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Build Your Business in the United States

It’s Easier than Ever with SelectUSA

Global companies that want to build their businesses in the United States have a powerful new partner—SelectUSA.

Select USA, an initiative within the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the first point of contact for investment in the United States. Established in 2011 by Executive Order of the President of the United States, SelectUSA promotes and facilitates business investment in the United States.

A Single Point of Contact

SelectUSA coordinates investment-related resources across all agencies of the U.S. federal

government. In addition, SelectUSA works with state, regional and local economic development organizations to attract and promote investment in the United States.

Through SelectUSA, potential investors can:

  • Find comprehensive information on establishing and operating a business in the United States
  • Search for federal programs and services available to businesses operating in the United

States—including grants, loans, and other assistance programs

  • Learn more about the competitive and regulatory landscape of a business activity in the

United States

  • Connect with economic development agencies in U.S. regions, states and regions

An Ombudsman for Investors

SelectUSA serves as an ombudsman, helping investors navigate federal rules and regulations. Working with SelectUSA, investors can gain an understanding of the U.S. regulatory climate, and raise any specific questions about their investments in the United States.

Because it engages directly with current and potential investors in the United States and abroad, SelectUSA can work with federal government on policies that may affect U.S. competitiveness in attracting business investment.

Why Invest in the United States?

Investors worldwide come to the United States to take advantage of its world-class business climate; in fact, the United States receives more foreign direct investment (FDI) than any other nation. The world’s largest economy, the United States continues to rank among the top places for ease of doing business,1 foreign direct investment confidence,2 venture capital and private equity funding,3 and global competitiveness.4 The American workforce is one of the best educated, most productive, and most innovative in the world. The United States offers a predictable and transparent legal system, outstanding infrastructure, and access to the world’s most lucrative consumer market.

1 2012 World Bank Ease of Doing Business Ranking

2 AT Kearney’s 2012 FDI Confidence Index

3 Ernst & Young IESE Business School’s 2011 Venture Capital and Private Equity Index

4 World Economic Forum’s 2011-2012 Global Competitiveness

Attracting Foreign Direct Investment

The total stock of FDI in the United States is over $2.3 billion. The United States received $228 billion in FDI in

2010 alone. SelectUSA works with state, regional, and local economic development organizations to promote and facilitate FDI.

In 2009, FDI in the United States supported:

  • 5.3 million U.S. workers
  • $449 billion in wages paid to employees
  • $49 billion invested in research and development
  • $85 billion reinvested into the U.S. economy
  • 21 percent of all U.S. exports
  • Wages and salaries that are, on average, 25 percent higher than those paid by U.S.-based firms

U.S. states, regions, and cities have a strong legacy of pursuing and winning business investment projects. With

SelectUSA, their efforts are supported at the national level now more than ever.

For economic development organizations and firms, SelectUSA is a federal resource to:

  • Provide research and information
  • Identify federal, state, regional, and industry partnerships
  • Respond to investment impediments involving federal rules and regulations
  • Advocate for U.S. economic competitiveness through global business investment

Contact SelectUSA Today

To find out more, visit SelectUSA.gov or call +1-202-482-6800.

“The United States is an attractive location for foreign companies to invest due to our strong and open economy, our productive workforce, a unique culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable colleges and universities, a business environment

underpinned by transparency, protection of intellectual property, and the rule of law.”

—President Barack Obama, June 20, 2011