Posts Tagged ‘foreign direct investment’

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German FDI in the United States – Investor Confidence on the Rise

April 3, 2014

Amy Zecha is an International Investment Specialist with SelectUSA. Her portfolio covers Central and Eastern Europe, including Germany.

Image shows two businessmen meeting face to face. Are you an international investor based in Germany? Meet with SelectUSA representatives and U.S. states, cities, and counties to find new investment opportunities!

Are you an international investor based in Germany? Meet with SelectUSA representatives and U.S. states, cities, and counties to find new investment opportunities!

Ranking as the third largest investor in the United States, Germany plays an important role in the U.S. economy with more than 10 percent of all FDI in the country.  Of the $2.7 trillion in FDI stock recorded in 2012, Germany accounted for more than $272.2 billionSelectUSA has identified Germany as a key focus market and will lead multiple delegations of economic development organizations (EDOs) to Germany throughout the coming year, including groups to Hannover Messe in April, and Automechanika in September.

The German American Chamber of Commerce does an annual survey of German-owned subsidiaries in the United States called the German American Business Outlook. This report indicated there was a five-year high in investor confidence, with 98 percent of German firms in the United States expecting to see business growth in 2014. This level of confidence is reflected by the 31 percent of respondents planning the launch of new product lines and 75 percent anticipating making new hires for the coming year.

Survey respondents expressed some concerns about the lack of a skilled workforce in the United States, but still remained positive about the overall outlook in 2014. This upbeat outlook may be due in part to the various efforts by both the United States and Germany to address workforce issues, including the German Skills Initiative.

This collaborative effort between the German Embassy and the U.S. Department of Commerce focuses on bringing the German dual-track vocational training to the United States, concentrating on areas where high-skilled manufacturing clusters are located. The program matches German and American businesses with educational institutions to help create workforce training programs that will help produce workers with the specific skill sets demanded by the businesses of today – and tomorrow.

Register now for the Hannover Messe 2014 investment event

The commitment to workforce development and working with the German business community is demonstrated at all levels of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In November 2013, Secretary Penny Pritzker traveled to Munich, Germany to meet with German CEOs interested in establishing facilities (or expanding existing operations) in the United States. During her trip, she visited with business leaders from BMW, Frauenhofer, and iwis Motorsystems to learn more about their best practices for training and apprenticeship programs.

These kinds of relationships and exchanges on best practices will only enhance the attractiveness of the United States to international companies. As future workforce and training initiatives and partnerships come online, we expect to see growing interest in the U.S. market – not just from German companies, but others around the world.

Author’s Note: For potential investors interested in speaking directly to SelectUSA representatives and meet with U.S. states, cities, and counties, we will be hosting the USA Investment Center at Hannover Messe 2014. To schedule an appointment, please visit http://selectusa.tema.de/.

To learn more about SelectUSA and our global programs for both EDOs and international investors please visit www.selectUSA.gov or follow us on Twitter at @SelectUSA

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FDI Supporting the U.S. Economy

February 10, 2014

Felicia Pullam is the Director of Outreach for the SelectUSA Program.

We’re excited to announce the release of SelectUSA’s report on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the United States: Drivers of U.S. Economic Competitiveness

The paper takes a closer look at the impact of FDI on the U.S. economy. Included in the report is an analysis of the competitive advantages that make the United States an attractive destination for investors and trends in FDI by geography and industry sector.

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Foreign direct investment is a prime source of capital, job creation, innovation, and cross-border trade. FDI has continued to flourish in the United States because firms worldwide recognize the United States as an innovative and stable market executed in the world’s largest economy. The United States offers an unmatched opportunity for success due to its renowned educational institutions, growing industry clusters, first-class research and development centers, protection for intellectual property rights, an entrepreneurial environment, access to global markets, a predictable regulatory climate, and increasingly competitive cost factors.

Key takeaways include:

  • The United States is both the largest recipient and source of FDI in the world. FDI has long been an integral part of our economy. In 2012, the total stock of direct investment in the United States was $2.7 trillion and FDI inflows totaled $160.1 billion.
  • FDI creates jobs:  As of 2011, the most recent data available, majority-owned subsidiaries of multinational firms with U.S. operations employ more than 5.6 million workers and pay an average annual compensation of $77,600.
  • FDI contributes to U.S. innovation and helps drive exports:  These firms also spent more than $45 billion in research and development here and accounted for 20.5 percent of U.S. goods exported in 2011.
  • The five largest country sources of FDI in the United States are the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Canada, and France, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.  The latest estimates of FDI stock by ultimate beneficial owner reveal that Together, these economies account for nearly 61.5 percent of total FDI stock.  In addition, markets across Asia, Latin America, and Europe have substantially grown their FDI position in the United States in recent years.
  • The United States wins out in investment climate according to the June 2013 FDI Confidence Index, A.T. Kearney awarded the United States the top spot.  The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index ranks the United States among the top ten economies based on strengths in innovation, education, and overall size of economy.

Download the report here: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the United States: Drivers of U.S. Economic Competitiveness.

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America is Open for Investment

January 22, 2014

Vinai Thummalapally is the Executive Director of the SelectUSA Program. This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog. 

Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally is the Executive Director of the SelectUSA Program.

Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally is the Executive Director of the SelectUSA Program.

In 2011, President Obama launched SelectUSA, the first-ever U.S. government-wide initiative to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States, with the hopes that the Department of Commerce would help facilitate both foreign and domestic business relationships and make FDI a diplomatic and foreign policy priority.

We took an enormous step forward three months ago, when the Commerce Department hosted the first-ever SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC. The summit was such a success that it sold out, and more than 1,300 business and government leaders from nearly 60 countries and economic development organizations from 48 states, the District of Columbia and three territories gathered to learn about the advantages of doing business in the United States and to explore investment opportunities. Perhaps most importantly, the Summit helped match potential investors with economic development organizations to help revitalize American communities and create new job opportunities.

Thankfully, we can continue to build upon the success of the Summit, now that the budget deal has been approved.  The agreement will allow up to $7 million to expand and enhance the program, and we at the Commerce Department are pleased to have this extra support to bring more companies to our shores.

In fact, the U.S. has welcomed investment to our shores for centuries. Our market has provided long-term stability and unmatched returns for investors. Today, the United States is the largest recipient of FDI in the world, and in 2012 alone, more than $160 billion dollars of FDI flowed here. Total foreign stock and assets are measured not in billions, but in the trillions of dollars. Clearly, FDI is an important contributor to our economy.

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But don’t take my word for it – SelectUSA has already helped bring jobs to the U.S. and foster many business relationships, both foreign and domestic.

For example, the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO) approached SelectUSA for assistance as they worked with Frulact, a Portugal-based producer of fruit-based ingredients for food. SelectUSA advised SIEDO on the issues that would be critical for the company to consider, while also connecting them directly with our team on the ground in Portugal. After utilizing our advice, SIEDO and Frulact announced plans in October for a state-of-the-art 200,000 square foot facility in Rupert, Idaho, that is expected to employ at least 100 people.

We’re hearing plenty more success stories like this, and the SelectUSA program has proven to be a great “bang for the buck.”

We’re excited to continue enhancing SelectUSA with more congressional funding, and the Department of Commerce is ready to do all it can to connect investors with communities…and to open all avenues to guarantee that American is Open for Business.

After all, as President Obama said in his keynote address at the summit a few months ago, “When you bet on America, that bet pays off.”

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The SelectUSA Mission Continues

November 15, 2013
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker reiterated her message that the United States is open for business.

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker reiterated her message that the United States is open for business.

Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally is the Director of SelectUSA.

It’s now been two weeks since the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit, and we’re still catching our breath. There was incredible turnout for this first-ever national event, which brought together investors, business leaders, and economic development organizations to attract investment in the United States.

More than 1,300 participants packed the conference hall, coming from 60 international markets and across the United States.  Tickets sold out because people from all over the world believe in the stability, potential, and promise of the American market.

Thank you to all who came, all who expressed interest, and all of the partners and colleagues who made this event a reality.

You can relive some of what happened here in Washington, D.C., through our archived videos, but it’s important to remember that it’s the follow-up and the everyday hard work that will carry forward the SelectUSA mission. As President Obama said in his remarks at the event, the Summit was the starting point to strengthen and expand the program to attract more investment to the United States.

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We hope that the Summit was also a starting point for the types of new connections, new opportunities and new ideas that keep our economy moving forward.  More than 650 private, one-on-one meetings were set up through our online matchmaking system, and hundreds more took place on the tradeshow floor.

Through these discussions, federal, state, and local government officials received direct feedback from business leaders and investors on how to better meet their needs. Delegations from 48 states, three U.S.  territories, and the District of Columbia showed investors the numerous advantages to doing business in the United States.

This is where we begin the next phase.

Those connections can lead to the business deals that bring more investment and more American jobs. Our team is following up on inquiries, comments, and possibilities. We know that the investors, along with the state and local economic development organizations, are doing the same.  As you work on your follow-up, SelectUSA can serve as your convenient, single point of contact all year round.

The team at SelectUSA, as well as our colleagues across the United States and at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide, look forward to taking our mission to the next level.  We hope to be in touch soon!

Thanks again for your interest. If you have questions, comments or you’d like to explore how we can assist you, please let us know.

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Investing in Our Economic Future: SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit

August 15, 2013

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Register now for the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit October 31 to November 1, 2013.

Registration for the Summit is now closed.

You don’t have to look far to find something in your life that is produced by an international company operating in the United States. It might be the dishwasher in your kitchen, the brake pads on your car, or the elevator in your apartment building.

You also won’t have to look far to find jobs supported by foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. There are more than five million of them throughout the country, covering every state in both rural and urban communities.

Those are five million reasons why FDI is an important ingredient in the recipe for continued economic growth in the United States.

President Obama has made it a priority to attract more FDI to the United States, helping support more jobs and economic growth. A key tool in his efforts is the upcoming SelectUSA Investment Summit.

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The Summit will connect global investors with U.S. leaders who are ready to showcase local investment projects. Economic development organizations from 15 states have already confirmed attendance at the event, offering myriad investment opportunities around the country.

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker also announced an impressive lineup of government and business leaders to share important lessons about the advantages of investing in the United States – advantages ranging from our educated workforce, our relatively low energy costs, and the long history of ingenuity, innovation, and entrepreneurship that is synonymous with the “Made in America” label.

Private Sector Speakers include:

  • Andrew Liviris, President, Chairman, and CEO, Dow Chemical
  • Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens
  • William (Bill) Simon, President and CEO, Walmart U.S.
  • Daniel Doctoroff, President and CEO, Bloomberg L.P.
  • Laurence Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock
  • Douglas Oberhelman, Chairman and CEO, Caterpillar, Inc.

U.S. Government Speakers include:

  • U.S Secretary of State Penny Pritzker
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
  • U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew
  • U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman

Keep up with additions to the SelectUSA Investment Summit’s lineup of speakers

The Summit will also include various informational breakout sessions, including the benefits of investing in the United States, opportunities for reshoring, business-related visa issues, and promoting and safeguarding innovation.

International and domestic businesses, global investors, economic development professionals, advisors and academics will all benefit from attending the Summit.

Pre-registration is now open for the nation’s premier investment event of 2013. The SelectUSA team is available to answer any questions you may have.

We hope to see you in October!

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Investments, Exports Create A Better Bargain for the United States

August 1, 2013

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Francisco J. Sánchez is the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.

President Obama wants to create “a national strategy to make sure that every single person who’s willing to work hard in this country has a chance to succeed in the 21st century economy.”

It’s a better bargain for the middle class.

At the International Trade Administration, we are proud that our mission is a key part this strategy. As President Obama pointed out in Chattanooga on Tuesday, foreign direct investment (FDI) and exports are key to supporting middle class jobs throughout the United States.

As we’ve noted previously, FDI in our country supports more than five million American jobs. The United States’ record-setting growth trend in exports supported nearly 10 million jobs nationwide in 2012.

The Obama Administration is hard at work to make sure that exports and investment grow – because their growth supports jobs at home. As part of the administration’s efforts,  I’m very excited that we are hosting  the upcoming SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit. As the President said earlier this week, this conference will connect business leaders from around the world with local leaders “who are ready to prove there’s no better place to do business than right here in the United States of America.”

Pre-registration for the Summit is open now, and I know it will be the premier event for domestic and international investors looking to do business here.

President Obama has laid out his strategy to support economic growth and American jobs through FDI and export promotion. We are ready to support it and take it to the next level.

You can learn more about the SelectUSA Summit at selectusasummit.com.

For businesses looking to begin exporting or expand their current export portfolio, please contact your nearest Export Assistance Center for assistance.

Now, let’s get to work.

You can read the president’s entire speech as prepared for delivery. An excerpt is below: 

Number four, we’ve got to export more. We want to send American goods all around the world. A year ago, I signed a new trade agreement with Korea, because they were selling a lot of Hyundais here, but we weren’t selling a lot of GM cars over there. Since we signed that deal, our Big Three automakers are selling 18 percent more cars in Korea than they were.

So now we’ve got to help more of our businesses do the same thing. I’m asking Congress for the authority to negotiate the best trade deals possible for our workers, and combine it with robust training and assistance measures to make sure our workers have the support and the skills they need for this new global competition. And we’re going to have to sharpen our competitive edge in the global job marketplace.

Two years ago, we created something called SelectUSA. This is a coordinated effort to attract foreign companies looking to invest and create jobs here in the United States.  And today I’m directing my Cabinet to expand these efforts. And this October, I’m going to bring business leaders from around the world, and I’m going to connect them to state leaders and local leaders like your mayor who are ready to prove there’s no better place to do business than right here in the United States of America.

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United States Returns as the Global Capital for Global Capital Investment

June 28, 2013

Aaron S. Brickman is the Acting Executive Director of SelectUSA.The SelectUSA Investment Summit will be held )ctober 31 to November 1, 2013 in Washington DC. Details are available at SelectUSA.gov

Global investors are “rediscovering” the United States.

This week the consulting firm A.T. Kearney published its annual Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index. The Index surveys top executives from more than 300 leading global companies – representing more than $2 trillion in annual global revenue – on where they are directing their investment strategies. For the first time since 2001, the United States ranked #1 on this list, retaking the top spot!

The Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA program has seen this trend coming through the work we conduct on a daily basis. Companies both large and small increasingly understand that the United States is the destination of choice for capital, and an unparalleled place to invest and do business.

Markets such as Brazil, Canada, China, and Europe will continue to receive significant cross-border investment. However, the survey suggests that the resurgence of investment in American manufacturing is not just a temporary trend but the new reality.

A.T. Kearney’s survey reflects SelectUSA’s core mission: to assist U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs) in their efforts to attract global investment, and to work with companies throughout the world seeking to establish or expand operations in the United States.

On October 31st and November 1st, SelectUSA will host its inaugural SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit in Washington, DC. The purpose of this unprecedented two-day event is to connect investors – both foreign and domestic – with U.S. EDOs at the state, regional, and local levels to help promote and facilitate business investment in the United States. The Summit will bring together top-level corporate executives and investors, EDO representatives from across the country, senior White House and Administration officials, industry experts and service providers.

The Summit is generating great interest in the business community, further bolstering what A.T. Kearney’s survey has told us:  the United States is open for business!

To pre-register for the SelectUSA Investment Summit, please go to www.selectusasummit.com.

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