April 2011

Welcome to the latest update from Invest in America, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s program to promote foreign direct investment to the United States This monthly update is meant to provide a few quick points highlighting some activities of Invest in America.

Invest in America Outreach

Invest in America will participate in:

Recent Invest in America participation:

Other Upcoming FDI-Related Events:

  • May 12 – 13: 3rd German American Energy Conference 2011 Renewable energy and system integration conference in Berlin – The German American Chambers of Commerce (GACC) and the German Energy Agency are hosting the 3rd German American Energy Conference in Berlin. Select business and political experts and decision makers will report on the topic “Global Energy Challenges – Transatlantic Business Opportunities.” For registration and more information:www.gae-conference.com.
  • May 19 – 20: The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) will be holding a Korea Overseas Investment Fair (KOIF) at COEX in Seoul. The event will be an opportunity for economic development organizations to promote themselves as a destination for foreign direct investment to Korean companies in attendance. For more information please emailyuhyunju@kotra.or.kr or call +82 2 3460 7358.

Reports of Note

  • Shaping the Green Growth Economy” is published by Green Growth Leaders, an international alliance based in Copenhagen, Denmark and the Pathways Project at the University of California, Berkeley signifying economic growth potential through emissions reductions. It concludes that innovation-led emissions reductions may lead to the creation of new industries and business models that provide growth potential.
  • The Congressional Research Service recently published “Foreign Direct Investment in the United States: An Economic Analysis” by James K. Jackson, which studies FDI trends in recent years. It indicates that FDI in the United States is likely to continue increasing as the rate of growth in the U.S. economy rises, interest rates stay low and the rate of price inflation remains consistent. It also highlights financing tools like intercompany debt that U.S. companies engaged in FDI used to endure a tough global economic environment. The report identifies the largest sources of FDI by country and industry sectors. It analyzes statistics published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) in the past few years. The latest BEA data on international investments can be found at www.bea.gov.
  • Ernst & Young released a report entitled “Competitiveness of state and local business taxes on new investment” that evaluates U.S. states by tax liabilities on new investment in select industries.


  • Inquiries to date in 2011: 74
  • Ombudsman cases in 2011: 12

Invest in America’s ombudsman program has achieved a number of successes in working across the federal government to address investor concerns and issues involving federal agencies. If a foreign investor has a federal-level issue that is jeopardizing an investment in the United States, please contact Aaron Brickman at 202-482-5199 or email Invest in America ataaron.brickman@trade.gov.

We invite you to connect with us through the “Invest in America” group on Linkedin.com.

Please address all comments and suggestions to info@investamerica.gov. For more information about Invest in America, please visit our website at www.investamerica.gov.

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