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The United States Remains the Top Destination for Business Investment for the Ninth Consecutive Year

March 24, 2021

Diane Farrell is the Acting Under Secretary for International Trade

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Today, A.T. Kearney released its 2021 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index, ranking the United States as the top destination for foreign investors for the ninth year in a row. The United States continuing to be ranked first in the world is no small feat, and has been supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA program.

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Since its inception, SelectUSA has facilitated more than $84 billion in client-verified investment, supporting more than 106,000 U.S. jobs. Even during the global pandemic, companies across the world continue to target the United States as the launch pad for global growth, with the SelectUSA team supporting them through client services such as assistance navigating the federal regulatory environment, market research, and counseling.

Following a year of adjusting to our new reality in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, this news comes as no surprise, showcasing the United States’ ability to adapt and overcome unprecedented challenges. At SelectUSA, we are celebrating the retention of our #1 spot in the 2021 Confidence Index, as FDI creates jobs and contributes to economic development across the United States. The ranking in the Index is a direct reflection of the appeal of the U.S. economy and how that economy enables businesses of any size to access a massive consumer base, explore working within a culture that welcomes innovation, and employ a world-class, productive workforce.

When looking to invest, investors look for established markets that are safe and stable, possess strong infrastructure, strong governance, macroeconomic stability, and are known for their progress in technology and innovation. These are all attributes the U.S. market is proud to maintain. The United States offers unmatched diversity, a culture of innovation, and the world’s most productive workforce to companies of all sizes, from startups to multinationals, looking to grow and succeed in the U.S. market.

For foreign companies considering investing in the United States and for economic development teams looking to attract job-creating business investment, there is no better place to connect than the virtual 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit from June 7-11, 2021. This is the United States’ highest profile event dedicated to promoting FDI, and plays a key role in attracting and facilitating business investment and job creation by raising awareness about the wide range of investment opportunities in the United States and enabling vital direct connections between investors and U.S. economic development organizations.

The 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit was one of its largest, drawing more than 3,100 attendees to Washington, D.C. Several new announcements were made, including nearly $100 million in new investment projects and the release of SelectUSA’s case-study report on reshoring in the United States. In total, 1,200 business investors from a record 79 international markets joined economic developers from 49 states and territories. The Investment Summit has directly affected more than $48.4 billion in new investment projects supporting more than 45,000 U.S. jobs.

I hope you will join us this year to network, learn more about how to expand through investment, and see firsthand why the United States continues to remain top destination for business investment for the ninth year in a row.