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World Trade Center Institute Background

World Trade Center Institute (WTCI) was founded in 1989 by Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer, Chairman of RTKL Associates Harold Adams, and a founding Board of Directors comprised of leading business people in the region to act as an international business educational organization. In 1992 WTCI agreed to help the Maryland Port Administration fulfill some of its World Trade Center Association licencee responsibilities (ie hosting educational programs and international business services). The same year, a full annual international business seminar schedule was developed.

In 1994, the WTCI helped to establish the first US Export Assistance Center in Baltimore, formed its Latin and Asian regional business networks and launched a website. Since 1995, the WTCI has organized the annual Maryland International Business Leadership Awards that recognize excellence in all areas of the state’s economy such as manufacturing, agriculture, hi-tech, environmental and service. A special award, the Governor’s Leadership Award, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated sustained and exemplary efforts in support of Maryland’s international relations and/or trade.

In 1996, the World Trade Resource Center, a library with written and electronic directories and databases for international trade information, was opened. The same year, the Maryland International Center merged into the WTCI, bringing a federally funded program for international visitors. In 1997, the WTCI received the President’s E-award for Exporting and incorporated the Maryland Sister States program from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

Today the World Trade Center Institute serves as Maryland’s premier international business network.

Founding Member Companies

Abell Foundation
Advance Business Systems
Arthur Anderson and Company
Baltimore Sun
BGE/Constellation Energy
Black & Decker
Crown Central Petroleum Corp
Ellicott Machine Corp (now Ellicott Dredge)
Ernst & Young
First Maryland Bancorp (now M&T)
Four Seas & Seven Winds Travel
Frank, Bernstein, Conaway & Goldman
Giant Food, Inc
Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells)
IBM Systems Integration Div
Legg Mason
McCormick & Co
McGuire, Woods
Miles & Stockbridge
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Perdue Farms
Phillips Foods
Piper Marbury (now DLA Piper)
Port of Baltimore
SCM Chemicals
Semmes, Bowen & Semmes
Signet Bank/First Union/Wachovia
Trahan, Burden & Charles
University of Maryland
Westinghouse (now Northrop Grumman)
Founding Board Members