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April 1, 2013

Canada-US relationship touted

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PLATTSBURGH —

SHARED APPROACH

The Beyond the Border Initiative and the Regulatory Cooperation Council make up Prato’s third priority.

Beyond the Border calls for a shared approach to security to address threats while expediting lawful trade and travel.

Continued use of trusted traveler and shipper programs, such as NEXUS and FAST, are important, he said, so a secure border isn’t also an impediment.

The Regulatory Cooperation Council works to increase regulatory transparency and coordination between the two nations to promote economic growth and job creation. Prato said this area has a network of professionals in many fields with knowledge of the different regulations in the United States and Canada.

UNIQUE SELLING POINTS

Asked to provide details of the Canadian Technology Accelerator Initiative, Prato said that is in place in three locations: Boston, San Francisco and New York City.

The focus in New York City is digital media startups. Fledgling Canadian companies receive assistance in access to capital, collaboration with similar companies, identification of potential clients and development of a global presence through a New York location.

Prato said 32 companies have participated so far, and half of those have since set up a permanent presence in the United States.

“I think the key to its success is you can’t have a cookie-cutter approach,” he said, adding each location has its own unique selling points.

North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said Prato’s visit was a welcome opportunity to continue to develop the region’s relationship with its neighbor to the north.

“When we say what’s good for Canada is good for the North Country, we mean it,” he said.

Email Dan Heathdheath@pressrepublican.com

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