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Building on Success: North Carolina Opens New FDI Office in India

May 22, 2019

Christopher Chung is the Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.

When you stop by North Carolina’s Booth 525 at this year’s SelectUSA Investment Summit, you’ll see a new face that expresses our strong commitment to attracting more India-based companies to a state that has been focusing for the past five years on winning Indian investment.

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) recently opened the state’s first foreign direct investment (FDI) office based in India ― dedicated to increasing FDI into North Carolina from one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Infosys President Ravi Kumar announce in July 2017 that the technology consulting company would be establishing a 2,000-job hub in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina.

Our newest FDI representative ― Rahul Padmanabha ― is based in Bangalore. You can meet him at our booth, as well as representatives traveling to the SelectUSA Investment Summit from all the state’s other overseas FDI offices located in Europe, China, South Korea and Japan.

North Carolina, which opened the Bangalore office late last year, is paying attention to India because its executives certainly have been paying attention to us. According to the Moody Analytics company Bureau van Dijk, from 2014 through 2018:

  • Indian companies announced more than $409 million in capital investment and 4,400 new jobs in North Carolina.
  • North Carolina ranked No. 1 among all states for the number of announced jobs connected to Indian FDI.
  • North Carolina was No. 2 in the Southeast U.S. and No. 3 nationwide for the total capital investment announced by Indian companies.

That’s substantial growth in Indian companies choosing our state. And there’s opportunity to attract more of the same because North Carolina is a national leader in industry sectors that closely align with Indian interests ― including IT, pharmaceuticals, textiles, food processing, automotive and aviation.

In the big area of IT consulting, for example, our central East Coast location and tech talent appeal to global companies that want to nearshore facilities closer to their existing U.S. customers. Another big draw? North Carolina’s business-friendly costs and tax climate – including the lowest corporate income tax rate in the United States at 2.5 percent.

Announcements by India-based companies in recent years have made big headlines in North Carolina, such as information technology giant Infosys choosing Raleigh in 2017 for a 2,000-job innovation and technology hub. Others include IT services company HCL Technologies’ 1,237-job expansion in CaryAurobindo Pharma’s 275-job research and development headquarters in Durham; and technology services firm Zensar’s new customer delivery center, which is expected to create up to 200 new jobs in Durham.

There’s also Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, which announced its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Monroe outside Charlotte in 2014. The $100 million facility currently employs nearly 170 people.

While urban areas have attracted most of North Carolina’s India-source investment, several projects have been announced in our rural communities. For example, AR Textiles, part of the India-based Sunflag group of companies, has a factory in Martin County.  Mumbai-based Mahindra Vehicle Sales and Service chose Henderson County for its North American office headquarters.

As SelectUSA’s former lead for India, Rahul brings to his new North Carolina FDI role a deep understanding of what Indian companies need to succeed in the United States. Visit Booth 525 to find out how North Carolina can meet those needs, or email me directly at cchung@edpnc.com. I’ll be at the SelectUSA Investment Summit as well, and looking forward to connecting.

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USA Spends Seven Years Atop Key Business Index

May 7, 2019

Brian Lenihan is the Executive Director of SelectUSA in the International Trade Adminsitration

Some say that a person needs to hear a fact seven times before they will remember it. It’s called the Rule of 7. Whether it’s fact or fiction, I can’t be the judge. But in my time working at the International Trade Administration, I have come up with a Rule of 7 on my own: If global CEOs agree on something for seven years, everyone should commit it to memory.Graphic

The fact at hand is this: The United States is the best place in the world for global businesses to invest and grow.

That’s what global CEOs have said in A.T. Kearney’s annual FDI Confidence Index. For seven consecutive years, business leaders that are growing their companies around the world have said there is no better place to invest than here in the United States.

In honor of seven years earning the top spot as a business investment destination, here are seven reasons the United States is the best place to do business:

1. Sustained Economic Growth: The United States economy has grown at a greater than 2 percent clip for eight consecutive quarters, including a 3.2 percent growth rate in Q1 2019 that beat market expectations.
2. Powerful Consumer Market: Businesses operating in the United States have direct access to the world’s largest consumer market, as ranked by the World Bank.
3. A Fair Corporate Tax Rate: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act decreased the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, meaning businesses can invest more of their revenues back into their operations.
4. A Simpler Regulatory Environment: The Administration has focused on removing redundant regulations that presented an unnecessary hurdle to doing business.
5. Intellectual Property Protections: Companies and entrepreneurs can innovate in the United States without worry that their intellectual property will be compromised.
6. World-class Productivity: The U.S. workforce is more than 37 percent more productive than the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development average.
7. An Environment for Entrepreneurship: The U.S. legal system provides predictability and freedom from corruption that allows businesses and entrepreneurs to invest with confidence, as reflected by the United States’ number 1 ranking in the Global Entrepreneurship Index.

Thousands of foreign-owned businesses have used these reasons to grow in the United States, and their impact is significant: FDI supports nearly 14 million U.S. jobs.

If you are looking to enter or expand into the U.S. market, the SelectUSA Investment Summit is a must-attend event. The latest FDI Confidence Index underscores the fact that the United States is open for business; the Investment Summit will show how your business can take advantage of the opportunities offered in the world’s largest and most attractive market. I hope you’ll join us this summer.

For more information about the SelectUSA Investment Summit, please visit selectusasummit.us.

 

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Teaming Up for Tech at the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit

April 30, 2019

David Steel is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Samsung Electronics America, which is an official sponsor of the SelectUSA Investment Summit.

Samsung marked its 40th year in the United States in 2018, an investment that has been nothing short of essential to our company’s success. Not only was it an accomplishment worth celebrating, but it was also the perfect time to reflect on the importance of the U.S. market and the strong ties we have forged with American industry and consumers over the course of four decades.

Since 1978, Samsung’s U.S. family has grown to 20,000 employees across 46 states. Whether investing in manufacturing facilities in South Carolina, cuttingedge startups in California,or expanding our massive semiconductor operation in Texas, Samsung also realizes that in order to tap the true potential of the U.S. market, we must continue to engage on the ground.

That’s why Samsung is excited to be involved in the inaugural SelectUSA Tech program at the SelectUSA Investment Summit, an initiative that aligns with our vision for high-tech manufacturing to propel the U.S. economy and provide high-quality careers for decades to come. The SelectUSA Techprogram connects our global firm with both American consumers and the innovators working to shape the trends and develop the technology that will spur global demand for our products.

To date, Samsung has invested billions of dollars in the U.S. through advanced manufacturing, R&D, and emerging technologies:

  • Over the last 23 years, Samsung has invested $17 billion in manufacturing and R&D at Samsung Austin Semiconductor (SAS) – one of the largest-ever foreign direct investments in the United States.
  • In 2017, Samsung announced a $380 million investment in a new, state-of-the-art home appliance manufacturing facility in Newberry County, SC.
  • Samsung has invested more than $6.6 billion in U.S.-based companies and start-ups across 30 industry sectors, including IoT, AI, VR/AR, smart machines, digital health, security, cloud, and more.

At the center of Samsung’s investment opportunities is thevision for a connected world and the importance of selecting America as a partner to make this happen–recognizing our cultural ties founded upon partnership and innovation. For instance, the growing need to fill STEM-related jobs with qualified professionals pushes us to constantly invest inprograms that will train and inspire the next generation of tech talent and industry leadership. We constantly work to provide the essential tools and access to our technology to encourage, inspire, and support the people and communities we serve.

Our commitment to investment and growth in the U.S. is stronger than ever. Through partnerships with programs like SelectUSA, we are eager to continue doing our part to drive technology leadership and economic growth in the United States, further strengthening the thriving tech industry.

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Mentoring International Success: A Mid-Size Midwestern Municipality’s Mission

February 27, 2019

Kevin D. Malecek is the Director of Economic Development and International Trade for the City of Mentor, Ohio

This post is part of SelectUSA’s EDO Spotlight series, highlighting the work of EDOs around the country recruiting foreign direct investment, how that work supports jobs and economic growth across the United States, and how SelectUSA partners with EDOs to support economic development.

Mentor, Ohio Means Business logoRecognizing the unique approach of a smaller municipality to engage in global trade and investment conversation, the City of Mentor has successfully conducted several trade-oriented seminars to inform area companies on the benefits of overseas business opportunities, pursued potential partners interested in FDI through annual trade missions to Germany and the United Kingdom, and marketed incentive programs essential to the success of those that would examine opportunities in Mentor. City officials regularly converse with companies, organizations, chambers of commerce, and overseas governments to explore mutually beneficial partnerships.

In particular, the conversations and visits to the United Kingdom resulted in the negotiation and signing of a partnership memorandum with Medilink Midlands, a trade organization supporting more than 300 life sciences companies in the Midlands region of the UK. The Midlands region shares many similarities with Northeast Ohio: the development of a strong life sciences cluster among them, with companies in Mentor like STERIS and SourceOne and medical facilities nearby like the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and LakeHealth.

The growing “special relationship” between Mentor and Medilink Midlands brought an inbound delegation of Medilink members and their Chairman, Keith Widdowson, to Mentor in October where potential FDI projects were considered. The City of Mentor arranged presentations by the Cleveland Clinic, STERIS, and other essential regional partners to tout the benefits of doing business in Mentor.  As a component of the ongoing relationship, a delegation from Mentor will return to the UK to Medilink’s Med-Tech Expo in May to advance discussions and negotiations. City officials continue to converse with local partners to find linkages with Medilink’s members and encourage local businesses to accompany the City on its trade mission so those companies can find new markets in the UK.

In Mentor’s case, it shows that the population size does not matter – with the right approach, personnel, resources, and initiative, a mid-sized municipality in the Midwest with a mighty economic engine can pursue FDI opportunities anywhere.

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Faribault: The Most Global Small City in Minnesota

December 19, 2018

Elise Buchen, Deanna Kuennen, Samantha Markman, and Laurence Reszetar promote the State of Minnesota to international business investors at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Trade Office.

This post is part of SelectUSA’s EDO Spotlight series, highlighting the work of EDOs around the country recruiting foreign direct investment, how that work supports jobs and economic growth across the United States, and how SelectUSA partners with EDOs to support economic development.

Standing on Park Avenue in Faribault, Minnesota is just like standing on Park Avenue in New York: everywhere you turn you see successful global businesses.

If you face east, you see the U.S. headquarters of a multi-generational Mexico-based company. Turn west, and you see the U.S. headquarters of a world-leading, high-tech French company. Look slightly northwest and there is a large warehouse teeming with traffic, which is owned by a German company. Just up Park Avenue, a large Japanese firm is building a state-of-the-art facility.Faribault Banner Picture

Faribault is just like New York City… if New York City had a population of 24,000, was located an hour south of Minneapolis, and had a median house price of $182,400.

In truth, Faribault might be the most global small city in Minnesota, if not the world. Its motto is Small Town Pride, Big City Opportunity, and it has the data to back both of those up. Faribault proudly features the following countries and businesses:

  • The global headquarters of Sage Electrochromic Glass, a division of Saint-Gobain (France), is located in Faribault. Sage manufactures specialized glass that remains transparent even as it uses electrochromic technology to block out the solar radiation. Glass is expensive and difficult to ship, so you know it must be the high-quality if it’s being manufactured in Faribault and shipped around the world, from Dubai to Dallas.
  • Faribault Foods, owned by La Costeña (Mexico), just completed its $150 million dollar investment in a first-of-its-kind, vertically-integrated food manufacturing plant in Faribault. When La Costeña made the decision to expand its facility, the opportunities in Faribault caught the company’s attention.
  • Daikin Applied (Japan) just announced its $40 million expansion to build some of the most energy-efficient cooling HVAC units in the U.S. At the heart of the expansion was an unprecedented effort where the county, city, and local economic development authority jointly conducted hearings where the permits and incentives for the project were approved simultaneously by all three bodies. This gave the green light for the company to convert a vacant 300,000 square foot warehouse to a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
  • A German-owned powerhouse in food distribution located on the banks of Interstate 35, Aldi Distribution provides a high-class warehouse and distribution facility for the multinational Aldi food stores. This was one of the first Aldi Distribution facilities in Minnesota. The company recently completed a 60,000 square foot expansion, further proving that Faribault can support the growth and expansion of global industries.

Faribault’s small town pride shows in that nearly 1,350 Faribaultians work for these foreign-owned enterprises. They have titles like mechanical and quality engineers, production control analysts, and manufacturing services liaisons. It’s because of their commitment and the leadership of these global corporations that Faribault’s Small Town Pride creates Big City Opportunities that meet the world’s demands and continue to grow the world’s economy.

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Facilitating Business Investment to Deliver for the American Economy

November 1, 2018

Wilbur Ross is the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Today, registration is open for the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit, and I am looking forward to another successful event connecting global business investors with growth opportunities in the United States. Next year’s Investment Summit will take place from June 10-12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Hilton.

Throughout its existence, the Investment Summit has been a key contributor to advancing the Department of Commerce’s mission to support U.S. economic growth and create opportunities for hardworking Americans. Past Investment Summit participants have announced $98 billion in new investment projects which have been responsible for creating more than 150,000 American jobs.

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The 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit attracted more than 3,000 participants, including more than 1,000 business representatives from 66 markets.

Those participants include companies like Formosa Plastics, which attended the Investment Summit to find economic development connections in the United States before ultimately announcing a $9.4 billion investment in Louisiana. Grupo Bocar, a tier one automotive parts supplier, attended before deciding to invest $115 million in a facility in Alabama that will support 300 American jobs.

The SelectUSA Investment Summit is where business potential meets business opportunity. Our global Commerce Department team recruits and engages with businesses from around the world that have the desire to invest and the ability to succeed in the United States. Economic development organizations (EDO) representing states and cities from around the country come to the Summit to showcase everything that makes the United States the world’s top destination for business investment.

From decades of experience in the private sector, I’ve come to learn that you need the right people in the room to get deals done. The Investment Summit fosters and provides that environment.

I invite any business that is looking to grow on a global scale to join me at the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit. I believe that the time you spend with our team, making connections at networking sessions, talking about opportunities in our matchmaking area, and learning about business trends in our Summit Academy, will pay dividends for years to come.

 

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More Than Four Trillion Dollars: FDI in the USA in 2017

August 2, 2018

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By Elizabeth Schaefer, Director of Investment Research, SelectUSAInfographic listing Top Sources of FDI in the USA according to BEA

Following the flurry of activity from the SelectUSA Investment Summit, it is always a welcome change of pace to take some time in the heat of Summer to reflect on the state of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. As SelectUSA’s resident economist, taking stock of how things have changed isn’t just figurative; it is quite literal.

So, I was excited to see that the United States had reached a record total of $4 trillion in FDI stock, according to 2017 FDI Inward Stock data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

Foreign direct investment, as defined by BEA, generally captures a long-term relationship with the management of a foreign enterprise which is usually linked with the real output of the country in which it operates.

This updated data, measured by ultimate beneficial owner (meaning that there is a majority foreign-owned entity atop its U.S. affiliate’s ownership chain), provides a picture of which economies are the largest and fastest growing investors in the United States. The $4 trillion mark is an exciting and new record. But in 2017 alone, the flow of FDI into the United States was $277.3 billion.

It is important to note that these annual flows can be volatile, rising one year and falling the next depending on a wide array of global factors. Indeed, in 2017, the annual FDI flow dropped 41 percent from 2016. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, 2017 was a year of decreased FDI flows around the world, so a decrease in the United States fits the global business pattern. Despite the decrease, the United States still maintains the title of the world’s top FDI destination.

Map showing global sources of FDI in the United StatesThe latest available data also shows continued, strong investment relationships with markets like the United Kingdom ($614.9 billion total stock), Canada ($523.8 billion), Japan ($476.9 billion) and Germany ($405.6 billion). In fact, these top four sources combined account for more than half of all FDI in the United States. However, the top four fastest-growing sources—collectively accounting for less than three percent of the total stock—are Greece ($1 billion), Argentina ($4.6 billion), Thailand ($2.2 billion) and Singapore ($88.6 billion).

What’s Next?

BEA will release more FDI data November 8, including the number of jobs directly supported, state and industry specifics, research and development spending, and more. Stay tuned for details on a SelectUSA webinar on the data later this year! Sign up for email updates and visit SelectUSA.gov for FDI fact sheets, interactive data tools, and more.

You can also follow our #FDIintheUSA campaign on Twitter!