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Chapter 1 - Overall Investment Checklist
Chapter 2 - Immigration
Chapter 3 - Business Structure
Chapter 4 - Taxes
Chapter 5 - Workforce
Chapter 6 - FDI Restrictions
Chapter 7 - Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)
Chapter 8 - Intellectual Property
Chapter 9 - Banking Checklist
Chapter 10 - Site Selection
Chapter 11 - Economic Development Incentives
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Although foreign direct investment (FDI) and small businesses are both integral to the U.S. economy, little formal research exists on FDI from small businesses. This report fills this research gap by exploring the experiences of small foreign-owned firms operating in the United States, as well as the considerable economic impact of these firms on the U.S. economy.
Innovation in manufacturing, such as automation, is key to industry global competitiveness. Global multinational companies have consistently selected the United States as a destination for their manufacturing operations. Foreign direct investment (FDI) in manufacturing in the United States represents 40.1 percent of all FDI in the United States, and automation plays a key role in attracting that investment and creating jobs.
This report uses qualitative analysis to explore the experiences of six companies that chose to reinvest in the United States. It also illuminates lessons learned by each company to serve as examples for other investors considering U.S. reinvestment as well as policymakers who seek to support reshoring and investment expansion in the United States rather than other markets.
This report employs qualitative analysis to explore the experiences of five small foreign-owned companies that recently invested in the United States. It highlights the advantages and barriers to investing in the United States as a small business, compiling the key trends and lessons learned by each company.
Reports from the U.S. Department of Commerce
FDI in the United States: 2016 Update
Economic & Statistics Administration | U.S. Department of Commerce (October 2017)
This report, which updates a report released in 2013, examines recent trends in FDI and highlights newly released “greenfield” FDI data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Foreign direct investment trends identified in earlier reports have continued to 2016.
Jobs Attributable to FDI in the U.S.
International Trade Administration's Office of Industry and Analysis | U.S. Department of Commerce (February 2016)
This report highlights the importance of FDI to U.S. jobs, including the number of jobs that are directly supported by foreign investment.
Additional FDI Reports
FDI Confidence IndexRead Report
Global FDI Flows
Global Investment Trends Monitor (January 2019)
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report highlights trends in global FDI flows. The latest report, released in January 2019, shows that global flows dropped for the third consecutive year. Despite the drop, the United States remained the top destination for FDI flows with $226 billion (representing nearly a fifth of total global FDI flows). UNCTAD notes that while flows are as low as they were after the global financial crisis, a rebound is expected in 2019.
Organization for International Investment (OFII) (2019)
This report from OFII explores the positive impact of FDI on the U.S. labor force and how it leads to job growth. The report includes case studies and state-level analysis on FDI in the United States.
Business and Investment Climate in the United States
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) (March 2015)
Geared toward Indian business investors, this report from CII delves into the benefits of investing in the United States at the state/territory level.
FDI in U.S. Metro AreasRead Report
Science and Engineering Indicators 2018
National Science Board - National Science Foundation