Videos on How to Invest in the United States

Learn more about how and where to start in the U.S. investment process

The following videos are from the Academy and Breakout sessions at the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit, June 10-12, 2019. From workforce training to local taxes, these experts can help guide you along your investment journey.


A Resource Ecosystem to Support Entrepreneurs
The U.S. provides start-up support through entrepreneurial ecosystems featuring next-generation businesses, working spaces, venture capital, educational institutions, and designated spaces. This session from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit Academy looks at examples of successful ecosystems and discusses how entrepreneurs can best network these features. 
In this video: Craig Buerstatte, Director, Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, U.S. Economic Development Administration; Lindsey Cox, Director of Operations & Government Affairs, Launch Tennessee; Dr. Sarah Glova, Director of Growth and Communications, RIoT; Founder/CEO, Reify Media, RIoT; Erika Lucas, Co-Founder, StitchCrew, and Josh Mandell, Chief Operating Officer, Halcyon

Complying with CFIUS & FIRRMA 
In this breakout session panel at the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit, government and industry experts discuss how the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) expands the scope of the Council on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews, the status of investigation timelines, and filing fees.
In this video: Peter Davidson, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce; Laura Black, Director of Policy and Implementation of CFIUS, Department of the Treasury; Rene Haas, President, IP Products Group (IPG), ARM; and Kevin J. Wolf, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Facilitating Investment Through Business Travel Programs
The E-1/E-2 “Entrepreneur and Executive” visas can be used to bring key executives to the United States. This session from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit Academy discusses these options, their processes, and their requirements.
In this video: Darold Belshe, Branch Chief, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Rafael Henry, Branch Chief, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; James McMillian, Visa Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of State; and Beverly Zaslow, CBP Officer / Program Manager, ESTA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Finding the Right Workforce
The United States isn’t only home to one of the most productive, talented workforces in the world – it prides itself on workforce development programs and technological innovations that directly impact labor skill requirements. This breakout session panel from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit provides more information on how employers can identify and recruit the best workers.
In this video: John Ladd, Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor; Dr. Vera Krekanova, Chief Research Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development; Dan Lawlor, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, North America, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.; Don Pierson, Secretary of Commerce, State of Louisiana; and Charlie Yao, President and Chief Executive Officer, YCI Methanol One

How to Finance Your Startup
The United States has the most developed and liquid financial markets in the world, providing companies with access to extensive financing options and funding mechanisms. This panel discussion from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit Academy breaks down how companies can access that capital and includes success stories.
In this video: Emily Miller, Policy Advisor, Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, U.S. Economic Development Administration; Allie Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Village Capital; Tim Hwang, CEO, FiscalNote; Julie Lenzer, Chief Innovation Officer, University of Maryland, College Park; and Lindsay Karas Stencel, COO and Fund Manager, Launch NY Inc

Investing in Rural America
Rural regions of the United States have lower costs of business while providing a high quality of life, access to transportation, and abundant natural resources—the whole package for foreign investors. This panel discussion from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit Academy discusses the unique opportunities and advantages of investing in rural America. 
In this video: Heather Ranck, International Trade Specialist, Office Director and Global Rural Team Leader, U.S. Commercial Service, North Dakota; Elissa Levin, Director, Federal Government Affairs, AVANGRID, Inc. (Formerly Iberdrola USA); Brigitta Miranda-Freer, Executive Director, Montana World Trade Center; Heidi Smith, General Manager, Global Business Economic Development, Tennessee Valley Authority; and Jonas Swarttouw, Country Manager U.S.A, NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics

Navigating the U.S. Visa Landscape
This panel from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit Academy focuses on the different visa programs available for bringing workers into the United States, as well as the various types of visas necessary to enter the United States to invest and work.
In this video: Jennifer Clinton, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cultural Vistas; Ruslan Bocancea, Managing Partner, Bocancea Law Group; John W. Meyer, Partner, Foster, LLP; and Linda Rahal, Attorney, Shareholder and Chief Operating Officer, Trow & Rahal  P.C.

Opportunity Zones
The Opportunity Zone Program is a federal community development initiative that encourages long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. This breakout panel discussion from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit provides more information on the program, including answers as to how business investors can leverage the program’s tools and data as part of their investment decisions.
In this video: Henry Childs II, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), U.S. Department of Commerce; Benjamin R. Hobbs, Special Assistant to the U.S. President for Domestic Policy, The White House; Marc Morial, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Urban League; and Rachel Reilly, Director of Impact Strategy, Economic Innovation Group

Optimizing Partnership Opportunities
Collaboration among corporations, leading research universities, local non-profit organizations, and public institutions drive innovation across industries. This breakout panel discussion from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit can help business investors understand what resources are available for them to partner with incubators, universities, and other research institutions to develop and bring their products to market. 
In this video: Erran Persley, Commissioner, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development; Rui Barbas, Chief Strategy Officer, Nestlé; Ronn Cort, President and Chief Operating Officer, SEKISUI Polymer Innovations, LLC; Dr. Matthew O’Keefe, Executive Director, Center for Manufacturing Excellence and Professor, The University of Mississippi; and Dr. Michael L. Salgaller, Supervisory Specialist, Invention Development and Marketing Unit, National Institutes of Health

Plugging into Smart Cities
This session from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Academy features implementers of smart cities, who discuss topics like attracting investment, securing grants, public-private partnerships, practical innovation, and more.
In this video: Philip Bane, Chief Executive Officer, Smart Cities Council; Bob Bennett, Principal and Founder, B Squared Civic Solutions; Andel Koester, Associate Director, What Works Cities; and Kathryn Snorrason, Director of Strategic Accounts, PlanetM, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

ReSelectUSA: Reshore, Retain & Reinvest Case Studies
This session from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit Academy focuses on thematic best practices and lessons learned from companies that either expanded or reshored operations in the United States.
In this video: Elizabeth Schaefer, Director of Investment Research, SelectUSA, U.S. Department of Commerce, Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita, Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Quality Electrodynamics and, Honorary Consul of Japan in Cleveland; Paul Lavoie, General Manager, Carey Manufacturing; Carl Richell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, System76; and Matthew A. Roberts, Co-Founder and President, Sherrill Manufacturing

Setting Up Your Workforce for Success
This session from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit Academy explains the worker benefits that companies are required to provide their employees at the federal and state levels. 
In this video: Kimberly Moore, Member, Clark Hill Strasburger; Joanne Farquharson, U.S. Expansion Advisor, Global General Manager, Foothold America, Inc.; David Langdon, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Commerce; and Jackie P. Taylor, Americas Government and Public Sector Leader, People Advisory Services, EY

Soft Landing Programs 
Enterprises entering the United States can utilize soft landing programs that help centralize resources (e.g. legal services, accounting, business mentoring, business development resources) and facilitate connections with local university clusters and trade associations. This session from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit Academy features experts who run soft landing programs in the United States.
In this video: Charles Ross, Chief Executive Officer, InBIA ; Lynne Henkiel, Director, Innovation Ecosystems, Georgia Institute of Technology; Chait Rendu, Venture Development Manager, Business Incubation Program, University of Central Florida; and Karina Sotnik, Director, Business Incubation and Accelerator Programs, University City Science Center

Startup Success Stories
How do you expand a startup in the United States? Where do you start? These panelists have asked those questions and had them answered successfully. Hear their stories!
In this video: Ellen Bateman, Director for U.S. Ecosystems, Global Entrepreneurship Network; Meirav Naor Weinstock, Co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer, IMNA Solutions; Mandy Sebel, Senior Vice President, Head of People - Americas, UiPath; Charity Weeden, Senior Advisor, Strategy and Policy, Astroscale

State & Local Taxes
This panel from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit Academy discusses how to understand state and local taxes and what resources can be utilized to determine which state’s tax structure may be the most beneficial to your industry or business. 
In this video: Donnie Charleston, Director, State and Local Fiscal Policy Engagement, Urban Institute; Steve Carter, Managing Director, Credits and Incentives Practice Leader, Grant Thornton LLP; Jon Cesaretti, Tax Principal, Crowe Horwath LLP; Dr. Allison Forbes, Research Director, C2ER, The Council for Community and Economic Research; Paul Naumoff, Principal, Global and Americas Leader, Location Investment, Credits and Incentives Services, EY

Supply Chain, Logistics & Shipping
In an increasingly globalized world, the logistics and shipping process can quickly become complicated, as today’s companies have multiple parts from multiple locations coming to be assembled and then shipped off again. This breakout panel discussion from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit provides information on what firms need to know, how to move goods into and throughout the country, the kinds of services available to assist in the process, and more.
In this video: Jeffrey Pratt, Managing Director; Management and Technology / Supply Chain Leader, BDO USA LLP; Darren Bonney, Chief Executive Officer, Myfreight; Hans Heinrich Hilgenstock, Director Route Development - Germany/Switzerland/East Europe, Kuehne + Nagel; Donovan Murray, General Manager, Intermodal/Trade Development, Maryland Port Administration; Ned Reckamp, Vice President, Automotive Supply Chain and Central Electronic Plants Operations, North America, Continental AG; and Amgad Shehata, Senior Vice President, UPS

Tax Credits & Incentives
Utilizing federal tax credits and incentives provide crucial advantages to businesses operating in the United States. This panel discussion from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit Academy covers some of the latest information on these programs and how to find them.
In this video: Jonathan Forman, R&D Tax Services Northeast Regional Leader, BDO USA LLP; Mathew Abraham, Principal, Federal Tax Strategies, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP; Michael Bernier, Partner, National Tax, EY; Brian Sabina, Sr. Vice President, Economic Transformation, New Jersey Economic Development Authority; and Robert Van Geons, President and CEO, Fayetteville Cumberland Economic Development Corporation

Trade & Investment Regulations
Global trade policies continue to evolve with changes in commerce, digital trade, and specific markets’ strengths and priority sectors. As these changes manifest in policy, companies need to evaluate their investment decisions based on the global trade environment. This breakout panel discussion from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit covers how businesses can adapt and benefit in this changing environment.
In this video: Ian Steff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, U.S. Department of Commerce; Darrell Corbett, Vice President, North America, JJ Richards; Samir Kapadia, Head of Government Relations, JSW USA (The Vogel Group); Mark Ludwikowski, Member and International Trade Practice, Clark Hill; and Dilip K. Sundaram, President, Corporate Affairs, Mahindra Group – Americas

Understanding the American Customs Process
This panel from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit Academy explains how to understand the various levels of regulations and taxes on exports into the United States. 
In this video: Valarie Neuhart, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Trade Relations, U.S. Customs and Border; Ronald A. Oleynik, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP; Geoffery Powell, Chairman, National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) and President, C.H. Powell Company; and Shane Williams, Director, Economic Development, Port of Houston Authority

Understanding How Artificial Intelligence Will Affect Advanced Manufacturing
Artificial intelligence (AI) is having an outsized impact on advanced manufacturing – increasing productivity, improving quality control, shortening design time, and more. Exponential improvements in AI functionality is changing workers’ roles in the manufacturing process, requiring new skillsets. This breakout session from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit explains how AI will affect advanced manufacturing and how those effects will factor in to business investment decisions.
In this video: Dr. Walter G. Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Dr. Byron Clayton, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM); Dr. Michael Grieves, Chief Scientist for Advanced Manufacturing, Florida Institute of Technology; and Dr. David Steel, Executive Vice President, Samsung Electronics

Utility Market Dynamics
U.S. utilities connect companies to stable, low-cost energy and water resources. These utilities are run by a variety of entities, both public and private, and cover geographic areas the size of cities to multi-state regions. This panel discussion from the 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit Academy provides international companies with an overview of U.S. utilities.
In this video: Anna V. Cochrane, Director of the Office of Energy Market Regulation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Joseph Burchfield, Target Market Specialist, TVA; Thomas Kirkpatrick, Sr. Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, American Electric Power; Margaret O'Riley, Business Recruitment, Duke Energy; and Mike Preston, Executive Director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission

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