Our Journey

2014

During the 2014 U.S.–Mexico Commercial dialogue, the U.S. International Trade Administration asked the U.S. Economic Development Administration to open up their economic assets to catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship. Realizing that economic prosperity is a hemisphere priority and leveraging the recently released Signs of Competitiveness Reports of the Inter-American Competitiveness Network at the OAS, EDA and ITA joined with the OAS and the U.S. Department of State to expand this concept to include all the Americas. Thus, the ACE program was born- leveraging local economic assets to drive hemisphere prosperity and growth. ACE has now been held all over the world, including in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Canada, Germany, and Israel.

The ACE program was created
ACE 1  - Georgia, North and South Carolina, United States, Hosted the First ACE

ACE 1  - Georgia, North and South Carolina, United States, Hosted the First ACE

Itinerary: Atlanta (Georgia);
Greenville (South Carolina);
Conover and Kannapolis (North Carolina),
United States

Website

March 31 to April 4, 2014
August 11 to 15, 2014
ACE 2  - Mexico received the ACE in Mexico DF, Aguascalientes and Guadalajara

ACE 2 - Mexico received the ACE in Mexico DF, Aguascalientes and Guadalajara

Itinerary: Mexico DF, Aguascalientes, and Guadalajara in Mexico

Website

2015

ACE 3 - Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois, United States, Hosted the ACE 

ACE 3 - Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois, United States, Hosted the ACE 

Itinerary: Minneapolis and Rochester (Minnesota); LaCrosse, Viroqua, Westby, Gays Mills, Madison, and Milwaukee (Wisconsin); and Chicago (Illinois), United States

Website

August 19 to 24, 2015
October 26 to 30, 2015

2016

ACE 5 - Arizona and California, United States, Hosted the ACE

ACE 5 - Arizona and California, United States, Hosted the ACE

Itinerary: Phoenix, Tempe, Oracle, Tucson, Gila Bend, and Yuma (Arizona); Holtville, Imperial, Brawley, San Diego, and La Jolla (California), United States

Website

April 10-16, 2016
ACE 6 - Canada welcomed the ACE in the Province of Ontario

ACE 6 - Canada welcomed the ACE in the Province of Ontario

Itinerary: Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, and Niagara (Province of Ontario), Canada

Website

September 25 to October 1, 2016

2017

U.S. Department of State and the Economic Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce agreed to fund the ACE program for two years

March 2017
ACE 7 - Texas, United States, received the ACE

ACE 7 - Texas, United States, received the ACE

Itinerary: San Antonio, New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, San Marcos, College Station, and Austin (Texas), United Sates

 

Website

April 2 to 7, 2017
December 3 to 9, 2017
ACE 8 - Florida, United States, hosted the ACE

ACE 8 - Florida, United States, hosted the ACE

Itinerary: Orlando, Melbourne, Cape Canaveral, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Gainesville, and Tallahassee (Florida), United States

Website

2018

ACE 9 - Germany and Israel hosted the ACE Special Edition

ACE 9 - Germany and Israel hosted the ACE Special Edition

Itinerary: Tel Aviv, Israel; Berlin and Dresden, Germany

Website

June 24 to 29, 2018
October 21 to 27, 2018
ACE 10 - Northern California, United States, welcomed the ACE

ACE 10 - Northern California, United States, welcomed the ACE

Itinerary: San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Monterey Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, and Sacramento (California), United States

Website

2019

OECD publication presents ACE as a successful Mechanism

Triangular Co-operation in the Era of the 2030 Agenda

Read the report

March 2019
ACE 11 - Puerto Rico, United States, hosted the ACE

ACE 11 - Puerto Rico, United States, hosted the ACE

Itinerary: San Juan, Bayamón, Arecibo, Aguadilla, Mayaguez, Ponce, Caguas, Gurabo, Ceiba, Naguabo, Humacao, and Luquillo in Puerto Rico, United States

Website

May 18 to 25, 2019
October 6 to 10, 2019

2014

The ACE program was created

During the 2014 U.S.–Mexico Commercial dialogue, the U.S. International Trade Administration asked the U.S. Economic Development Administration to open up their economic assets to catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship. Realizing that economic prosperity is a hemisphere priority and leveraging the recently released Signs of Competitiveness Reports of the Inter-American Competitiveness Network at the OAS, EDA and ITA joined with the OAS and the U.S. Department of State to expand this concept to include all the Americas. Thus, the ACE program was born- leveraging local economic assets to drive hemisphere prosperity and growth. ACE has now been held all over the world, including in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Canada, Germany, and Israel.

ACE 1

March 31 to April 4, 2014

Georgia, North and South Carolina, United States, Hosted the First ACE

Itinerary: Atlanta (Georgia);
Greenville (South Carolina);
Conover and Kannapolis (North Carolina),
United States

Website

August 11 to 15, 2014

Mexico received the ACE in Mexico DF, Aguascalientes and Guadalajara

Itinerary: Mexico DF, Aguascalientes, and Guadalajara in Mexico

Website

ACE 2

2015

ACE 3

August 19 to 24, 2015

Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois, United States, Hosted the ACE

Itinerary: Mexico DF, Aguascalientes, and Guadalajara in Mexico

Website

October 26 to 30, 2015

Argentina welcomed the ACE in the Province of Córdoba

Itinerary: Córdoba in Argentina

Website

ACE 4

2016

ACE 5

April 10-16, 2016

Arizona and California, United States, Hosted the ACE

Itinerary: Phoenix, Tempe, Oracle, Tucson, Gila Bend, and Yuma (Arizona); Holtville, Imperial, Brawley, San Diego, and La Jolla (California), United States

Website

April 16, 2016

EDA and the OAS signed a cooperation agreement to boost the ACE program

ACE 6

September 25 to October 1, 2016

Canada welcomed the ACE in the Province of Ontario

Itinerary: Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, and Niagara (Province of Ontario), Canada

Website

2017

March 2017

U.S. Department of State and the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce agreed to fund the ACE program for two years

ACE 7

April 2 to 7, 2017

Texas, United States, received the ACE

Itinerary: San Antonio, New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, San Marcos, College Station, and Austin (Texas), United Sates

Website

ACE Meet-Up

September 14, 2017

As Part of the X Americas Competitiveness Forum

Mexico City, Mexico

December 3 to 9, 2017

Florida, United States, hosted the ACE

Itinerary: Orlando, Melbourne, Cape Canaveral, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Gainesville, and Tallahassee (Florida), United States

Website

ACE 8

2018

ACE 9

June 24 to 29, 2018

Germany and Israel hosted the ACE Special Edition

Itinerary: Tel Aviv, Israel; Berlin and Dresden, Germany

Website

October 21 to 27, 2018

Northern California, United States, welcomed the ACE

Itinerary: San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Monterey Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, and Sacramento (California), United States

Website

ACE 10

2019

OECD publication presents ACE as a successful Mechanism

Triangular Co-operation in the Era of the 2030 Agenda

Read the report

March 2019

May 18 to 25, 2019

Puerto Rico, United States, hosted the ACE

Itinerary: San Juan, Bayamón, Arecibo, Aguadilla, Mayaguez, Ponce, Caguas, Gurabo, Ceiba, Naguabo, Humacao, and Luquillo in Puerto Rico, United States

Website

ACE 11

ACE 12

October 6 to 10, 2019

Chile welcomed the ACE in Santiago de Chile and Valparaiso

Itinerary: Santiago de Chile and Valparaiso, Chile

Website

2020

March 2020

U.S. Department of State approved funding for three additional years

ACE B2B Virtual Meetings

July – December

Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC)

November 24, 2020

2020 Meeting of Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Competitiveness of the Americas

Virtual Event

2021

XI Americas Competitiveness Forum

February 25, 2021

Virtual Event

February 26, 2021

Virtual Event

ACE Meet-up

As part of the XI Americas Competitiveness Forum

ACE 13

August 1 to 6, 2021

Colorado will host
the ACE in 2021

Itinerary: County and City of Denver,
El Paso County (Including the City of Colorado Springs), and Jefferson County.

Website

November 7 to 14, 2021

Louisiana will welcome
the ACE in 2021

Itinerary: New Orleans, Acadia,
Lafayette, Baton Rouge

ACE 14

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