Today President Obama visited Master Lock in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and announced that the Department of Commerce will host the first annual SelectUSA Investment Summit, bringing companies from around the world to meet with governors, mayors and local stakeholders, federal agencies, and state and local economic development organizations together to discuss the benefits of investing and growing in the U.S. The Summit will build on the Administration’s efforts to promote investment in the U.S. by providing an annual forum to attract and expand U.S. investment and address questions and issues that companies face when they choose where to invest globally.
Launched by Executive Order in June 2011, the Department of Commerce’s
SelectUSA program is the first-ever federal effort to help attract,
retain, and expand business investment. Historically, U.S. states and
cities have found themselves competing against foreign governments to
attract business investments, with the federal government playing only a
nominal role in the competition for global investment. Rather than
providing new incentives for investment, SelectUSA plays the critical
role of advocacy, coordination, facilitation, and information-gathering
The program has already paid dividends for American workers. Working hand-in-hand with SelectUSA officials, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and other local Michigan agencies, Canadian automotive company AGS Automotive recently elected to make an investment in excess of $20 million to add new manufacturing capabilities to permit it to manufacture bumper impact assemblies in Michigan. The new business will likely represent in excess of $100 million in annual sales over the next 5 years and will enable AGS to retain approximately 50 jobs and create over 100 new jobs in Michigan.