Economic Development and International Trade
Mark is a recognized leader in trade policy who has provided strategic and innovative insight in crafting laws and regulations as well as important policy pieces.
Mark was a pioneer in eliminating “technical barriers to trade” in the form of exclusionary technical standards that prevented U.S. products from being imported into Japan. He helped pave the complex intersection of global trade rules, technical standards, and intellectual property rights.
Local, state, and regional governments seek to improve their economic future through new development and investments, and job creation and growth. Mark Foster can assist local municipalities on FDI, reshoring, and infrastructure development. Mark has handled more than a dozen greenfield development projects to attract and site Japanese companies to California, Oregon, and Washington in the semiconductor, electronics, and food products sectors. He also has assisted government bodies in the U.S. (including the states of Illinois, Washington, Minnesota, Oregon, California, and Alabama), Japan, Vietnam, and Europe to design and implement FDI, export-promotion, business retention and recruitment, local and regional public-private sector initiatives, and other infrastructure development efforts.