24 October 2013
President Obama launched SelectUSA in 2011 as the first U.S. governmentwide initiative to promote investment in the United States. This first summit will connect foreign companies and investors with local, state and regional economic development organizations.
“The strong interest we are seeing in the SelectUSA Investment Summit demonstrates the excitement of companies at home and abroad about the opportunities that exist for investing in the United States,” Pritzker said in a Commerce Department press release. “On top of an excellent agenda, participants will be able to learn about federal government resources available as they consider their investment decisions.”
Economic development organizations from 47 states plus the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories will participate. Companies representing nearly 60 markets will also attend.
With such wide state government participation at the summit, Pritzker said, “it will be a tremendous opportunity to connect these firms with communities looking to attract investment.”
In addition to Pritzker, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will participate in the summit, the Commerce Department previously announced.
The speaker and moderator lineup for the summit also features 42 top public- and private-sector representatives, including Governors Bill Haslam of Tennessee, Jack Markell of Delaware and Martin O’Malley of Maryland, presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett and Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, as well as corporate leaders Laurence Fink of BlackRock Inc., Daniel Doctoroff of Bloomberg LP, Douglas Oberhelman of Caterpillar Inc., Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical Company, Eric Spiegel of Siemens Corporation and William (Bill) Simon of Wal-Mart US.
For details about the summit, visit the SelectUSA Summit website.