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Market Development Cooperator Program
Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) awards include financial and technical assistance from the International Trade Administration (ITA) to support projects that help U.S. companies to export. An MDCP award establishes a partnership between ITA and non-profit industry groups such as trade associations and chambers of commerce. Such groups are particularly effective in reaching small- and medium-size enterprises. The non-profit groups compete for a limited number of MDCP awards by proposing innovative projects that generate exports that create or sustain U.S. jobs. Industry groups pledge to pay a minimum of two-thirds of the project cost and to sustain the project after the MDCP award period ends. On average from 1997 through 2016, projects generated $339 in exports for every $1 of MDCP awards made.
MDCP Projects Generate Exports that Create or Sustain U.S. Jobs
Help Organizations that Help Companies
While MDCP financial assistance awards go to trade associations and other non-profit industry groups, the ultimate beneficiaries of MDCP-funded projects are individual U.S. businesses and the U.S. workers they employ. The average MDCP project lasts over three years and generates $97 million in exports, or about $32 million per year (96/3=32). On average, one U.S. job is created or sustained for every $180,000 in exports. Accordingly, the average MDCP project creates or sustains 178 U.S. jobs per year ($32,000,000/$180,000=178).
On average there are 18 MDCP projects at any given time, so in average year, MDCP-project-generated exports create or sustain about 3200 jobs (178 x 18 = 3204).
The principal measurement of performance is exports generated by MDCP project activity.
See specific examples of exports generated by MDCP projects.
Creating or Sustaining U.S. Jobs
Some U.S. companies may be interested in licensing technology to foreign business partners. Such a transaction would be considered to be an export; however, it would not be an export that creates or sustains U.S. jobs. Any export sale that does not tend to create U.S. jobs or to sustain current U.S. jobs is not the type of export that MDCP projects should be designed to support.
Individual award limit of $300,000.
Funds may be expended over a minimum of three years at whatever rate makes sense for the project undertaken. The project period may not exceed five years.
Flyer: This two-page flyer is the same one that is available in hard-copy from U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs) nationwide as well as from other ITA staff based in Washington, DC. Linking to this flyer avoids printing, but additional print copies can be ordered from Brad.Hess@trade.gov.
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