Posts Tagged ‘social media’


Join the Conversation on Investment

April 9, 2014

Vinai Thummalapally is the Executive Director of the SelectUSA Program. 

Vinai Thummalapally is the Executive Director of the SelectUSA program

This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog.

This month, SelectUSA is really upping our game when it comes to online engagement around investment.  We hope you’ll join the conversation on Twitter at #SelectUSA!

Our colleagues across the Commerce Department will be sharing their thoughts on how innovation, data and hard work contribute to job creation. We’re collaborating with our friends at the State Department’s Economic & Business Affairs Bureau, as well as with our Commerce and State colleagues throughout the United States and globally at our embassies and consulates.

But we’re not stopping with Commerce and State. We’re reaching out across the U.S. federal government through the Interagency Investment Working Group (IIWG), to more than twenty other agencies.  (You can find all of our Commerce and IIWG twitter profiles here.)

This is a big conversation, but most importantly, we hope to be hearing from YOU.

We’re broadening the conversation at #SelectUSA to talk about how investment in the United States drives job creation and how we can work together to attract even more jobs.

Did you know that, as of 2011 (the most recent data available), U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies employed more than 5.6 million workers and paid an average annual salary of $77,600?  According to preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows totaled $187.5 billion in 2013, rising from $160.1 billion in 2012.  The United States also recently took back the top spot in A.T. Kearney’s FDI Confidence Index.

What do these numbers mean to you?  Are you an investor looking to expand your operations in the United States?  Are you seeking to attract more investment to your town, city, county or state?  How can SelectUSA assist you?  

We offer services to U.S. and international investors, as well as to U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs.)  If you need information on the U.S. investment climate, related federal resources, and the latest trends – we’re happy to help.  Are you looking for the right contact at the state or local level?  Could you use some assistance on the ground in more than 120 countries?  Do you have a question or problem related to investment and federal rules or regulations?  We’re here to help you get the answers you need.

Tell us what you think on Twitter by following us at @SelectUSA and using the hashtag #SelectUSA.  What are your challenges?  What are your successes?  How is your company creating jobs by investing in the United States?  How is your location attracting investors and jobs?

We look forward to hearing from you at #SelectUSA!


Thousands of Eyes Trained on Us

March 29, 2012

Cory Churches is a Communications Specialist with the Office of Public Affairs at the International Trade Administration

Social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and this blog you’re reading now have become as ubiquitous as email, the Internet, and mobile devices. And these channels collectively connect us to all of you and you to one another.

Nearly three years ago, we launched this blog (April 23, 2009 to be exact) and our Twitter feed @TradeGov followed soon after. Our Facebook page took a bit more time to launch but now has 3,000 fans. International Facebook Page

This week we achieved some milestones in our social media networks, reaching 5,000 followers and 1,000 tweets on Twitter, and nearly 300 entries on our blog with more than 1,200 comments. And just today we converted our Facebook page to timeline. Check it out!

Much of the information contained within our blog Tradeology comes from around the globe, written by Commercial Service officers serving in Manila, Philippines or in Fargo, North Dakota. We’ve covered major events such as the U.S. hosting of APEC in 2011 and the launch of the National Export Initiative as well as the Paris Air Show, and Pow Wow, travel and tourism’s largest global trade event.

Some of our best stories have been about clients and the success stories they’ve shared with us. These first person accounts of small and large businesses finding success in exporting show both the breadth of businesses going abroad and the depth of government services that support them in their endeavors.

Moving forward you will see more interaction from our office as well as from our Under Secretary Francisco Sánchez who recently launched his own Facebook page at

We are looking forward to continuing the conversation we’ve started with you and enjoy your comments and feedback on our efforts to expand exporting to more businesses.