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Welcome to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s website for U.S. Architecture and Engineering Firms. This site is your resource for market research reports, trade leads, upcoming industry-related events and advocacy assistance.

Our division of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service, has a global network of 100 offices located throughout the U.S. and over 100 offices located in more than 70 countries. Our worldwide team of specialists is here to assist with your international outreach to partner firms, project developers, and design. To find your local design services specialist, please click on the link to the left titled “Local USDOC Offices”.

Our Design & Construction Team members can assist you with the following:

  • International Market Research – our overseas specialists generate reports on the design services sector of target markets around the world. We have developed our Design Resources Guide (see link on the left side), but you can also access more reports by contacting your local design services specialist.
  • Trade Missions & Events – We regularly develop and lead trade missions and events for the design services sector along with key industry associations. These missions provide market access and unrivaled exposure for firms seeking international projects.
  • Webinars – learn about the design sector in a market of interest without leaving your desk.
  • Advocacy – the Advocacy Center coordinates U.S. Government (USG) resources to level the playing field on behalf of U.S. business interests as they compete against foreign firms for government contracts or other U.S. export opportunities.
  • Gold Key Service – provides business meetings with pre-screened contacts, developers, firms, professional associations, government contacts, and/or licensing or joint venture partners.  Through the GKS program, Commercial Service staff will search for and arrange appointments with potential foreign partners in key markets.
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  • Single Company Promotion – provides support and official sponsorship in a specific market under the auspices of the American Embassy or Consulate.  Commercial Service staff overseas assists a U.S. company in organizing a product launch, technical seminar, cocktail reception, or similar event in a well-recognized location, such as a hotel or in some cases, the U.S. Ambassador's residence.  A typical event might include a 3-hour program with an introduction by a U.S. Government official followed by detailed company presentation and question/answer session followed by a networking session.  The SCP is an excellent opportunity to support your existing in-country representative by co-presenting to a targeted audience.


Event Highlight:

Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities

November 1-3, 2016; Chicago, IL

Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the Illinois District Export Council for Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities. This conference brings together trade experts, industry professionals, and U.S. commercial diplomats via panels and executive meetings to address opportunities and demand for new technologies to make cities more sustainable. Your firm will leave this conference with the critical next steps needed to transform market potential to market success in markets of interest across the world.

Meet One-on-One with U.S. Commercial Diplomats:

Whether to explore market opportunities or receive help in overcoming challenges, meet with U.S. commercial to get your questions answered. The U.S. Diplomats attending will be representing: Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Kenya, Mexico, The Nordics, Peru, The Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, UAE and UK.


Worldwide Smart City Development Opportunities

At Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities, attendees will:

  • Learn about 21st century infrastructure projects – and how to build the strong partnerships needed to win business.
  • Understand the demand for new technologies that improve standards of living, create “showcase cities,” increase efficiency, and promote cybersecurity.
  • Explore green technologies and disaster mitigation to make cities more sustainable.

What to Expect:

  • Pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with U.S. commercial diplomats who specialize in multiple industries related to smart cities.
  • Key trends and defining characteristics of smart cities.
  • U.S. government resources and advocacy.
  • Multiple networking opportunities.


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Detailed Event Information For World Mining Congress & Expo Detailed Event Information For World Mining Congress & Expo
World Mining Congress & Expo -- Architectural/Constr./Engineering SVC, Construction Eq., Environmental Technologies, Mining Industry Eq., Robotics
Location/Date: Montreal, Canada 08/11/2013 - 08/13/2013
Event Summary:
Focused on North America's mining industry, the 23rd World Mining Congress 2013 provides a marketplace for businesses working in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. The exhibition and conference offers new opportunities for government leaders, mining companies, and technology and service providers to connect and do business together. Participants will receive: one-on-one appointments with targeted, pre-qualified Canadian partners/representatives; an invitation to a breakfast briefing with keynotes by industry professionals, and an invitation to a networking reception designed exclusive for the U.S. delegation and hosted by the U.S. government.

Connie Irrera, Montreal
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 514/398-9695, ext. 2262, direct line 514/908-3662
Matt Baker, North Texas
International Trade Specialist
Phone: 817-701-6350
Connie Haider, Calgary
Commercial Assistant
Phone: 403-265-2116

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