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Upcoming Foreign Press Center Briefings

WHAT: Washington Foreign Press Center On-The-Record Briefing

TOPIC: 2016 Elections: How Will the Presidential Race Impact Congressional Races?

BRIEFER: Melinda Henneberger, Editor-in-Chief, Roll Call

WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: National Press Building, 529 14th Street, NW, Suite 800

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BACKGROUND: Lost in the horse race of presidential politics is the impact the general election will have on what’s called the "downticket" races — the contests for governor, the Senate and the House. In some instances, these lesser races (along with state-level ballot initiatives on subjects such as voting rights and the minimum wage) will have an impact on voter turnout and may affect the national race. Roll Call’s new Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger will lead a team of experts analyzing the presidential primaries and their impact on those “downticket” races for foreign journalists covering the election.

WHAT: New York Foreign Press Center On-The-Record Briefing

TOPIC: Commerce and Investment Updates on the Port of Corpus Christi

BRIEFERS: John LaRue, Executive Director at Port Corpus Christi, and Tommy Kurtz, Vice President of Business and Strategic Development, Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation

WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: 799 United Nations Plaza, 10th Floor (Southwest corner of East 45th Street and 1st Avenue)

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BACKGROUND: The Port of Corpus Christi, which is the sixth largest in the United States in total tonnage, provides deep water access to the Gulf of Mexico and Latin American markets, the United States inland waterway system as well as other global markets. Corpus Christi also provides connectivity to Class I railways in the U.S. and internationally with Ferromex, the largest railroad network in Mexico. In December, following a 40 year ban on the export of crude oil and condensates, the THEO T left the Port of Corpus Christi carrying the first U.S. export cargo of crude oil sold by ConocoPhillips to the international trading company Vitol in Europe.

Briefers will discuss foreign direct investments worth $20 billion from global markets including China, Austria, Italy, and Mexico for the development of LNG terminals, a steel mill (the largest single investment in an American manufacturing facility by a Chinese company), an iron ore processing plant, the world’s largest PET plant, and a system of refined products terminals and pipelines stretching from the Texas Gulf Coast at Corpus Christi to northern Mexico. The Port also has trading posts with Colombia, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and numerous countries in Eastern Europe, and Northern and Western Africa. In addition, media will hear about plans to deepen and widen the Port’s channels to accommodate greater tonnage due to an expected increase in traffic through the Panama Canal.