EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation

Obama Visit to Miami Brings Attention to Export Infrastructure

Posted Monday, April 1, 2013

During President Obama's recent visit to the Port of Miami, he focused on a critical, yet often overlooked aspect of achieving our national export goals: investments in physical infrastructure. In the 2011-2012 REI co-learning plan "A Global Review of Innovative Practices in Regional SME Exporting Strategies," the importance of physical infrastructure in the case of Singapore was emphasized. Without serious and deliberate infrastructure investments, regions with potential for export activity may be over-looked, and in the case of Singapore, we saw that serious infrastructure investment brought financial returns to the region. The Presidential visit brought well-deserved attention to the need for the government and private businesses to invest in physical infrastructure to ensure sufficient capacity for ever-increasing export activity.