The United States is currently in its second-longest period of economic expansion and our economic growth shows no sign of letting up. A lower corporate tax rate, fewer regulations, and renewed confidence in the American market have created the opportunity for further global investment. It is easy to see why the world’s companies flock to the U.S. market. From a diverse, highly educated, and skilled workforce to strong intellectual property protections, millions of global business investors select the United States to grow and succeed.
More Than $4 Trillion
The total stock of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States is valued at $4 trillion, which is the single largest amount in the world for any nation. In 2017 alone, the diverse flow of FDI into the United States was $277 billion. Some of the world’s largest economies and America’s closest economic partners account for more than half of the $4 trillion total. Among them are the United Kingdom ($614.9 billion), Canada ($523.8 billion), Japan ($476.9 billion), and Germany ($405.6 billion). The fastest-growing sources, based on the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2012 and 2017, include rapidly changing markets in South America and Asia including Argentina, Thailand, Singapore, and China — all of whom had CAGRs greater than 30 percent.
Select the USA for Entrepreneurship
When companies select the United States for investment, they are choosing a market powered by innovation. The Global Entrepreneurship Index, noting a flourishing environment for building ideas into profitable businesses, ranked the United States first out of 137 countries for its business-creation ecosystem.
With a deeply-rooted business culture of experimentation and expansion, wide access to capital, as well as other resources designed to help new ideas take flight, there is arguably no better market than the United States where entrepreneurs can thrive.
Select the USA for Innovation
The United States is a recognized leader in research and development and has one of the highest-acclaimed networks of universities and research institutions in the world, while also featuring one of the most robust systems of intellectual property protections. This culture of innovation offers an added competitive advantage to the business community and keeps the United States at the cutting edge of new ideas, technologies, and prosperity.
The United States is a recognized leader in research and development and has one of the highest-acclaimed networks of universities and research institutions in the world, while also featuring one of the most robust systems of intellectual property protections.
Made in the USA
International companies become part of the cities and towns in which they invest. More than seven million U.S. jobs — with an average salary well above the economy-wide average — are directly supported by the U.S. affiliates of majority foreign-owned firms. The impact of foreign investment does not end there: millions are employed indirectly in jobs across an array of industries around the country as well. At $370 billion, these affiliates produced more than a fifth of all U.S. goods exports in 2016, which is the latest available data.
Additionally, companies exporting from the United States reap benefits not only from the “Made in the U.S.A.” brand premium of innovation, quality, and reliability, but also from U.S. government export assistance programs, giving American-made goods a competitive edge in global markets.
SelectUSA is the United States’ national investment-promotion program that works to facilitate job-creating business investment and raise awareness of the important role that FDI plays in the U.S economy. Moreover, SelectUSA serves as a single point of contact to help business investors and U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs) navigate the federal regulatory system. Working with EDOs, the program supports business investors seeking information and guidance about entering or growing their operations in the United States.
The SelectUSA Investment Summit High-profile events like the annual SelectUSA Investment Summit facilitate many such connections, allowing business investors to talk with economic development representatives from across the nation over the course of three days. Investment Summit participants also hear about the U.S. business and investment climate directly from senior government officials and industry leaders, while also learning about specific resources and tools to invest in the United States.
This year’s Investment Summit takes place June 10-12 at the Washington Hilton in downtown Washington, D.C. For more information regarding the annual SelectUSA Investment Summit, visit www.selectusasummit.us and join the conversation @SelectUSA on Twitter.