More cities and states are getting involved in export financing, particularly for smaller companies that can't get bank support. The U.S. Export-Import Bank has a pilot program with three cities and three states, aimed at locating small to midsize clients. Meanwhile, some 25 states have put export programs on the books in the past eight years, according to Ex-Im's William Browning. But, he adds, there's still more talk than action: only six states provide significant financing assistance. "It's easy to pass these programs, but it's also easy to cut them back at budget time."
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