The Department of Commerce

Learn more about the Department of Commerce and the nine bureaus that support investment

Seal of the Department of Commerce

As the lead trade and investment promotion agency in the federal government, the Department of Commerce’s goal is to increase the international competitiveness of U.S. businesses and make trade and investment a bigger part of the U.S. economy’s DNA.
The Department of Commerce works with businesses, universities, communities, and workers to promote job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved standards of living for Americans. Through its 12 bureaus and nearly 47,000 employees located in all 50 states and five territories and more than 86 countries worldwide, the Department administers critical programs that touch the lives of every American. 

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Mission:  To create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity with a focus on five priority areas.

IIWG priority areas (graphic)

Trade and Investment.  To work across the Administration to help U.S. businesses access more markets and customers and help more CEOs around the world to make business investments into the United States. 

Innovation. To catalyze the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing and new technologies, ensure a vibrant digital economy, and support the growth of industry-driven skills and training efforts. 

Data.  To unleash more government data to help business leaders make the best possible decisions, while also creating fertile ground for more startups. 

Environment. To protect our environment while also helping businesses and communities adapt to a changing planet. 

Operational Excellence:  To equip our employees with the tools and knowledge they need to accomplish our mission while fostering a more customer-oriented culture.  

Investment-related Resources

SelectUSA is the primary channel through which the Department of Commerce encourages foreign direct investment (FDI) into the United States and raises awareness of the critical role that FDI plays in the U.S. economy.

Additionally, in June 2016, the Secretary of Commerce inaugurated the U.S Investment Advisory Council (IAC) to advise on the development and implementation of strategies and programs to attract and retain foreign direct investment in the United States and on ways to support the United States remaining the world’s preeminent recipient of foreign direct investment.


IAC inaugural members

In its role as America's Data Agency, The Department of Commerce offers a number of tools, trainings and other resources for investors, economic developers, and the general public.

Other Department of Commerce Bureaus in the IIWG

Clicking on the seals/emblems will redirect you to each IIWG member's official website.
Clicking on the hyperlinked text will link to an overview of each agency's investment role and available resources.