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.