STEVENS POINT, Wisc. (August 8, 2019) — The United States - Mexico - Canada Agreement (USMCA) has significant impact for numerous businesses in central Wisconsin. Mr. Julian Adem Diaz de Leon, Consul General of Mexico, will meet with some of those businesses August 13, in Stevens Point.

The event is organized by Centergy the regional economic development organization for central Wisconsin. Major sponsors of the event are Gamber Johnson and Alliant Energy. Additional sponsorship was provided by Greenheck, Heartland Farms, Mid-State Technical College, Portage County Business Council, and Ruder Ware.

Centergy invites business and industry leaders to visit with the Consul General. In his presentation, Adem will highlight the trade partnership with the U.S. along with the core achievements in the USMCA. From machinery, processed food, paper, and other goods, many Wisconsin companies are impacted by the new trade deal.

The Consul General will deliver remarks beginning at 11:00 AM, in the Community Engagement Room at Mid-State Technical College, 1001 Center Point Dr, Stevens Point. Following his address, Adem will field questions from the audience. There is no charge to attend. However, because space is limited, people are required to preregister at www.centergy.net, Registration closes at noon on Monday, August 12.

According to Centergy executive director Gordon Crow, USMCA will improve the North American Free Trade Agreement, commonly referred to as NAFTA.

“The USMCA will better serve the interests of central Wisconsin workers, farmers and ranchers, and businesses of all types,” Crow said. “The agreement supports trade policies that are mutually beneficial and will lead to freer markets, fairer trade and economic growth in central Wisconsin.”

According to Crow, in 2018, Wisconsin exports to Mexico were $3.4 billion, up 8% from 2017.

“Farms, dairies, food processors, automobile and truck sales, and manufacturing are impacted in significant ways by the passage of USMCA,” Crow said. “This needs to be passed and implemented.”

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About Centergy, Inc.

Centergy, Inc. is a 501(c) 4 nonprofit, regional marketing and economic development organization fostering collaboration among private and public sector leaders throughout the five counties of central Wisconsin, known as the Centergy region. In pursuing identified strategies and areas of work, the goals of Centergy include adding value by leveraging investors’ financial resources and time to lead regional marketing and public relations efforts to position central Wisconsin as a leader in key business sectors, unite regional stakeholders to develop strategies, and leverage resources to implement and advance strategic initiatives. For more information about Centergy, visit www.centergy.net.