Conference to promote cross-border commerce and networking

WATERTOWN, NY  – A June 14th conference in Watertown will promote collaboration between businesses and economic development agencies from both sides of the Canadian-US Border in the interest of mutually beneficial economic growth. The event is being hosted by Jefferson County Economic Development. “We’re looking to provide opportunities for networking, education, and brainstorming”, said F. Marshall Weir, JCED marketing director.

Entitled, “A Shared Opportunity: Working Together to Advance Cross-Border Commerce”, the conference includes breakout sessions for both Canadian and US businesses on the legal aspects of business formation, registration requirements, work visa and permit categories, border crossing tips, and more. A plenary session will provide attendees with an update on border facility improvements and traffic trends at the Thousand Islands International Bridge. A keynote presentation on the economic outlook for the Canadian – US border area will be delivered by Pierre Cléroux, Vice President of Research and Chief Economist for the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

“Canada and the United States are each other’s largest trading partners, and we believe that Southern Ontario and Northern New York have a unique opportunity to increase mutually beneficial commerce in both directions across the Thousand Islands International Bridge”, said David J. Zembiec, the JCED deputy CEO. Mr. Zembiec also noted that the two regions are connected socially and culturally. “Our respective citizens regularly cross the border back and forth into each other’s communities for shopping, recreation, and cultural activities. It is a relationship we value and point to with pride.”

The conference is scheduled to run from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Watertown’s Hilton Garden Inn. For the agenda and registration details, visit For more information, contact (315) 782-5865 or


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