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Spotlight on Brazil: Investment Ties Our Economies and Communities Together

July 1, 2015

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Vinai Thummalapally is the Executive Director of SelectUSA.

Graph showing the growth in Brazilian assets in the United States, from $29.2 billion in 2007 to $93.6 billion in 2012. Source: Brazil-US Investments Map by Apex-Brasil.

Graph showing the growth in Brazilian assets in the United States, from $29.2 billion in 2007 to $93.6 billion in 2012. Source: Brazil-US Investments Map by Apex-Brasil.

With Brazil President Dilma Rousseff visiting the United States this week, the U.S.-Brazil relationship is front and center on the national stage. Last week, I spoke at the launch of the Brazil-U.S. Investments Map [PDF], a new report highlighting Brazilian foreign direct investment in the United States. The report was produced by the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), the Brazil Industries Coalition, and the National Confederation of Industry of Brazil.

According to the report, the value of Brazilian majority-owned total assets in the United States grew by 221 percent between 2007 and 2012 to $93.6 billion (see graph). The value of U.S. majority-owned total assets in Brazil has also grown during the same period to $283 billion, and represents 53 percent of all U.S. majority-owned assets in South America. This growth in bilateral investment supports many jobs for U.S. and Brazilian workers. As of 2012, U.S. subsidiaries of Brazilian firms employ more than 76,100 workers in the United States according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

During the launch event’s panel discussion , I enjoyed hearing from Antonio Moreira, CEO of North American operations for the global IT company Stefanini. Headquartered in Sao Paulo, Stefanini has invested in seven U.S. states during the last 15 years and employs more than 2,000 associates in the United States. According to Moreira, the key to Stefanini’s success has been preserving the company’s culture and values while respecting each community’s local culture and way of doing business.

SelectUSA Executive Director Vinai Thummalapally (third from right) participates in a panel discussion hosted by CSIS Americas for the launch of a new report on U.S-Brazil bilateral investment flows.

SelectUSA Executive Director Vinai Thummalapally (third from right) participates in a panel discussion hosted by CSIS Americas for the launch of a new report on U.S-Brazil bilateral investment flows.

Knowledge-intensive industries such as IT services are critical to U.S.-Brazil bilateral investment—the aerospace sector is another great example. Brazil-based Embraer, the world’s third-largest aircraft manufacturer, has facilities in four U.S. states and a large number of local parts and equipment suppliers in the United States. This highly innovative sector represents a tremendous opportunity for investors, and I hope to see a strong delegation of Brazilian companies at the National Aerospace FDI Exposition in Los Angeles, on October 26-28, 2015.

Across all industries, the U.S. Commercial Service is working closely with local associations in Brazil through the SelectUSA program to support cross-border projects by Brazilian companies looking to start or expand operations in the U.S. market. Here at home, our team of investment experts can help U.S. states, cities, and regions attract Brazilian investors to their communities.

Both international companies and U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs) can take advantage of SelectUSA’s free services to get market-specific information and counseling. I invite all U.S. EDOs to consider signing up for our SelectUSA Road Show to Brazil on December 1-4, 2015, where they will meet directly with investors in three cities. Stay tuned for a webinar in mid-July with more details, and you can contact Investment Specialist Andre Leal with any questions in the meantime.

The future is bright for the U.S.-Brazil economic relationship, and I look forward to welcoming many more Brazilian companies to our communities in the years to come.

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SelectUSA Greater China Roadshow Connects U.S. Economic Development Officials With Hundreds of Potential Investors

June 4, 2015

Tim Truman is the supervisory public affairs specialist in the International Trade Administration’s Office of Public Affairs.

Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Arun Kumar (center) joined representatives from 24 U.S. economic development organizations and their partners for the SelectUSA Greater China Roadshow stop in Guangzhou.

Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Arun Kumar (center) joined representatives from 24 U.S. economic development organizations and their partners for the SelectUSA Greater China Roadshow stop in Guangzhou.

Economic development officials from 11 states and the District of Columbia just spent 12 days visiting nine cities throughout greater China recruiting potential partners and investors to complete important projects in their local areas. The SelectUSA Greater China Roadshow wrapped on May 29 in Shenyang after 470 meetings and matchmaking sessions between U.S. and Chinese officials and business leaders.

“I’m very pleased that our national effort to attract foreign investment into the United States is creating jobs and strengthening state and local economies across the nation,” said U.S. Consul General from Shenyang Scott Weinhold. “The United States welcomes investments from our Chinese colleagues and we look forward to continuing to work together to ensure a brighter future.”

China is among the fastest-growing sources of investment in the United States, with a compound annual growth rate (2009-2013) exceeding 41.5 percent. This Roadshow event followed closely on the heels of the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit in March, where the Chinese delegation was the largest international group for a second consecutive summit.

This was the second time the U.S. Commercial Service and SelectUSA hosted U.S. economic development organizations and their partners seeking investors in China. In 2014, the inaugural SelectUSA Pearl River Delta Roadshow made stops in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shunde, and Guangzhou. This year’s event launched in Hong Kong, and featured stops in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Dalian, Anshan, and Shenyang.

“The SelectUSA China Roadshow provided the unique opportunity to make business connections with companies in areas of China where our state hasn’t previously spent extensive time,” said South Carolina Deputy Secretary of Commerce Jennifer Noel. “As a result of the well-organized, meaningful program, our team was able to continue to introduce and promote South Carolina in the global marketplace.”

“This is the second time we have participated in the SelectUSA Greater China Roadshow,” said Enterprise Florida China Office Director Emma Yeung. “We are very excited that this year’s program expanded to include more cities, bringing us close to different investors across the country. We very much look forward to the next one!”

“I expected to meet investors interested in California and indeed I did, but I did not expect to meet so many interesting, experienced and savvy delegates,” said Ken Petrilla, executive director of the California-China Office of Trade and Investment. “This was an added bonus.”

The United States is home to more direct investment than any other country in the world, with a total stock of $2.8 trillion, and has been ranked No. 1 in the A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index for a third straight year in 2015.

For more information about SelectUSA, visit www.selectusa.gov.

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International Company ABB Invests in Michigan

May 22, 2015

This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog.

Post by Bruce H. Andrews

Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews and ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer at the Michigan ribbon cutting

Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews and ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer at the Michigan ribbon cutting

I was thrilled to be in Southeastern Michigan earlier this week to participate in the grand opening of ABB’s first North American manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills.

As global leader in power and automation technologies, ABB’s investment in Michigan demonstrates their commitment to the U.S. market and is a strong signal that America has the most attractive investment climate in the world.

At the event, I was joined by ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer, U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein Suzi LeVine, Swiss Ambassador to the U.S. Martin Dahinden, and SelectUSA Executive Director Vinai Thummalapally.

Our SelectUSA initiative is one way the Department of Commerce is helping international businesses like ABB enter the U.S. market. SelectUSA ensures investors can access the information and resources they need to make smart decisions and navigate federal regulations.

Ambassador LeVine and our SelectUSA team were able to provide actionable information and counseling to ABB that proved useful in their deliberations about their robotics manufacturing operations.

This week’s announcement is a huge win for the city of Auburn Hills, Oakland County, and the entire state of Michigan. ABB currently employs hundreds of workers in the area and expects to see their workforce double through the expansion of the plant, which will manufacture robots and related equipment.

Indeed, when international firms like ABB locate operations in the United States, our workers benefit. As of 2012, international companies employed 5.8 million Americans, and their employees earned higher wages than workers in the economy as a whole.

And when businesses expand their presence here, our communities gain a competitive advantage in an increasingly interconnected global economy. These companies rely on local U.S. suppliers for the goods and services needed to thrive, integrating our cities and towns into robust global supply chains.

That’s why we are committed to bringing even more international investments to our shores, including through SelectUSA, support for expanding our manufacturing sector, and our push for new trade agreements, which will transform U.S. competitiveness by placing the United States at the center of a free trade zone covering two-thirds of global GDP.

The American economic resurgence is real: the private sector has grown for 62 straight months, extending the longest streak on record, with 12.3 million American jobs added during that period. And, as further evidenced by ABB’s announcement, manufacturing is returning from overseas and we have added 900,000 new manufacturing jobs over the last five years.

ABB’s decision to manufacture here was based in their confidence in the quality of American workers, American innovation, and American manufacturing.

The fact is, there is no better time to invest in the United States.

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SelectUSA Greater China Roadshow Promotes Foreign Direct Investment Opportunities in the USA

May 21, 2015

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Arun Kumar is the International Trade Administration’s Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service.

SelectUSA logoI have to say that 2015 has been a big year for the International Trade Administration’s SelectUSA team — and it’s only getting better!

The SelectUSA initiative was developed in 2011 to attract more foreign direct investment (FDI) into the United States, resulting in a stronger economy and new jobs across the nation. Through 2014, SelectUSA has helped generate more than $20 billion of investments in the United States.  In 2014, 5.8 million people in the United States were employed by U.S. subsidiaries of foreign firms.

It seems like just yesterday that more than 2,600 senior U.S. officials, international investors, economic development organizations (EDOs), local elected officials, and academics gathered at the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit just outside Washington, D.C., in March, to explore and advance investment opportunities across the United States.

On the heels of that very successful event, I am delighted to participate in the SelectUSA Greater China Roadshow, May 18-29. We have great programs scheduled in nine cities, starting in Hong Kong and continuing to Shenzhen, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Dalian, Anshan, and Shenyang.

China is among the fastest-growing sources of investment in the United States, with a compound annual growth rate (2009-2013) exceeding 41.5 percent. China also brought the largest private-sector delegation to the SelectUSA Summit in March. Clearly, there is a great deal of interest in exploring investment opportunities in the United States among our Chinese colleagues.

On May 22, I will join officials from the 24 U.S. EDOs and their partners, as well as potential Chinese investors, in Guangzhou – ranked the No. 1 city for business by Forbes China. Representatives from 11 states and the District of Columbia will present their investment projects to leading Chinese investors.

Here’s the impressive list of participating EDOs:

  1. Brooks City Base – San Antonio, Texas
  2. California-China Office of Trade and Investment – San Francisco, Calif.
  3. City of Canton – Canton, Ohio
  4. Columbus 2020 – Columbus, Ohio
  5. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Center for Direct Investment – Harrisburg, Pa.
  6. District of Columbia Center China – Washington, D.C.
  7. Empire State Development Corporation – Buffalo, N.Y.
  8. Enterprise Florida – Tallahassee, Fla.
  9. Great Lakes Regional Center, LLC – Chicago, Ill.
  10. Greater Washington China Investment Center – Washington, D.C.
  11. Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity – Chicago, Ill.
  12. Ironwood Global Advisors – Columbia, S.C.
  13. Jobs Ohio – Columbus, Ohio
  14. Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation – Los Angeles, Calif.
  15. Mayor’s Association of Portage, Stark, and Summit Counties – Akron, Ohio
  16. Michigan Economic Development Corporation – Lansing, Mich.
  17. Missouri Department of Economic Development – Jefferson City, Mo.
  18. Morton Economic Development Council – Morton, Ill.
  19. Team Northeast Ohio – Cleveland, Ohio
  20. South Carolina Department of Commerce – Columbia, S.C.
  21. Texas International Business Accelerator – San Antonio, Texas
  22. Union Station Technology Center – South Bend, Ind.
  23. Village of Reminderville – Reminderville, Ohio
  24. Virginia Economic Development Partnership – Richmond, Va.

This year’s event builds on the tremendously successful roadshow that highlighted opportunities within China’s Pearl River Delta region last year. Our aggressive itinerary offers participants an unprecedented opportunity to meet with hundreds of potential investors.

The potential investors understand that the United States has a great deal to offer. Last year, FDI into the United States totaled $92 billion, based on preliminary estimates by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Our nation continues to host more FDI than any other country in the world, with a total stock of $2.8 trillion. We were just ranked No. 1 in the A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index for a third straight year in 2015.

The United States is the land of opportunity, and I know the SelectUSA roadshow is presenting an entirely new view of that opportunity to our friends throughout China.

Representatives from 24 U.S. economic development organizations and their partners participate in the SelectUSA Greater China Roadshow, visiting nine cities in China to promote investment opportunities throughout the United States.

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The Innovative and Useful U.S. Cluster Mapping Tool (Video)

March 25, 2015

This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog.

When you think of business and investment opportunities in the United States, where’s the best place to start?  America is made up of 50 states plus territories and each location has its own unique economic profile. The U.S. Cluster Mapping Tool, a combined effort of the Harvard Business School and the U.S. Economic Development Administration, is THE starting place for anyone looking to expand their business in the U.S. The free, online Cluster Mapping tool uses more than 50 million data records to help you identify industry regional clusters and make informed investment decisions.

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2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit Off to a Roaring Start

March 24, 2015

This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog.

Guest blog post by Vinai Thummalapally, Executive Director of SelectUSA

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker greets President Barack Obama at the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker greets President Barack Obama at the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit.

With more than 2,600 people from more than 70 markets, and economic development organizations from all corners of the United States, the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit has record attendance. In fact, it is more than twice as large as the inaugural 2013 event and reflects growing global interest in the United States as a place to launch and expand operations, invest in research and development, and create jobs.

Day One of the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit just concluded and what an exciting day it was. We were honored to have President Obama speak and announce some new initiatives to make investing and expanding within the United States even easier.

He announced that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will increase clarity around the adjudication of the L-1B non-immigrant visa that allows international companies to temporarily deploy workers with specialized knowledge to the United States when launching or conducting operations here. This long-anticipated policy guidance is of particular interest to global companies participating in today’s SelectUSA Investment Summit.

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker will establish the first-ever federal advisory committee to solicit formal input on the development and implementation of strategies and programs to attract and retain foreign direct investment in the United States.

Finally, SelectUSA will continue to improve investment tools, enhance trainings for investors, and expand partnerships with state economic development organizations. A new partnership platform will improve state-federal coordination, inform SelectUSA services and programs, and promote high standards in investment-promotion activities across the country.

Secretary Pritzker opened the conference laying out all the reasons why the United States is the number one place to invest. She highlighted that companies choose to invest here because of our rising job market; the strong rule of law and intellectual property protections; our world-class universities and our global leadership in R&D; our stable financial markets and our vibrant supply chains; and our abundant and affordable energy supply. I heard businesses today share that they invested in the United States because of our low tariff rates and the low barriers to entry to our communities. Investors also choose the United States because of the talent and ingenuity of our people.

We also heard from Jeff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council, and a phenomenal panel of executives, discussing the resurging U.S. economy. It is clear that this is the right time to invest in the United States.

We also heard about the world-leading opportunities for innovation. We learned more about why international companies spend 48 billion dollars a year on U.S. research and development.

Breakout sessions featured impressive speakers like Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, Mike McNamara of Flextronics, and many others, discussed supply chains and advanced manufacturing; tax policy; success for small businesses; resources for start-ups; opportunities to innovate together with American universities; and the new energy economy. Secretary Tom Vilsack and Governor Susana Martinez spoke about the incredible opportunity in investing in rural America.

The topics we covered today are exceptionally diverse, and there’s a reason for that. The United States, with its 50 states and territories, is full of diversity. It’s one of our greatest strengths.

Regardless of your size or home country, you can find the market, the people, and the place that you need to be successful here in the United States. SelectUSA is ready to be your partner as you search.

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Innovation and Software are the Reasons to Select the USA

March 23, 2015

This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog.

Guest blog post by Eric A. Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens USA

Eric A. Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens, USA

Eric A. Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens, USA

Today, as part of the Select USA Investment Summit, I had the honor of joining an impressive group of business leaders, international investors and experts for an in-depth conversation about how innovation and R&D is helping to fuel private sector investment, and why the United States is poised for tremendous growth.

I’d like to applaud U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker for bringing together more than 2,500 participants representing 60 countries, drawing international attention to the U.S. as a premier country to invest in at such an optimal time.  International companies representing countries from around the globe, such as Germany, contribute largely to Federal Direct Investment (FDI) and find the U.S. an attractive place to invest.  And Siemens does too.

To give you a little bit of background, Siemens is one of the world’s oldest and biggest companies.  Having been in the U.S. for over 150 years, we currently employ nearly 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  We have more than 70 manufacturing sites in the U.S. and invest more than $1 billion annually in R&D here.

The U.S. has become an innovation engine for Siemens.  It is not only our largest market, but is also an extremely vital production location, one of our most important research centers and a key base from which we export to the rest of the world.  Siemens has invested over $35 billion in America over the past decade, including over $10 billion in the past year alone.

So why invest in the U.S.?  As a global company, when we are looking for a new location to invest or to manufacture, we consider many factors and there are several which are unique to the U.S. market, giving it a leg up on the competition.

  • Strong ecosystem for innovation and R&D
  • World-class colleges and universities
  • Leadership in software and the digital economy

It’s clear that the primary trait that sets the U.S. apart as a unique and unrivaled place to invest is an undeniable spirit of innovation. The U.S. has an environment of innovation, collaboration and talent that is unmatched anywhere in the world.

Siemens is tapping into this innovation in many ways, including through our venture capital arm that has invested in more than 170 companies and 40 VC funds across industries—all with an eye towards seeding innovation that can transform manufacturing and industry.

The type of manufacturing where the U.S. is truly advantaged is advanced manufacturing.  This type of manufacturing plays to unique U.S. strengths – namely, innovation.

Nobody has better colleges and universities, national labs and access to leading innovators, and being in America enables manufacturers to be close to leading markets, with well-trained workers, leading R&D, a strong but aging infrastructure and government policies that encourage investment.  In addition, the U.S. now has access to some of the lowest cost energy and electricity in the world.  All of this makes it possible to build high-end products in America as cost-competitively as anywhere else.

And that’s not even mentioning America’s biggest advantage, which is software.  Software is taking over bigger and bigger chunks of the economy.  After all, the world’s largest bookseller today – Amazon – is a software company.  The world’s largest video service by number of subscribers – Netflix – is a software company. The world’s largest music companies – from Apple to Pandora to Spotify – are software companies.

Just think of all the things we used to do in person that we now do online. Banking. Shopping. Studying. Movies. Books. Television. Travel. The list goes on.

Software is the heart of the digital economy.  What we are living through right now is a software revolution that is collapsing the boundaries between the real and online worlds – turning the global economy into a virtual economy.

This intersection of information and industry has the potential to add $10-15 trillion to global GDP over the next two decades while revolutionizing how we live.  And as the long-time leader in software development, the U.S. has a competitive advantage.  This increasingly digital world offers a tremendous opportunity and it’s clear that the U.S. will lead the way.

However, in order to capture this moment of opportunity and drive innovation even faster here in the U.S., we need to:

  • Continue to develop a skilled workforce for this increasingly digital economy
  • Revitalize our aging infrastructure
  • Reduce trade barriers through international agreements like Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Now is the time for the U.S. to seize this moment of incredible potential.

The real opportunity here isn’t just the next IPO, or the development of the next buzzworthy app.  The real opportunity is harnessing the intrinsic power of data to design, build and maintain the industrial technology that drives our daily lives.  To make real things.  Things that “think” and adapt to changing circumstances in real time; things that change how our cities are powered, how our industries manufacture, how our trains travel, how our surgeons operate; things that make our lives better in countless different ways.

As this data is analyzed and reveals trends and insights that have never been available to us before, it’s clear that there will be a profound impact on the economy.  You can call it a data revolution.  You can call it a digital revolution.  But here’s what it really is: asoftware revolution.  And with the U.S. generating 70 percent of software for industry, for Siemens – in this sector as in so many others – all roads lead to America.

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