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{{RELATEDLINKS}}The past few years have been exciting ones for investment in the United States. The U.S. economy is growing and companies are expanding: as of February 2015, there have been 60 straight months of job growth. For the second year in row, A.T. Kearney’s Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index put the United States on top. In 2014, the United States garnered the highest net positive rating in the 16-year history of the Index.

At the SelectUSA 2015 Investment Summit, President Barack Obama hosted a sold-out crowd of more than 2,500 people from more than 70 international markets and nearly every U.S. state and territory. President Obama, joined by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and five other members of his Cabinet, made it clear that the United States is open for business and warmly welcomes foreign investors.

Investments are made company by company, location by location. As you consider where and how to make your investment, please consider us to be at your service. SelectUSA is the U.S. federal government program to facilitate business investment by assisting companies and U.S. economic development organizations. Housed within the U.S. Department of Commerce, SelectUSA coordinates across the U.S. government to serve as a single point of contact for information and connections. We act as an ombudsman, assisting investors to navigate the federal government and address regulatory questions.

To learn how we can help you, please visit We congratulate Area Development for another successful annual edition of LocationUSA. This publication has been a valuable resource for the economic development community, and we look forward to continuing our work together.


Vinai Thummalapally
Executive Director
U.S. Department of Commerce