This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog.
There has never been a better time to invest in the United States. With a resurgent economy and a strong economic foundation to support growth for years to come, it is no wonder the United States is the world’s top destination for businesses looking to expand.
Building on this, President Obama is hosting the second SelectUSA Investment Summit, which is right around the corner. On March 23-24, more than 2,500 people from around the world and every corner of the United States will gather in Washington to explore opportunities to grow their businesses. This is a “don’t miss” event, and we are excited to unveil the Summit agenda. We hope you will consider joining us.
More than 1,200 people from 70 international markets have already registered, and we anticipate that the event will be filled to capacity well in advance of the Summit.
Why is interest so strong? The United States offers an unprecedented investment climate for foreign investors of all sizes, a skilled and productive workforce, an unmatched higher education system, strong intellectual property protections, a serious commitment to innovation, and an abundant and stable energy supply.
The U.S. domestic market remains the world’s most attractive for foreign investment. Real GDP grew at a 5.0 percent annual rate in the third quarter of 2014, and businesses have added 11.2 million jobs during a record 58 straight months of private-sector job growth. U.S.-based companies offer access to millions of global consumers through high quality Free Trade Agreements. More than ever, the U.S. market is driving global competitiveness.
How can investors learn more about this unparalleled opportunity? Attend the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summitin Washington, D.C., March 23-24, of course.
The SelectUSA Investment Summit offers participants the practical tools, information, and connections they need to move investments forward. The trade show floor and online matchmaking will showcase diverse investment opportunities available throughout the United States.
Investors and economic developers will have the chance to learn about and discuss critical important investment topics through a variety of sessions featuring high-profile business leaders and government officials. Topics include:
- Innovation, R&D, intellectual property, and university partnerships
- Manufacturing, infrastructure, and agriculture investment in rural America
- Infrastructure and public-private partnerships
- Supply chains, including advanced manufacturing
- Tax policy and implications for foreign investors
- Project finance and incentives
- Workforce development
- The new energy economy
- Startups and opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses
- Foreign Trade Zones
- Capital markets and economic growth
- The U.S. immigration system
Additionally, first-time investors and economic development organizations can learn the basics of investing in the United States at the SelectUSA Academy. This pre-conference session will be held on Sunday, March 22, and attendees can register through the Summit website.
At the first SelectUSA Investment Summit in 2013, President Barack Obama sent a strong message to investors in the room and around the world: “We want to be your partner in helping to write the next chapter in our history. We want you to join the generations of immigrants and entrepreneurs and foreign investors who have discovered exactly what it means when we say we are the land of opportunity.”
About SelectUSA: Learn more about the Summit agenda and register at www.selectusasummit.com, and explore how SelectUSA can help you at www.selectusa.gov. SelectUSA is the U.S. government-wide program created to facilitate business investment in the United States. It helps investors find the information they need to make their investment decisions, navigate the federal regulatory system, and connect them to the right people at the local level.