Free Forums on Proposed Regulatory Changes

Last Update: February 25, 2011 combining the Miami General and Grantee Forums

The FTZ Board is planning educational events pertaining to the proposed revised FTZ regulations at eight regional centers across the country plus Washington, DC. At each location, two separate sessions will be held:

General Forums - Designed for FTZ operators, users, and anyone else interested in the FTZ program. The General Forums will begin with a presentation on the proposed regulations and allow ample opportunity for attendees to ask questions. RSVPs are required for the General Forums in certain locations - see current details below.

Grantee Forums/Training - Limited to officials of grantee organizations, as well as officials of any other public agencies or non-profit organizations that work with grantees. Will begin with the same presentation given in the General Forums on the proposed regulations. Will also allow time for training not specifically related to the proposed regulations regarding the grantees' roles and responsibilities. RSVPs to ftz@trade.gov are required for all of the Grantee Forums. Each RSVP should include the individual's name and title plus the identity of the organization of which they are an official.

For each location outside Washington, the General Forum will be scheduled for 9:00 a.m. until noon on the date in question, with the Grantee Forum scheduled for 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. that same day.

Confirmed dates and cities are as follows (with addresses and other details at bottom):

January 24 - Denver (RSVP required for General Forum as well as Grantee Forum - see below)
January 26 - Seattle
January 28 - San Francisco (RSVP required for General Forum as well as Grantee Forum - see below)
February 7 (1:00 p.m.) - General Forum in Washington, DC
February 9 (9:00 a.m.) - Grantee Forum in Washington DC
February 16 - Newark (RSVP required for General Forum as well as Grantee Forum - see below)
February 23 - Detroit
February 28 - Houston
March 2 - Atlanta
March 4 - Miami (Combined General and Grantee Forum, 9:00 a.m.- Noon)

Current details on addresses are as follows:

Denver:
U.S. Export Assistance Center
1625 Broadway
Denver, CO 80202
RSVPs are required by January 17 for the General Forum (as well as the Grantee Forum). RSVP to ftz@trade.gov.

Seattle:
Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
Swedish Conference Room
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2500
Seattle, WA 98101

San Francisco:
U.S. Commercial Service
50 Fremont Street, Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94105
RSVPs will be required by January 21 for the General Forum (as well as the Grantee Forum). Attendees also must bring a photo ID. RSVP to ftz@trade.gov.

Washington:
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20230

Newark:
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
New Jersey Marine Terminals
260 Kellogg Street
Port Newark, New Jersey 07114
RSVPs are required by February 14 for the General Forum (as well as the Grantee Forum). RSVP to ftz@trade.gov.

Detroit:
TechTown
Tech II - Daglish Building, Ground Floor
440 Burroughs Street
Detroit, MI 48202
RSVPs are required no later than February 21 only for the Grantee Forum. RSVP to ftz@trade.gov.

Houston:
Houston U.S. Export Assistance Center
Lonestar Meeting Room - 10th Floor
1919 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77002
RSVPs are required no later than February 24 only for the Grantee Forum. RSVP to ftz@trade.gov.

Atlanta, GA - March 2
Large Conference Room
Comfort Suites Hotel
5087 Clark Howell Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30349
RSVPs are required no later than February 28 only for the Grantee Forum. RSVP to ftz@trade.gov.

Miami, FL - March 4
Port of Miami
5th Floor Conference Room
1015 N. America Way
Miami, FL 33132
(Note that building is signed "Port of Miami World Trade Center")
Combined General and Grantee Forum, 9:00 a.m.- Noon

If you have questions, please e-mail ftz@trade.gov or call (202) 482-2862.