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New-to-Export? Find the Right Export Market with Our New Video Series

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By Curt Cultice, Senior Communications Specialist, and Jennifer Stone Marshall, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service. Many U.S companies—particularly small and medium-sized businesses—don’t export because they believe it’s too burdensome, or don’t know where to start. How about your company?  Are you leaving money on the table by not selling to the 95 percent of world consumers who live outside of the United States? We can help you find the right export market. The internet, improved logistics options, and the array of available export assistance through the U.S. Commercial Service and federal, state and local partners... Read More
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An American Delegation of States in Paris (to Promote FDI)

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This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. By Marie-Josee Andrieu, Investment Specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, SelectUSA France is the sixth-largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the United States and an important international trading partner. Majority French-owned firms directly support more than 677,000 American jobs, while majority U.S.-owned firms directly employ 440,000 French workers. A central goal of the U.S. Embassy in Paris is to strengthen these bonds through increased cooperation and understanding. SelectUSA and the Council of American States in Europe ... Read More
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Partnership and Collaboration in Trade Finance Education For Washington State SME Exporters

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This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. Yuki Fujiyama is a trade finance specialist in the Office of Finance and Insurance Industries and the author of the Trade Finance Guide: A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters.  Diane Mooney is the Director of the U.S. Commercial Service Seattle. ... Read More
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Registration Now Open For 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit

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This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog. Post by Wilbur Ross U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross at the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit. Today, I am pleased to announce that registration is ... Read More
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Spotlight on Commerce: Chris Higginbotham, Deputy Director of Outreach, SelectUSA

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This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog. Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting the contributions of Department of Commerce employees in honor of Veteran’s Day. When Congress first declared November 11th as a holiday that ultimately became Veterans Day,  it said the day should be marked with “exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.” ... Read More
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Finding the Right Bank to Help Your Company Go Global

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This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. Robert Kurek is the Senior Vice President for International Financial Institutions at Key Bank A few weeks ago, our team here at Key Bank had the pleasure of joining more than 350 people at the Discover Global Markets: U.S. Manufacturers to Europe and Beyond in Cleveland. As a proud sponsor, we were onsite, meeting with attendees on what to look for in a potential banking partner when entering global markets. The rewards of an expanding global footprint are numerous... Read More
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Celebrating Manufacturing Day with a Focus on FDI

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This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. By Mark Schmit, National Accounts Manager, Manufacturing Extension Partnership, National Institude of Standard and Technology (NIST)  ... Read More
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Tacoma, Washington Firms Translate Global Success into Local Jobs and Economic Growth

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Susan Crawford is a communications specialist for the U.S. Commercial Service’s Pacific North Network  U.S. Rep. Kilmer’s District Representative Nicholas Carr presented each of the three organizations with their Certificate of Appreciation at a recent event hosted by the World Trade Center Tacoma. L-R: Nicholas Carr, James Newman of Tacoma Community College, Dennis Morris of SAFE Boats International, Diane Mooney of U.S. Commercial Service Seattle, Jason Lollar of Lollar Guitars, Inc. Three small Tacoma-area organizations prove that it is possible to look beyond U.S. borders and succeed in the global marketplace. The Wor... Read More
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Startup Global starts local

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This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. By Tricia Van Orden, Deputy Director of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat Philadelphia-area startups recently gathered at Temple University’s Fox School of Business for advice on going global with business. The Startup Global event, a partnership between the International Trade Administration (ITA) and the Global Innovation Forum, helps entrepreneurs and early-stage co... Read More
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FDI Strengthens America’s High-Tech Competitiveness

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By Maureen Book, Research Analyst, SelectUSA  High-Tech Industry Employment Concentration, High-Tech Employment/All Employment, by Metro Area, 2015 Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 County Business Patterns, Accessed July 6, 2017, factfinder.census.gov SelectUSA released its second industry-focused report: “High-Tech Industries: The Role of FDI in Driving Innovation and Growth” on Sept. 19. This report provides an in... Read More
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Showcasing our strengths at Discover Global Markets

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By Jason Lindesmith, Acting Director, Communications, U.S. Field, U.S. Commercial Service Attendees listen as Erin Walsh, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service delivers remarks on Sept. 18 in Cleveland. Last week in Cleveland, more than 350 participants attended U.S. Commercial Service’s showcase forum, Discover Global Markets: U.S. Manufacturers to Europe and Beyond. Discover Global Markets (DGM) events highlight ... Read More
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Help Us Plan the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit

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By Fred Volcansek, Executive Director, SelectUSA It’s already that time of year again: our team is gearing up for the next SelectUSA Investment Summit. On June 20-22, 2018, the SelectUSA team will join thousands of international business investors, economic developers, and service providers at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center to convene the highest-level event of its kind in the United States. This past June, SelectUSA held its largest Investment Summit yet. Hosted by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and headlined by Secretaries Alexander Acosta (Labor), Steven T. Mnuchin (Treasury), and Rick Perry (Energy), as well as the UK Secretary ... Read More
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The NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional Credential Program Helps Advance U.S. Exports and International Trade

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About the authors: Yuki Fujiyama is a trade finance specialist in the Office of Finance and Insurance Industries and the author of the Trade Finance Guide: A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters. Fujiyama currently serves as an ex-officio Board Member of NASBITE International.  Cory Simek, the Executive Secretary of the Missouri District Export Council, currently serves as the Director of the ... Read More
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#FDIintheUSA: Nearly 7 Million American Jobs

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By Elizabeth Schaefer, Director of Investment Analysis, SelectUSA As Director of Investment Analysis, I am responsible for leading SelectUSA’s data evaluation efforts related to foreign direct investment (FDI) promotion in the United States. So, it was with great interest (and I’ll admit excitement) that I reviewed the newly released preliminary 2015 and revised 2014 FDI activity data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), which fo... Read More
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Helping the American Worker Succeed in a Global Marketplace

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This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog Helping the American Worker Succeed in a Global Marketplace As we celebrate Labor Day, the U.S. Department of Commerce is proud to express our appreciation for American workers and reiterate our commitment to helping Americans succeed in a global marketplace.  We fi... Read More
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How to Ensure Fast, Reliable Payments on International Transactions

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By Linda Abbruzzese, Senior International Trade Specialist, Office of Digital Initiatives, U.S. Commercial Service and Patrick Morris, Intern, Office of Strategic Partnerships, Industry and Analysis U.S. exporters face many challenges when meeting a foreign buyer who is interested in acquiring their product.  Knowing how to agree to a sale with a foreign buyer, and understanding how to handle the payment transactions can be challenging and frustrating to the exporter, especially when customers are located thousands of miles away.  Frequently, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not know how to correctly receive payment for their exports, or fear that once their shipment has left the United States, they will not... Read More
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From Interaction to Investment: Tools for Success in the U.S. Market

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This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy.  By Max Goldman, Intern, SelectUSA 2017 SelectUSA Summit show floor. At this summer’s SelectUSA Investment Summit (June 18-20, 2017), business investors from around the world and representatives from U.S. e... Read More
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Global Investment Creates Extraterrestrial Innovation and Hometown Jobs in Alabama

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By Sandor Galambos, SelectUSA Investment Specialist based in the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland. RUAG Space, a Switzerland-based company, recently cut the ribbon on its first U.S. manufacturing facility, taking a major step to propel growth in the United States. The 130,000 square-foot facility in Decatur, Alabama, will produce high-tech equipment for launch vehicles for outer space operations and will create opportunities for workers in Alabama. RUAG announced the facility in 2015 and has already created 50 new jobs there, with a plan to increase to 100 jobs over the next two years. The Alabama facility is the beginning for RUAG’s investment in the United States; the company is also in various stages of starting op... Read More
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SHIPPING OUT: ITA Participates In Ceremony Celebrating the First Shipment of U.S. Thermal Coal to Ukraine

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By Ryan Russell, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service Pittsburgh, Pa.  With the backdrop of a large Panamax cargo vessel and the solar eclipse, Deputy Chief of Staff for the Secretary of Commerce Performing the Duties of Under Secretary for International Trade Israel Hernandez joined U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Acting Assistant Secretary Griffith Wells, the Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States, and Xcoal Energy and Resources executives at the Port of Baltimore to celebrate the loading of the first shipment of Pennsylvania thermal coal to Ukraine on August 21. ... Read More
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Maritime Trade Partnership Leads to Big Returns for Small Businesses

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By Patrick Morris, Intern, Office of Strategic Partnerships The International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Global Marine Technology Team has been working since 2010 to help grow U.S. exports of marine technology. This specialized team helps U.S. marine technology companies take advantage of worldwide sales opportunities and engage in partnerships with U.S. maritime industry leaders. A mutual interest to support U.S. marine technology exports has forged a notable Strategic Partnership between ITA and The Maritime Alliance (TMA) that is yielding big wins for small businesses. ... Read More
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New UN Report Highlights United States Lead in Global FDI and Digital Economy

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By Harrison Frye, Intern, SelectUSA Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) plays an important role in the U.S. economy by creating jobs, increasing wealth, and raising living standards. The United States continues to hold the largest amount of FDI in the world. A new report released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) showed that the United States was also the largest recipient of FDI flows in 2016. ... Read More
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Congressional Office Commends e-Commerce Firm During ‘Made in America’ Week for Facilitating Medical Exports

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Susan Crawford is a Communications Specialist for the U.S. Commercial Service Pacific North Network. The U.S. Commercial Service is the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. VIA Global Health receives the U.S. Commercial Service Export Certificate for their achievements. Pictured from left to right: U.S. Commercial Service Seattle Director Diane Moone... Read More
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ITA Illuminates the Path for U.S. Lighting Manufacturers at the Guangzhou International Lighting Expo (GILE) U.S. Pavilion

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Gary Stanley is Director of ITA’s Office of Materials Industries, Industry & Analysis Attendees tour the USA Pavilion at the Guangzhou International Lighting Expo (GILE) trade show, where there was record high attendance at this ITA Trade Fair Certified event. Chinese customers and U.S. lighting product and service providers flooded the U.S. Pavilion at this year’s Guangzhou International Lighting Expo (GILE) trade show, reflecting the record high attendance at this ITA Trade Fair Certified event. For the U.S. lighting companies exhibit... Read More
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ITA’s Strategic Partnerships Helping eCommerce Firms Sell More Online, Overseas

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This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy.  By Patrick Morris, Intern in the Office of Strategic Partnerships Josh Halpern, Director of ITA’s eCommerce Innovation Lab, works with business leaders in workshops around the world to help them reach new, foreign markets online. Interested in entering new overseas, ... Read More
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Arlington County, Va.: Showcasing at SelectUSA

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This post is part of SelectUSA’s EDO Spotlight series, highlighting the work of EDOs around the country recruiting foreign direct investment, how that work supports jobs and economic growth across the United States, and how SelectUSA partners with EDOs to support economic development.  By Natalie Monkou, Business Development Manager, Arlington Economic Development. As a region, the Greater Washington area is a prime destination for international companies that want to expand and grow in the United States. Arlington’s... Read More
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Learn Exporting Essentials to Capitalize on Foreign Markets

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This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. By Linda Abbruzzese, Senior International Trade Specialist at the Office of Digital Initiatives, U.S. Commercial Service and Patrick Morris, Intern at the Office of Strategic Partnerships, Industry and Analysis The U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA), is collaborating with the National Customs Brokers Freight Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Educational Institute to present an exporting mechanics webinar series. The NCBFAA represents more than 970 member compan... Read More
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Meet the Experts Through ITA Trade Events

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By Anne Driscoll, Assistant Secretary for Industry & Analysis and Tom McGinty, National Director for U.S. Operations, U.S. Commercial Service No matter what business you’re in, chances are that as an exporter you use U.S. and international trade shows and industry or market-focused workshops, seminars, and conferences as part of your marketing mix.  As the federal agency primarily responsible for international trade matters, ITA understands this and works to fulfill the needs of companies that export with an eclectic mix of events. Major Trade Shows At 25 or more major U.S. industry shows every year, ITA provides export experts who counsel, offer market briefings, and connect U.S. exh... Read More
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Foreign Direct Investment: Driving Global Competitiveness and Innovation

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This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Economic and Development Administration  Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) plays an important role in the U.S. economy. It leads to the creation of jobs, an increase in wealth and living standards, and overall growth and innovation that drive the U.S. economic competitiveness. Last month, the Commerce Department hosted the ... Read More
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Small Medical Technology Firm Overcomes Shipping Challenges and Succeeds in International Sales

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Pompeya Lambrecht is a senior international trade specialist in the U.S. Commercial Service Northern Virginia office and a member of the Global Healthcare Team. The U.S. Commercial Service is the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Last year I met Patrick Cheng, CEO of eKare, Inc., when he was signing a distribution agreement to sell his firm’s medical wound imaging devices in Asia and other regions throughout the world.  This is a big success for the Washington, D.C., area start-up that wasestablished in 2014.  However, without previous international shipping experience, Cheng needed help figuring out how best to... Read More
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U.S. Exporters Poised to Capitalize on Global Demand for Smart Grid Products and Services

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By Vickie Gunderson, Smart Grid Analyst This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. The average number of Internet-connected devices per household is expected to increase five-fold by 2022, leading to potentially over 50 billion connected devices by 2025.  As more devices are connected to the Internet– in our homes, offices, and manufacturing facilities – it is becoming increasing more critical that people have access to reliable, secure, affordable, and clean electricity to power them.  And U.S. firms that provide the products and services... Read More
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Helping North Carolina Small Businesses Learn How to Access Finance and Get Paid from Export Sales!

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Yuki Fujiyama, a trade finance specialist in the Office of Finance and Insurance Industries and the author of the Trade Finance Guide: A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters, currently serves as the Global Finance Team Leader.  Greg Sizemore, the Executive Secretary of the North Carolina District Export Council, currently serves as the Director of the U.S. Commercial Service North Carolina. This post contains externa... Read More
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SelectUSA for Innovation, Knowledge, and Opportunity – 365 Days a Year

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By Fred Volcansek, Executive Director, SelectUSAThe 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit, June 18-20, concluded this afternoon. SelectUSA Executive Director Fred Volcansek looks back on the historic Summit and forward to SelectUSA’s ongoing mission: bringing job-creating investment to the United States. Summaries of Sunday and Monday be found here (day one) and here (day two). I joined SelectUSA to help global businesses succeed by putting the American people first. As I... Read More
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Day Two: The 2017 SelectUSA Summit Continues

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By Fred Volcansek, Executive Director, SelectUSA The second day of the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit was one for the record books. On Monday, June 19, we welcomed more than 2,800 attendees – our largest Summit yet – from 51 U.S. states and territories and 64 global markets to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Photo from the Klaxoon announcement ceremony – Klaxoon CEO Matthieu Beucher (left) and SelectUSA Executive Director Fred Volcansek (right) Deputy Chief of Staff... Read More
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And So It Begins: Day One of the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit

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By Fred Volcansek, Executive Director, SelectUSA Today, we kicked off the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit with the SelectUSA Investment Academy, a half-day, 25-session program designed to offer a deeper dive into the U.S. investment process. Economic developers and international business investors converged on the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center with one goal: to make the most of their time at the Summit. The “Make It in Rural America” Academy session. From left to right: Heather Ranck, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce; Brett Doney, CEO, Great Falls Development Authority, State of Montana;... Read More
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Join ITA at OPEN for Government Contracting: Summit for Success

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Jamie Merriman is Acting Director of ITA’s Office of Strategic Partnerships Interested in learning how to navigate the government contracting landscape, including opportunities for international contracts and sales?  Join ITA and American Express at its 9th annual OPEN for Government Contracting: Summit for Success in Washington DC on June 15th.  The event helps small and middle market business owners get the insight and experience they need to do business with the world’s largest customer: the U.S. government*. This year, for the first time ever, the event... Read More
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Swiss Companies Like Orelikon Select the USA

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Sandor Galambos is a SelectUSA Investment Specialist based in the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland. With a total stock of $143.5 billion, Switzerland is one of the largest sources of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. More than 460,000 American workers are directly employed by the U.S. affiliates of majority Swiss-owned firms. Swiss manufacturer Oerlikon has a global footprint in 37 countries, supporting sales of more than $2.3 billion in 2016. Even with such a massive global operation, the company was looking for a location to start new operations to solidify its global market position in additive manufacturing. Like many companies in the world, Oerlikon looked to th... Read More
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In Idaho, Rural is a Great Investment

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By Megan Ronk, Director, Idaho Commerce In Idaho, we know as well as anyone what great opportunities rural America provides to businesses from across the world. From a highly skilled workforce, government support, and unmatched natural resources, more and more businesses are realizing the advantages of investing in rural states like Idaho. During the last several years, Idaho has become home to many significant relocation and expansion projects. Chobani’s decision to build the world’s largest yogurt facility in Twin Falls raised eyebrows around the world. But the company’s decision to invest in our state, plus numerous other examples, highlights Idaho’s diverse economy, and the many ways rural America can s... Read More
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Automotive Parts Trade Missions to Nicaragua and Honduras, September 26-28

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Todd Peterson, is an International Trade Specialist in the Office of Transportation and Machinery and Team Lead for the Auto Care Association’s Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) The International Trade Administration and Auto Care Association are excited to announce two trade missions to Nicaragua and Honduras for 2017, as part of the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) award the association received from the U.S. Department of Commerce to support export promotion projects in Latin America.  Companies do not have to be a member of the Auto Care Association to apply. The Automotive Parts Tra... Read More
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Expanding Exports of U.S. Personal Care and Beauty Products

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Jamie Merriman is Acting Director of ITA’s Office of Strategic Partnerships With more than $12 billion in exports in 2016, U.S. branded personal care and cosmetics are among the most highly desired brands in many overseas markets.  During the past five years, U.S. exports in the sector have grown at five percent to six percent annually.  Employing thousands of Americans across the country, the U.S. personal care and beauty industry is a critical component of the U.S. economy. North American Beauty Events (NABE) became an International Trade Administration Strategic Partner to help U.S. companies in this sector deliver their high-quality products and... Read More
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Finding Unique International Investment Opportunities in Montgomery County, Maryland

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Guest blog post by Spiros Balntas, CEcD, Director of Business Recruitment, MCEDC This post is part of SelectUSA’s EDO Spotlight series, highlighting the work of EDOs around the country recruiting foreign direct investment, how that work supports jobs and economic growth across the United States, and how SelectUSA partners with EDOs to support economic development. Next door to the nation’s capital is a bustling business center that is building a powerful innovative base for emerging industries. With one million residents, Montgomery County is the most populous county in Maryland, and home to more than 32,000 businesses, including 227 internationally owned companies. These global companies have a major ... Read More
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Where do thousands of U.S. Exporters look for advice?

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Export.gov, U.S. Commercial Service offer trade expertise to help your business compete and succeed in the global marketplace David Fiscus is the Regional Director of the Pacific North, U.S. Commercial ServiceLooking to add international sales to your bottom line? Why wait? There’s a lot you can do today to accelerate your entry into global markets. One of your first stops should be a visit to export.gov, where you can find export-related educational articles and videos, tools, local events, market intelligence, and much more. Each year, thousands of U.S. companies navigate the export.gov... Read More
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The U.S. Government Pavilion at the SelectUSA Investment Summit – Federal Investment Resources at Your Fingertips

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Andrew Owusu is an Intern at SelectUSA The 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit provides a platform to communicate economic priorities and affirm the United States as the number one destination in the world for foreign direct investment.  Looking for U.S. economic data and analysis? The U.S. Government (USG) Pavilion in the Exhibition Hall at the Summit will feature representatives from federal agencies that can help participants find and understand U.S. economic indicators. They include: The Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) which performs high-quality economic analysis, disseminates national economic indicators   and fosters the mission of... Read More
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ITA & Global Futures Group Partner to Focus on Smart Cities

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Earlier this month, ITA Strategic Partner Global Futures Group (GFG) hosted the 2017 Smart Cities: Powered by People Conference (SCNYC17) in Brooklyn. This was the first show of its kind to focus on the importance of citizen participation in making cities “smart.” The four-day event brought together global mayors, CTOs, CIOs, civil society organizations, non-profits, the private sector, and thought leaders from around the world for discussions and debates on the key issues confronting modern urban leaders in their efforts to improve the quality of life in their cities. ITA’s U.S. Commercial Service Office... Read More
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President’s “E” Awards Highlight the Importance of Exporting U.S. Goods and Services

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On Monday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross kicked off World Trade Week by honoring 32 U.S companies and organizations during the President’s “E” Award. Winners of the 2017 “E” Awards represent diverse communities in 23 U.S. states and Guam. Among the honorees, 26 are small and medium-sized businesses and 11 firms are manufacturers. This year’s recipients included Johnsonville, LLC  of Sheboygan Falls, Wisc. The company started as a small butcher shop by the late Ralph F. and Alice Stayer and has now expanded to become the nation’s No. 1 sausage brand.  Its products, which include bratwu... Read More
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Administration Moves Forward with Plans to Renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Seeks Comments from the U.S. Public

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John Andersen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere On May 18, the Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As provided by the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, this notification triggers a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico can begin. As part of the 90-day process – and in an effort to hear from you – the Administration has published a Federal Register Notice (FRN) soliciting public comments on the renegotiation. Per the FRN, the Administration seeks comments on general and product-specific negotiating objectives, as well as comments on specific provisions.  Fo... Read More
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World Trade Week: Celebrating the Achievements of American Exporters

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This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. Sarah Kemp is the Acting Deputy Under Secretary at the International Trade Administration U.S. Sec... Read More
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Colorado congressman recognizes CS Denver client as state’s 2016 Exporter of the Year

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Stephen J. Collier is a Communications Specialist in the Southwest Network for the U.S. Commercial Service U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) joined leaders from the City of Aurora earlier this month to recognize a U.S. Commercial Service-Denver client as the state’s 2016 Exporter of the Year. Representative Coffman, the Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, city council leadership and leaders from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recognized AvTech International, LLC Owner and CEO Yonas Solomon for his exporting achievement. “It’s very exciting to have the state’s 2016 Exporter of the Year come out of this the 6th Congressional ... Read More
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You Should Export

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Tony Pu is an International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Commercial Service Office in Philadelphia What’s next for your business? Maybe you’ve learned that demand in your industry sector is growing in another country, but aren’t sure how to take your domestic business global. In today’s fast-moving economy, it can be challenging to research and develop a plan for your company’s international growth. As many successful exporters have already found out, it’s worth investing time and effort to cultivate foreign sales. If your business is already established in the United States, one of the worlds’s most open and competitive markets, that’s a good indicator for international success.  Moreover, with mo... Read More
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SelectUSA Investment Academy – New Pathways to Investment Promotion Success June 18, 2017

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By Elena Volkava, Intern, SelectUSA  The 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit (June 18-20) is next month! This one-of-a-kind event brings together more than 2,000 attendees enabling international businesses to find the people, the resources, and market opportunities in the United States.  Are you considering an investment in the United States or looking for new ideas to guide your economic development strategy? SelectUSA offers a half-day interactive program – the Investment Academy – with more than 20 workshops. With a focus on practical information and best practices, these workshops are designed specifically to answer questions about establishing and maintaining successful bus... Read More
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National Travel and Tourism Week

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National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), now in its 34th year, is the annual salute to travel and tourism in America.  During the first full week in May, communities across our nation unite to showcase the impact of travel to policymakers, business leaders and local media with rallies, events and other activities. While the industry is focused on celebrating this week, the National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO), U.S. Foreign and Co... Read More
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U.S. Commercial Service expertise can help US firms succeed in the global medical device market

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This blog was authored by U.S. Commercial Service Global Healthcare Team Leader September Secrist. The U.S. Commercial Service is the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. The worldwide medical device market is expected to reach $398 billion in 2017, and the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) can help U.S. firms take advantage of this huge export potential.  Exporting helps U.S. medical device companies increase sales, maintain or increase jobs and weather economic changes, but many firms think they are too small or that exporting is too complicated. Approximately 80 percent of U.S. medical device firms are small and medium-sized businesses. Many are already expo... Read More
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Provide Input on the United States Trade Deficit

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The Trump administration is analyzing the causes of America’s persistent and massive trade deficits. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross is asking for input from American stakeholders on the factors that contribute to the more than $500-billion-annual goods and services trade deficit facing the United States. The comment period is already underway with the deadline for submissions on Wednesday, May 10. The Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative w... Read More
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Looking Back at Hannover Messe and Forward to the SelectUSA Investment Summit

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Kenneth Hyatt, Under Secretary for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce  It was an honor to represent the United States at the largest industrial technology trade show in the world last month. It was also an inspiring look into how and why the United States continues to lead on the cutting edge of innovation and opportunity. Hannover Messe 2017 (April 24-28, in Hannover, Germany) brought the global industrial technology industry together in one location. More than 200,000 attendees from over 60 countries got a chance to see incredible technology in action. From always-connected household devices to augmented-reality goggles, “Industry 4.0” was in full force across 27 conference halls. The ... Read More
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Opportunities for U.S. Agricultural Equipment Exporters

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Padraic Sweeney is a Team Leader for the International Trade Administration’s Office of Industry & Analysis   Despite a negative overall outlook for 2017-2018, opportunities exist for U.S. agricultural equipment exporters willing to pursue them. The Black Sea Region has emerged as a major exporter of wheat, fueling Russian and Ukrainian imports of U.S. machinery. Low interest rates and funding from Brussels enable farmers in several European Union countries to invest in equipment. Western Hemisphere markets including Mexico,... Read More
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Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Reaching New Markets

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Natalie Soroka is an Economist in the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis ... Read More
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Commercial Service Officers travel through Northern California spreading the word about export opportunities in Asia

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Susan Crawford is a Communications Specialist for the Pacific North Region at the International Trade Administration  Do you know which Asia-Pacific nation has experienced 25 consecutive years of growth? Or which one has the world’s highest R&D investment per capita? Can you name the Asian powerhouse that recently liberalized its energy sector? If you are an exporter from Northern California, and met a few of our senior commercial officers at one of several events last month, chances are you know the answers to these questions. Australia. Korea. Japan. Asia is a such an important export market that the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) offices in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay area jumped on the ... Read More
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AIMing for a Stronger Economic Partnership between the United States and the UAE

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Micah Escobedo is a Communication Specialist at SelectUSA, a Program within the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. Last week was a big one for SelectUSA as we and the U.S. Commercial Service hosted the inaugural SelectUSA Investment Pavilion at one of the largest investment events in the world – the Annual Investment Mission (AIM) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). AIM is an increasingly import... Read More
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U.S. Innovations on Display at HANNOVER MESSE 2017

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Jason Lindesmith is a Communications Specialist at the International Trade Administration Robotic arms with eyes. Glasses and helmets that revolutionize how employees on the manufacturing floor do their job. Software programs that transform old-school machines into integrated industry 4.0 solutions. These innovations are just a small sample of the U.S. technology on display this week at HANNOVER MESSE 2017. ... Read More
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Grow With Us: Top 5 Reasons to Attend the 2017 #SelectUSASummit

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Elena Volkava is an Intern with SelectUSA, a Program within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. She is a Graduate Student Studying International Development at Georgetown University. With a total foreign direct investment (FDI) stock of $3.1 trillion, the United States is the world’s top destination for business investment. In less than 90 days, the nation’s top FDI event comes back to the Washington, D.C., area, offering insight on the United States’ innovative business climate and featuring investment opportunities from every corner of the country. The ... Read More
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European FDI in the United States

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Michael Jarand is an Investment Analyst in the International Trade Administration’s SelectUSA Program. This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. Hannover Messe – the world’s leading industrial technology trade show – is quickly approaching and SelectUSA will be in attendance! As outlined by Jana Dorband in a previous blog post, Hannover Messe is a great opportunity to interact with thousands of potential investors. In ... Read More
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Global CEOs Continue to Show Confidence in the United States as a Business Destination

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Fred W. Volcansek, Sr., is the Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA Program. For the fifth year in a row, global business executives have named the United States as the top destination for business investment, according to A.T. Kearney’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index. This is excellent news, because FDI creates jobs and contributes to economic development across the United States. It is a direct reflection of the appeal of the U.S. economy and how it enables businesses of any size to access a consumer base of 325 million citizens, employ a productive workforce, a... Read More
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Initiative to Facilitate Data Flows in Asia Scores Big Wins

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Michelle Sylvester-Jose is an International Trade Specialist at the International Trade Administration The ability of U.S. businesses to transfer data across borders received a big boost last month as Singapore, Chinese Taipei and the Philippines communicated their plans to join the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system. The three economies join South Korea, which submitted its Intent to Participate earlier this year. With these new a... Read More
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Department of Commerce Releases Report on Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Petitions

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Morgan Barr, Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis in ITA’s Industry & Analysis Division On April 10, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., released the Department’s report on petitions submitted to temporarily reduce or suspend the tariffs paid on particular imported products. With this report, Commerce completes an important step in the new process outlined by Congress in The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (AMCA) of 2016. When more than 2,500 petitions were submitted to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) at the end of 2016, Commerce got to work on its review.  Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Ag... Read More
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Companies from 15 Countries Expanded in Oakland County, Michigan in the Metro Detroit Region in 2016

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More than 40 percent of total job-supporting investment came from foreign-owned firms. This post is part of SelectUSA’s EDO Spotlight series, highlighting the work of EDOs around the country recruiting foreign direct investment, how that work supports jobs and economic growth across the United States, and how SelectUSA partners with EDOs to support economic development. Located in the heart of the Metro Detroit region, Oakland County, Michigan, has long been a community open and inviting to foreign direct invest (FDI) from around the world. This investment supports nearly 6.4 million U.S. jobs, and over 200,000 jobs in Michigan, making it a great driver of growth in our state.... Read More
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SelectUSA Delivering on the Promise to Create Jobs

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Fred W. Volcansek is the Executive Director for the Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA Program. It is my great honor to serve the American people – and the business investors who support job creation across the nation – as the Executive Director of SelectUSA, a program that I see as among the most exciting in the U.S. government. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said on his first day in office that the United States is entering a period of economic revival. Our team at SelectUSA will be on the forefront of this revival—working to attract business investment in the United States and create opportunities for American workers. Sele... Read More
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Acting Director General Judy Reinke Travels to San Antonio to Join a 50-Member Delegation from Across the Americas and to Meet with local District Export Council (DEC) Members

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Shawn Ricks is a Senior Policy Advisor for CS/Global Markets – Western Hemisphere Earlier this week, Acting Director General Judy Reinke represented the International Trade Administration(ITA) at the Seventh Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACE VII), which commenced a six-day tour (April 2-7) of the Central Texas region, with stops in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, San Marcos, College Station, and Austin. ACE VII participants include high-level policy and decision makers from government, business, and academia, representing 25 countries from across the Western Hemisphere, as well as Germany and... Read More
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Professional Football as the Jacksonville Region’s Gateway to Foreign Direct Investment

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Jerry Mallot is the President of JAXUSA Partnership, Northeast Florida’s regional economic development organization (EDO) based in Jacksonville. Learn more about the organization at JAXUSA.org.   This post is part of SelectUSA’s EDO Spotlight series, highlighting the work of EDOs around the country recruiting foreign direct investment, how that work supports jobs and economic growth across the United States, and how SelectUSA partners with EDOs to support economic development. A unique coordination between a National Football League franchise and a regional economic development group is supporting hundreds of U.S. jobs in Northern Florid... Read More
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Cross Border eCommerce Payment System Strategies

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James Bledsoe is the Deputy Director of the eCommerce Innovation Lab based out of Tacoma, Washington. eCommerce isn’t just the future – it is now. eCommerce issues currently shape the way businesses structure and strategize, and will continue to be a primary business factor for the foreseeable future. The Return on Investment (ROI) for businesses that seriously pursue an eCommerce strategy varies– a business with up to $1 million in annual sales can realistically achieve a median annual sales growth rate of up to 137 percent as a result of its eComme... Read More
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Wisconsin Economic Innovation Flows Through International Collaboration

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Katy Sinnott is Vice President of International Business Development for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the state’s lead economic development agency. Foreign direct investment (FDI) is a significant driver of Wisconsin’s economy, directly supporting 90,000 jobs across multiple industries. WEDC is dedicated to increasing FDI in Wisconsin by nourishing international connections and identifying new opportunities collaboration. This post is part of SelectUSA’s EDO Spotlight series, highlighting the work of EDOs around the country recruiting foreign direct investment, how that work supports jobs and economic growth across the United States, a... Read More
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ITA Supports the National Association of Home Builders 75th Anniversary and 2017 International Builders Show

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Alexis Haakensen is Senior Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary, Industry and Analysis The NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) is the largest annual light construction show in the world, attracting more than 60,000 visitors and 1,500 exhibitors from 100 countries.  IBS brings together the industry’s most important global manufacturers and suppliers to showcase the latest products, materials and technologies for all types of buildings — includi... Read More
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South Korea Submits Intent to Participate in Asia-Pacific Data Transfer Agreement: the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules System

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Michael Rose is a Policy Advisory in the Office of Digital Services Industries Another country is making it easier for companies to transfer personal data across borders, while at the same time, raising privacy standards. In January 2017, South Korea submitted its Intent to Participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) System.  The CBPR system facilitates commercial transfers of personal ... Read More
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Colorado: Attracting FDI by the Numbers

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article By Dan Lane, Global Business Manager, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade At the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT), attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) is an important part of our overall mission to create a healthy economy for our state. Foreign companies doing business in Colorado create jobs for our residents, build our state’s international connectivity, and help to fill gaps in our economy. Looking back, 2016 was another s... Read More
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Miscellaneous Tariff Bills Public Comment Period Opens

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Jeffrey Eversman is an International Economist in ITA’s Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis The U.S. International Trade Commission’s (USITC) Public Comment Period for the 2016 Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) cycle will begin tomorrow, January 11, 2017. The USITC published a Federal Register notice, which can be found on the USITC MTB website, inviting the public to comment on the list of petitions it received during the MTB submission period. The website includes details and specific dates for filing... Read More
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A Middle Class Market of 350 Million People

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Curt Cultice is a Senior Communications Specialist in ITA’s U.S. Commercial Service Country Commercial Guides Put Africa into Focus With so many global opportunities, what are some expert suggestions as to which markets U.S. companies should include in their initial research?  In a recent blog, Jack Leslie, Chairman of Weber Shandwick and the U.S. African Development Foundation as well as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa, offers some valuable insight: “T... Read More
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Get Ready for Hannover Messe 2017!

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Jana Dorband is Senior Investment Specialist at the U.S. Embassy Berlin Hannover Messe – the world’s leading industrial technology trade show – will take place on April 24 – 28 2017. SelectUSA will again lead a robust delegation to the event, and host the U.S. Investment Pavilion in Hall 3.  Hannover Messe 2017 – the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology – is just around the corner.  Once again, the United States Investment Pavilion will provide a platform for U.S. economic deve... Read More
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Ringing in 2017 with a Focus on Foreign Direct Investment

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Vinai Thummalapally is Executive Director of SelectUSA “There’s no substitute for those three proud words: ‘Made in America.’” Thus began my first ever blog post as Executive Director of SelectUSA in 2013.  These words were spoken by none other than President Barack Obama on October 31, 2013 addressing participants of the inaugural SelectUSA Investment Summit.  Clearly the words made an impression – and it’s been a very good year for foreign direct investment (FDI). ... Read More
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Questor Technology: A Success Story

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Audrey Mascarenhas is President and CEO of Calgary-based Questor Technology Inc. Questor is a clean technology company whose core commercial business is providing high efficiency waste gas incineration.  Energy efficiency is a key benefit with Questor and this has resulted in additional technology offerings such as waste heat to power and waste water vaporization. As Questor continues to provide solutions that eliminate toxic gases and result in cleaner air, these new technologies that utilize excess heat will lower costs and increase site... Read More
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Pennsylvania Offers Experience, Knowledge & Diversity to International Companies

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Kate Skopp, Director of Global Partnerships & Operations, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Office of International Business Development.  Companies of all sizes and industries from around the world have been able to find a place in Pennsylvania’s business community and reap the benefits of investing in our diverse market. In fact, our state is home to 6,100 foreign-owned companies – businesses that employ more than 330,000 Pennsylvanians across the state. ... Read More
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International Buyer Program Select Recruits Buyers and Supports U.S. Exhibitors at the National RV Trade Show

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article ITA’s International Buyer Program SELECT once again supported the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY, Nov. 28 – Dec. 1, 2016. The Program helps promote the show to target markets in an effort to draw pre-screened foreign buyers to meet with U.S. exhibitors at the event.  The National RV Show is an industry- only event, organized by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), which features approximately 900 motorhomes and travel trailers by 50 manufacturers and ov... Read More
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SEDC: Taking a Regional Approach to Promoting FDI

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. Guest blog post by Gene Stinson, President, Southern Economic Development Council As the membership association for more than 1,000 economic development professionals across 17 southern states, the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) enthusiastically aids its members seeking foreign direct investment (FDI) in their communities. SEDC members include statewide, city, town and county economic development organizations (EDOs)... Read More
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Not Seeing Us at CES 2017 Equals $0 of International Money

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Derrick Small is a Communication Specialist for the International Trade Administration No long reading, we’ll do you a favor and state the list of reasons upfront. We are bringing buyers. Businesses have gone global – 95 percent of the world’s consumers are outside of the United States. Our country specialist and industry representatives are available at the Consumer Electronics Show to help increase your company’s market entry opportunities. Now in its 50... Read More
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Largest Annual U.S. Government Trade Mission Heads to Southeast Europe

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Leslie Drake is the Director of the U.S. Commercial Service Team in West Virginia, and is Project Director for the Trade Winds-Southeast Europe Forum and Trade Mission. After ten years of creating business success for hundreds of U.S. companies in promising markets around the world, I’m proud to announce that the Trade Winds forum and trade mission will head to Southeast Europe in October 2017. Our Commercial Service team will lead U.S. companies from across business sectors to m... Read More
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Partnering to Support America’s Independent Music Industry

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Jamie Merriman is Acting Director of ITA’s Office of Strategic Partnerships The American music industry is integral to the U.S. economy and its culture. The growth of the U.S. music industry has a multiplier effect, impacting businesses in other industries, including technology, manufacturing, television, film, advertising, and video gaming. Recognizing the importance of music to the U.S. economy and its potential for growth in the international market, the International Trade Administration (ITA) partnered w... Read More
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How Manufacturers Can Energize Their Trade Show Cycle in 2017

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article By Pamela Plagens Manufacturers are always looking for synergies within their operations: when two things work together to deliver a result that’s greater than their individual impact. Now, allow us at ITA help your company realize the synergy of participating in two of ITA’s most important events in 2017 to grow your international sales: Discover Global Markets: Advanced Manufacturing and HANNOVER MESSE. ... Read More
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Putting the “Global” in Global Delaware

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Emma Pautler is Marketing Director of Global Delaware  For Global Delaware, 2016 has been an exciting and busy year. We have long known of the critical role foreign direct investment (FDI) plays in our state economy; indeed, FDI in Delaware directly supports more than 28,000 jobs. But sometimes it is just as important to pause and reflect on how it all comes about.  The First State is known for its business friendly corporate law – and part of our work at Global Delaware is focused on showcasing this – not to mentio... Read More
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Finding Foreign Buyers Through eCommerce Sales Channels

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article James Bledsoe is Deputy Director of the eCommerce Innovation Lab eCommerce is the future of cross-border trade.  Most conservative estimates posit that ecommerce will be responsible for over 50% of all global sales by 2020; this percentage is even higher in the retail sector. Around the world, 95% of the global consumers hold 75% of the global purchasing power—is  your business in a position to connect with these online consumers?  With ecommerce sales, it is not so much about finding the buyers online, but rather... Read More
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Three Reasons to Apply to the U.S. Maritime Technology Export Initiative

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Derrick Small is a Communications Specialist for the Pacific South Network for the U.S. Commercial Service This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. Recently, the U.S. Commercial Service of the International Trade Administration (ITA) along with The Maritime Alliance (TMA) announced the first Maritime Technology Initiative to support U.S. Blue Tech companies with global expansion. The press conference included TMA executives, Congresswoman Susan ... Read More
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First Meeting of Trade Finance Advisory Council Seeks Increased Access to Finance for U.S. Exporters

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Ericka Ukrow is a Senior International Trade Specialist in the Office of Finance and Insurance Industries The Department of Commerce has responded to the needs of its clients and partners – it is stepping up efforts to expand private sector trade finance with the inaugural meeting of the Trade Finance Advisory Council (TFAC). The Council is comprised of 20 private-sector leaders representing banks, financial technology companies, other trade finance organizations, exp... Read More
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Foreign Investment Breathes New Life Into Ohio City

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Guest blog post by Kristi Tanner, Automotive Senior Managing Director, JobsOhio On October 7, Fuyao Glass America, a subsidiary of China-based Fuyao Group, celebrated the grand opening of its auto glass manufacturing facility in Moraine, a small industrial city just south of Dayton, Ohio. The company invested nearly $600 million to convert a shuttered General Motors assembly plant into the world’s largest auto glass fabrication facility – the largest capital investment east of the Mississippi by a Chinese company. ... Read More
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El Paso plastic molding company grows international sales by $8 million, exports 85 percent of product

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article After years of working with the U.S. Commercial Service, a plastics molding company here has expanded its profit margin by more than $8 million and created more than 100 jobs through cross-border sales into Mexico. Plastic Molding Technology, Inc., a manufacturer of injection-molded plastic components that produces more than 150 million parts per year, has worked with the U.S. Commercial Service in El Paso and New Mexico since 2011. During that time, Robert Queen, Director of U.S. Com... Read More
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Put Your Company at the Export Starting Gate

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Country Commercial Guides Cover 97 Percent of World Economy Outside of the United States By Curt Cultic, Senior Communications Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, International Trade Administration So what’s new on the export horizon for your company? Perhaps it’s narrowing down your choice of a new market in which to export, finding the latest market intelligence, or looking for the best way to pursue market entry strategies. Whatever your needs, when conducting research on foreign markets, do what thousands ... Read More
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North American Integration and Partnership

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Stephen Sullivan is an International Trade Specialist in the Office of North America. Gina Bento is a Commerical Specialist in the Office of North America This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy. In a climate where many believe that companies are leaving the U.S. in to produce goods where labor is less expensive, one Canadian company has shown how much it values U.S. labor and its critical North American supply chain.  Gildan Activewear Inc. is a manufacturer of T-shirt... Read More
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U.S.-China Tourism Year 2016

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Julie Heizer is Deputy Director of the National Travel and Tourism Office  Not only an important trading partner, China is a critically important travel and tourism market for the United States. It plays an enormous role in our ability to reach the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism Strategy’s goal of welcoming 100 million international visitors annually to the United States by 2021. ... Read More
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The APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules: Advancing Privacy and Digital Trade in Asia

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article By Andrew Flavin, Policy Advisor, Office of Digital Services IndustriesOver the last year, just about everyone in the trade community heard about Privacy Shield, a mechanism for transferring personal information between the United States and Europe. But you might ask, “what about the rest of the world?” Part of the answer lies in the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules system (CBPRs), a mechanism to raise standards for the protection of personal information while ensuring that data can flo... Read More
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Fueling the Future: Taking the U.S. – Japan Relationship to the Troposphere and Beyond

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article By Keida Ackerman, Senior Investment Specialist, SelectUSA I recently had the honor and great pleasure of participating in the Washington, D.C. portion of the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (OCCI) Hydrogen Fuel Cell (HFC) Mission – part of a week-long effort to inspire an HFC conversation around ideas that not only have a positive economic impact, but also hold broader implications for our communities and our planet. This mission – another milestone in a vibrant commerci... Read More
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A growing partnership: Michigan Aerospace Manufacturing Association

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Jason Lindesmith is a Communications Specialist for the U.S. Commercial Service’s Great Lakes Network This post contains external links. Please review our external linking policy Earlier this month, the Acting Director of ITA’s Office of Strategic Partnerships shared how partnerships at ITA ultimately help American businesses while broadening the base of exporters around the country. I would like to offer one example of a budding partnership the U.S. Commercial Service has within in the ae... Read More
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Smart Cities, Collaboration & the Chicago Cubs: Highlights from Discover Global Markets

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article By Vinay Vijay Singh, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Global Markets and Michael Marangell, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service.  In addition to heading the Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series, Vinay heads the International Trade Administration’s Smart City Task Force and recently published Smart Cities, Regions & Communities: Export Opportunities.  Michael was part of the team that designed and executed the recent DGM forum in Chicago. It took 108 years for ... Read More
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The Role Foreign Investment Plays in Shaping U.S. Workforce Development

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article This month, SelectUSA is pleased to feature a new multi-part guest blog focusing on workforce opportunities. These posts are authored by members of the Federal Interagency Investment Working Group (IIWG), which is responsible for coordinating activities across federal agencies that promote investment. Read the first entry here. Guest blog post by John Ladd, Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor... Read More
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Plan Your Market Entry Strategy with New Video Series Real World Advice from an International Trade Specialist

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Debbie Dirr is an International Trade Specialist for the U.S. Commercial Service It’s just before 9:00 am on a Monday morning when I settle in for another day’s work as an International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service Cincinnati. I manage the Cincinnati’s satellite office at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, serving as a consultant to U.S. businesses in order to help them plan strategies for export growth. I receive about 30 calls or e... Read More
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The Hershey Company: Nutritional Mainstream Commerce in Ghana

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[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Female" buttontext="Play"] / Go to Source Article Bill Fanjoy is the Director of the U.S. Commercial Service Team in Virginia. Four years ago, a business consultant from Project Peanut Butter (PPB) walked into my International Trade Administation (ITA) office in Arlington, Virginia, and showed me a “60 Minutes” news clip called “Plumpynut: The Miracle Food.” It described a ready-to-use therapeutic formula (RUTF) that treats a malnourished child in a number of weeks. RUTFs are much more accessible and inexpensive than going to a hospital, which is often too... Read More