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Riverside County supervisors consider deal with Port of Los Angeles

Big deal could mean big benefits that could impact Coachella Valley

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Riverside County supervisors today will consider whether to make formal arrangements with the Port of Los Angeles to handle more county-made and grown manufacturing and agricultural products bound for foreign shores.
Riverside County's Economic Development Agency is seeking to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the port that would ensure the efficient movement of county-originating exports in the future.
``Having a partnership with the Port of Los Angeles will be of great benefit to our business community, our county and the Port of Los Angeles,'' Board of Supervisors Chairman John Tavaglione said.
Specifics about what the MOU would entail were not immediately available. But according to county Foreign Trade Commissioner Tom Freeman, the compact would pave the way to additional agreements down the road.
The county has four tax-advantaged Foreign Trade Zones, as well as programs that provide expedited visa processing for investor immigrants and loans through the Export-Import Bank.
According to Freeman, 25,000 local jobs are directly tied to the regional export market, which is valued at around $11.5 billion annually.

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