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BEA’s New FDI Numbers Point to Sustained Economic Growth for the USA

Audrey Cheng, Intern, SelectUSA

(August 23, 2019) The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the most recent numbers for global foreign direct investment (FDI) into the United States, and they’re good news for the country’s continued prosperity. Total stock of FDI in the United States reached $4.34 trillion in value in 2018. This is an incredible $319.1 billion increase from 2017, when we had just surpassed $4 trillion in FDI.

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Spotlight on EDOs

SelectUSA regularly features guest blog posts from economic development organizations (EDOs) across the country. Read more about how FDI is benefitting communities large and small.

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The Next Investment Advisory Council is Here

Samual Biddick, Intern, SelectUSA

(August 13, 2019) Representatives from more than two dozen economic development organizations and business executives from across the United States will soon provide something invaluable to the federal government: their expertise on how the Administration can best attract and utilize the largest amount of foreign direct investment in the world.

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New FDI Data from BEA: Direct Investment by Country & Industry

Bureau of Economic Analysis

(July 24, 2019) The foreign direct investment in the United States position increased $319.1 billion to $4.34 trillion at the end of 2018 from $4.03 trillion at the end of 2017. The increase mainly reflected a $226.1 billion increase in the position from Europe, primarily the Netherlands and Ireland. By industry, affiliates in manufacturing, retail trade, and real estate accounted for the largest increases.

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New Foreign Direct Investment in the United States, 2018

Bureau of Economic Analysis

(July 2, 2019) Expenditures by foreign direct investors to acquire, establish, or expand U.S. businesses totaled $296.4 billion (preliminary) in 2018. Expenditures were up 8.7 percent from $272.8 billion (revised) in 2017 but were below the annual average of $338.1 billion for 2014–2017. As in previous years, acquisitions of existing businesses accounted for a large majority of total expenditures.

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Spotlight Story from EDA: FDI: Abetting Global Competitiveness and Business Investment

Economic Development Administration, June 2019 Newsletter

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) plays an important role in the U.S. economy by supporting the creation of jobs, increasing wealth and living standards, and by helping stimulate the overall growth and innovation that drives U.S. economic competitiveness. That is why EDA works regularly with SelectUSA, the Department of Commerce program to stimulate foreign investment in the U.S.

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Business Potential Met Business Opportunity at the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit

By Brian Lenihan, Executive Director, SelectUSA

(June 20, 2019) It was an honor (and a thrill) to experience this international excitement firsthand. SelectUSA is the embodiment of the U.S. government’s commitment to creating an open, welcoming, and competitive business environment. It’s a program whose core mission is to promote job-creating FDI. The SelectUSA Investment Summit continuously delivers on that mission.

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Ambassador McMullen Embarked on a Three-state Visit to the United States: Read More!

Embassy of the United States in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

(June 11, 2019) As a first stop, Stadler Rail Executive Chairman Peter Spuhler and CEO USA Martin Ritter hosted Ambassador Edward McMullen at its state-of-the-art facility in Salt Lake City for Stadler Rail’s grand opening/ribbon cutting event on May 9. The event was an opportunity to amplify Swiss investment as the catalyst for a new wave of transportation manufacturing in Utah. 

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