEAC, San Antonio USEAC to put on either full or half day export subject programs or webinars.
Export Counseling – TCRDEC will assist companies with interest and potential in exporting. The objective is to bring more small and medium-size businesses to look at export markets as a mechanism to grown
Scholarship Program - TCRDEC has a scholarship program for companies, contact TCRDEC for details.
Export Fellows – TCRDEC will work with colleges and universities to conduct a four week educational training programs for students to develop export plans.
High School Outreach - TCRDEC will participate in education training to acquaint high school students with international and exporting.
Scholarship Program - TCRDEC has a scholarship program, contact TCRDEC for details.
Community Outreach Committee:
This subcommittee is responsible for addressing outreach opportunities that promote TCRDEC visibility and increase overall participation by local communities in international trade-related activities. Goals and Initiatives include:
Presentation in Small Communities – DEC will identify some outlying areas in territory and provide information on DEC, exporting and training programs.
New Membership Outreach – Conduct a program to reach out to existing exporting companies in an effort to have them become associates or members of the TCRDEC.
Legislative and Trade Policy Outreach Committee
This subcommittee is responsible for addressing legislative international issues that are of importance on the federal or state level and for addressing trade policy matters that are considered to be of national, state, and local importance in contributing to the creation of a strong national economy and that can be affected positively through the activities of the DECs.
Congressional Visits – Meet periodically and invite Congressional offices located in the TCRDEC area to DEC meetings and advise them of the work of the DECs, and the U.S. Commercial Service offices. The TCRDEC will advise these offices of international trade issues of critical importance to small and medium-sized enterprises in Texas and ask for their support when such issues come before the Congress for a vote. Specifically, representatives of the TCRDEC will visit each Congressional office in the area at least once a year and will continue communications with them via email, letters, and telephone calls.
Electronic Communications Committee
This subcommittee is responsible for addressing electronic communications issues of importance to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National DEC Steering Committee, and the Texas DECs. Goals and Initiatives include:
Website – Updating the membership lists, events and news on the Statewide DEC website. Working with the North Texas DEC for new ideas to improve the website development.
National Steering Committee – Provide members with regular updates from the National DEC and its Steering Committee. Specifically, the representative of the TCRDEC on the National Steering Committee will communicate quarterly with members regarding National DEC priorities, including the National DEC Conference held annually.
This Commiteee of the TCRDEC is responsible for handling key administrative matters, including budget, adherence to National DEC standards, adherence to state and local standards, as well as adherence to U.S. Department of Commerce guidance governing DEC operations. Goals and Initiatives include:
Fundraising Plan – the TCRDEC will identify opportunities to raise money to assist in the various initiatives and also to help TCDEC members and associates attend statewide and national meetings and other USDOC opportunities.
Meeting Hosts – Identify and arrange for hosts for upcoming quarterly meetings.