Area Development
There has never been a better time for companies to invest, grow, and create jobs in the United States. That was the clear message President Trump delivered in January to the global business community at the World Economic Forum, and that I am proud to share with you in the 2018 edition of LocationUSA magazine.

{{RELATEDLINKS}} The United States is entering a new era of economic growth, with the first major reform of the U.S. tax code in 30 years, and a renewed focus on enabling businesses to operate with greater efficiency. With fewer regulations, a simplified tax structure, and new infrastructure improvement initiatives, U.S. leaders are working to create an environment in which all companies operating in the United States can flourish. This is making the United States one of the top destinations for business investment.

These reforms build on a legacy of productivity and innovation. The U.S. market has topped the A.T. Kearney FDI Confidence Index for five years in a row and ranks as the easiest place to do business among countries with populations of more than 100 million, according to the World Bank’s Doing Business 2017 report. Businesses of any size can succeed here — large automakers, small software companies, energy producers, service providers, and everything in between have found success in America — which is one reason why the Global Entrepreneurship Index ranked the United States first of 137 countries for entrepreneurship in 2017.

The U.S. Department of Commerce provides data, actionable business intelligence, and helps navigate the U.S. regulatory system for firms looking to invest in the U.S. market. Another way to take advantage of our services is through the annual SelectUSA Investment Summit, the highest-profile foreign direct investment event in the United States. Companies from around the world have the opportunity to explore investment locations and meet directly with the people who drive investment projects forward. Participants also hear about the U.S. investment climate directly from policymakers and business leaders, while also learning of specific investment resources and tools. Learn more about our Investment Summit and services at, follow us on Twitter @SelectUSA, or connect with our colleagues in the U.S. Commercial Service located in offices across the United States.

On behalf of SelectUSA, I would like to express appreciation and gratitude to Area Development and the entire team behind the LocationUSA magazine. Now is the time to explore opportunities in the United States, and the SelectUSA team looks forward to working with you.


E. Erin Walsh
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets, and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service