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Modernizing America’s Infrastructure with Foreign Direct Investment

June 15, 2018

This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policyThis post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog.

Guest blog post by Brian Lenihan,  Acting Executive Director of SelectUSA

From expansive freeways and bridges to thriving seaports and airports, infrastructure is the backbone of the U.S. economy, fueling U.S. competitiveness by creating efficient supply chains, reliable energy information, as well as modern and secure transportation systems.

However, years of underinvestment in infrastructure have partially handicapped U.S. growth potential. As the United States now turns toward reinvesting in its infrastructure, there are countless business opportunities for domestic as well as international firms.

Photo of roadways in the United States.

The SelectUSA Investment Summit’s focus on infrastructure this year is demonstrative of the Trump Administration’s commitment to restoring the infrastructure of this country to its full potential, creating economic growth and American jobs in the process.

On Friday, June 22, April Palmerlee, CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, will lead a panel on rebuilding and modernizing America’s infrastructure at the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit. The panel will highlight President Trump’s “Building a Stronger America” initiative with a focus on regulatory reduction in the permitting process and creative financing, both key to addressing these needs through public-private partnerships as a source of funding at the state and federal levels.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau will also lead a session during the Investment Summit Academy on Wednesday, June 20. Roger Bohnert, Director of the Office of Outreach and Development, will explain how local and state-level economic development organizations can find support for infrastructure projects through the Department of Transportation.

The SelectUSA Investment Summit’s focus on infrastructure this year is demonstrative of the Trump Administration’s commitment to restoring the infrastructure of this country to its full potential, creating economic growth and American jobs in the process.

The 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit (June 20-22) is the highest-level foreign direct investment event in the United States. U.S. economic development organizations and international business investors will converge in Washington, D.C., to hear from industry experts and high-ranking government officials providing insight into several key areas of U.S. strength: workforce development, the burgeoning commercial space industry, and advanced manufacturing.

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SelectUSA’s $30 Billion Impact on the U.S. Economy

June 7, 2018

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This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog.

Guest blog post by Steven Meyers, Director of Outreach and Communications, SelectUSA 

SelectUSA graphic announcing more than $30 billion of greenfield investment into the United States since its inception.

This month, the SelectUSA team hit a major milestone, having now facilitated more than $30 billion in client-verified business investment projects.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States is a key contributor to U.S. economic growth, directly and indirectly supporting nearly 13 million American jobs. It contributes to U.S. exports, drives innovation, and – most importantly – sends hardworking Americans home with a paycheck.

Since 2007, the SelectUSA program has worked with thousands of clients – business investors, economic development organizations (EDOs), and other leaders – to support job-creating FDI in the United States. Just this month, the SelectUSA team hit a major milestone, having now facilitated more than $30 billion in client-verified business investment projects.

This is the culmination of years of working with clients, hosting global business events, and working closely with American EDOs.

This past year was especially strong, as the SelectUSA team:

  • Held the largest-ever SelectUSA Investment Summit, with more than 1,200 potential business investors and economic development representatives from 52 states and territories.
  • Brought 10 European medical technology startups to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Austin as part of its first inbound investment mission.
  • Hosted investment road shows in India and China that facilitated more than 300 meetings between EDOs and potential business investors.
  • Released its first-ever research reports, analyzing the positive effects of FDI on manufacturing and high-tech industries.
  • Led 20+ EDO delegations to some of the largest trade shows in the world, including Hannover Messe in Germany and BIO Korea.

We were also happy to share many FDI success stories on the International Trade Administration blog. Swiss additive manufacturing company Oerlikon decided to invest $62 million in Huntersville, North Carolina, after attending the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit. A.T. Kearney ranked the United States as the world’s top destination for business investment for the 5th year in a row. And Mahindra recently shared its reasons for investing in the United States, creating jobs in Michigan.

Our team at SelectUSA and our partners in the economic development community make this all possible. I thank them for their dedication and hard work.

You may not have heard of SelectUSA, and you may not regularly think about the impact of FDI, but millions of U.S. workers rely on FDI for their livelihood. We are proud to support that, and we look forward to working with more clients and helping to create U.S. jobs.

Learn more about the upcoming 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit, June 20-22, in Washington, D.C. at selectusasummit.us. Visit selectusa.gov for more information about our services, events, and more. You can also follow us on Twitter @SelectUSA.

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Thanks to Innovation and Investment, the U.S. Aerospace Industry is Boldly Going to New Frontiers

June 1, 2018

This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog.

Guest blog post by Brian Lenihan , Acting Executive Director of SelectUSA

Photo of satellite from space.

Photo of satellite from space.

On February 20, Vice President Mike Pence led the second meeting of the National Space Council at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Vice President Pence reiterated the Trump Administration’s dedication to making the United States the global leader in the burgeoning commercial space industry.

“It’s here today, in the 21st century, that the modern marvels that launch from these grounds will prove that the public and private sectors are achieving far more today than we ever have before,” Vice President Pence told the Council.

The Trump Administration is focused on maintaining U.S. leadership in space exploration and technology through public-private partnerships between the Federal government and international companies. By reviving the National Space Council in July, signing Space Policy Directive 1 in December, signing Space Policy Directive 2 in May, and authorizing an increase in NASA’s budget, President Trump is positioning the United States for a return to the Moon and a venture to Mars and beyond.

“As the President said, space is the ‘next great American frontier’ – and it is our duty – and our destiny – to settle that frontier with American leadership, courage, and values,” Vice President Pence said at the inaugural meeting of the National Space Council in October.

Settling that frontier will take human ingenuity and innovative technologies, both of which the United States has in abundance. The world’s top companies are drawn to the innovation culture of the United States. By encouraging entrepreneurship and risk taking, this culture offers an added competitive edge to the business community and leads to technological breakthroughs.

Simply put, the U.S. aerospace industry is a global powerhouse. International firms are drawn to its skilled and educated workforce and extensive distribution systems. World-changing technology is made in the USA, including technologies that rove the surface of Mars and make it possible to study galaxies millions of lightyears away. In 2016 alone, the industry contributed $147 billion in export sales to the U.S. economy, which led to a positive trade balance of $90.5 billion — the largest of any manufacturing industry.

Through the President’s Space Policy Directive 2, the Department of Commerce recently announced its intent to create a new Space Policy Advancing Commercial Enterprise (SPACE) Administration, which  will create a new “one stop shop” within the Department for promoting, administering, and regulating commercial space activities.   The SPACE Administration, to be housed within the Office of the Secretary, will  advance pro-growth policies affecting commercial space activities. This flourishing industry will also be a focus of the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit (June 20-22), the top foreign direct investment event in the United States. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross will lead a panel of industry experts to discuss the latest updates in a rapidly changing field and how domestic and foreign companies can utilize U.S. resources to join a new commercial space race.

This June, global companies—from aerospace to agriculture—will join high-level government officials, business executives, thought leaders, and economic developers from across the United States for the Investment Summit in Washington, D.C. To learn more about how you can attend the top foreign direct investment event in the country, please visit selectusasummit.us. Additionally, please visit selectusa.gov for more information on how—and why—to invest in the United States.

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Workforce Development to be Showcased at the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit

May 24, 2018

This post originally appeared on the U.S. Department of Commerce blog. This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy.

Steven Meyers is Director of Outreach and Communications, SelectUSA

The U.S. economy is the best shape since the turn of the 21stcentury. Unemployment has reached a rare low of 3.9 percent, wages are rising, and the international consensus is that the U.S. market is one of reliability and confidence. Indeed, there has never been a better time to invest in the United States and its workers.

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta Addresses the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit.

And yet, millions of American workers are at risk of being left behind in the global 21st century economy. Adapting and flourishing in the new economy will require innovative approaches to job training, education, and economic development.

Workforce development is not only a necessity. It also falls at the intersection of multiple government focuses, from collaborating with countries like Switzerland—where apprenticeships are well-established and common—to programs designed to reduce recidivism, such as the Department of Justice’s UNICOR program. Using an all-encompassing strategy, the Trump Administration is focused on creating good-paying jobs for millions of Americans.

This is why President Trump issued an executive order calling for a multi-department effort to expand apprenticeships in the United States. Specifically, the order created the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, a Department of Labor-led body of industry leaders and government officials. On May 10, 2018, the Task Force presented its findings to the President, recommending an increase in “work-and-learn models,” reforms to the funding process, an awareness campaign, and an expansion of apprenticeships in new industries.

Next month, workforce development will be a central focus of the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit, the top foreign direct investment event in the United States. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta will lead a panel on the subject with an emphasis on utilizing America’s most valuable economic resource: one of the most skilled and educated workforces in the world.

The Investment Summit joins U.S. economic developers and service providers with international business investors who are ready to establish or expand operations in the United States. Join SelectUSA, June 20-22, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Washington, D.C. metro area. This summer, we invite you to invest, grow, and succeed in the United States.

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The Verdict Is In: The SelectUSA Investment Summit Delivers Results for Business Investors

April 27, 2018

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Bill Burwell is the Director of Events for SelectUSA.

Photo from 2017 SUSA Summit highlighting an individual matchmaking session.

The 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit included more than 2,000 scheduled individual matchmaking meetings between businesses and economic development officials.

The SelectUSA Investment Summit brings the worlds of foreign direct investment (FDI) and economic development together—all under one roof. Attendees will hear from senior U.S. government officials and Cabinet secretaries, executives from some of the world’s top companies, and economic thought leaders at the forefront of a changing global economy.

It all happens again on June 20-22, 2018, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in the Washington, D.C. area.

Past Investment Summit participants have announced more than $71 billion in new investment projects. These projects have created or retained more than 110,000 U.S. jobs. Among those jobs will be nearly 400 in New York, where Romanian distiller Alexandrion is opening a facility. In Kentucky, Japanese manufacturer Takigawa will employ 180 people after making connections at the Investment Summit. MIG Neurons and sRs McCoy are among the Indian companies that have moved into soft landing facilities in Maryland and New Jersey after making connections at the Investment Summit.

SelectUSA received highly positive feedback from international business attendees at the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit:

“The SelectUSA Investment Summit far exceeded my expectations. The event was well worth the investment … I was impressed by the quality of the connections made and the value my firm received as an exhibitor.”

 “This is the place to be if you are considering starting a business in the United States.”

“The Investment Summit is absolutely the right forum for launching a new business in the U.S. The value of getting a large number of states and economic development agencies on one floor is priceless.”

“The benefit of attending the SelectUSA Investment Summit is direct, immediate, and purposeful contact with municipal, state, and federal personnel.”

We expect to continue delivering for potential business investors at the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit. Last year’s Investment Summit drew a record number of participants, including more than 600 economic developers from 52 U.S. states and territories.

International business investors utilized the online matchmaking platform to schedule face-to-face meetings with American economic developers. In the 79,000-sq.-ft. Exhibition Hall, these investors saw what dozens of U.S. states, counties, cities, territories, and regions had to offer.

There is simply no better place to connect to the economic development community than at the Investment Summit.

Don’t miss your chance to connect with EDOs from across the United States. Join us at the SelectUSA Investment Summit. For more information, please visit selectusasummit.us.

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Foreign Direct Investment: Driving Global Competitiveness and Innovation

July 7, 2017

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Economic and Development Administration 

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) plays an important role in the U.S. economy. It leads to the creation of jobs, an increase in wealth and living standards, and overall growth and innovation that drive the U.S. economic competitiveness. Last month, the Commerce Department hosted the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit providing a platform to communicate economic priorities and affirm the United States as the number one destination in the world for foreign direct investment.Direct Employment by majority foreign-owned firms in the US graph

The United States remains an attractive destination for FDI for a variety of reasons, including a large consumer base, a productive workforce, a highly innovative environment, and legal protections. As a result, foreign firms make investments in the United States on a regular basis by establishing new operations, purchasing existing operations of another company, or providing additional capital to their existing U.S. operations.

The U.S. welcomes foreign investment, and the numbers show that investors have confidence in the opportunities here. With a population of 320 million and a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that’s over $18 trillion, our nation is home to more FDI stock than any other country.

The numbers paint the big picture:

  • 12.1 million jobs are attributable to FDI.
  • 6.4 million reflects the number of U.S. workers who are directly employed by majority foreign-owned firms.
  • 2.4 million includes jobs attributable to the economic activity of majority foreign-owned firms, including jobs in those firms’ supply chains, jobs attributable to higher incomes, and other economic effects.
  • In the manufacturing sector alone, productivity growth from technology spillovers associated with FDI contributed 3.5 million jobs.

At the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administratoin (EDA), FDI is one of our investment priorities. These priorities are designed to provide an overarching framework to guide the agency’s investment portfolio and ensure its investments contribute the strongest positive impact on sustainable regional economic growth and diversification.

Since FY2011, EDA invested more than $109 million in 91 projects to help advance local strategies to attract FDI. Of the total, 61 projects totaling close to $98 million are expected to create and/or retain 30,073 jobs and attract over $8 billion in private investment. The other 30 projects totaling close to $12 million support FDI-related planning, research, technical assistance, access to capital, and/or other activities that are essential for successful economic development and job creation in the future.

Examples that show how EDA is investing to support FDI include:

  • Mississippi: Mississippi State University’s Canton-based office received the Mississippi Economic Development Council’s Community Economic Development Award for its work to bring advanced manufacturing jobs back to America. The program acquired its initial funding through EDA. According to the University, the initiative resulted in a nearly $11 million economic impact, with more than 33 direct investment opportunities identified and 333 jobs created or saved. Additionally, the program saw 262 industry certifications and 221 paid internships in high-demand advanced manufacturing skills.
  • Georgia: Over the last three decades, the global automotive sector has established a noticeable presence in the Southeast United States. From Mercedes in Alabama, to BMW in South Carolina, many automotive manufacturers are seeking to take advantage of the Southeast’s comparatively inexpensive cost of doing business, warm climate, and excellent transportation networks. In 2015, EDA invested $700,000 in Public Works Program funds in the city of Lavonia, Georgia, to make sewer systems improvements that helped bring a foreign-based automotive parts manufacturer to the region. As a result, it is estimated that the region will gain 400 new manufacturing jobs and attract $54 million in foreign direct investment.
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In Idaho, Rural is a Great Investment

June 9, 2017

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.

By Megan Ronk, Director, Idaho Commerce

In Idaho, we know as well as anyone what great opportunities rural America provides to businesses from across the world. From a highly skilled workforce, government support, and unmatched natural resources, more and more businesses are realizing the advantages of investing in rural states like Idaho.

During the last several years, Idaho has become home to many significant relocation and expansion projects. Chobani’s decision to build the world’s largest yogurt facility in Twin Falls raised eyebrows around the world. But the company’s decision to invest in our state, plus numerous other examples, highlights Idaho’s diverse economy, and the many ways rural America can support a variety of different businesses and industries.

  • Kochava, a leading software analytics company, chose to expand in Sandpoint, creating more than 200 new jobs and more than $100 million in new wages.
  • The Dow Chemical Company constructed a $20 million facility in Burley, generating more than $12 million in new wages.
  • Orgill, the world’s largest independent hardlines distributor, will be expanding into a distribution center in Post Falls, creating more than 130 jobs and $68 million in new wages.
  • McCain Foods USA, whose parent company is based in Canada, recently announced a substantial expansion to its potato processing plant in Burley, an expansion to the tune of $200 million and 180 new jobs. McCain is the largest manufacturer of frozen potato products in the world, and a supplier to thousands of restaurants and supermarkets across the globe

These are not only huge economic wins for Idaho, but also a perfect example of why investing in Rural America is a great business decision.

McCain’s decision to put down roots in Idaho and grow in the state has been the result of a joint effort on the part of the company’s leadership and a collaboration between local and state officials, associations, and the company.

International investments like McCain demonstrate the draw and economic opportunity of rural communities in the United States. By maintaining a business-friendly economic climate, low tax rates, reasonable regulations, access to a first-class workforce, low-cost power, and many other advantages, we expect to see continued growth and expansion in our rural communities.

If you’re a global business investor looking for your company’s next expansion location, we recommend taking a look at rural America.

Attending the SelectUSA Summit?

We are excited to participate in the upcoming SelectUSA Investment Summit, June 18-20. If you’ll be there, too, we invite you to see Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little at the “Make it in Rural America” session during the SelectUSA Investment Academy. Afterwards, stop by Booth 311 in the Exhibition Hall to meet Team Idaho. We look forward to showing you what The Gem State has to offer.