Getting Started in the U.S.

Investing in the USA

President Obama announced the SelectUSA initiative to showcase the United States as the world’s premier business location and to provide easy access to federal-level programs and services related to business investment. SelectUSA is designed to complement the activities of our states—the primary drivers of economic development in the United States.

What is SelectUSA?

SelectUSA is the U.S. government-wide program to promote and facilitate business investment into the United States. In a highly competitive global economy, SelectUSA makes it easier for business investors to choose the United States as the location to grow their business by providing credible, timely information and connections to support companies of all sizes at each stage of the decision-making process. Our services include:

  • Information and Counseling – SelectUSA provides counseling, data, and customized reports on a wide range of topics as well as information on federal resources, rules and regulations.
  • Connections – SelectUSA makes direct introductions and provides platforms and networking opportunities to connect companies with the right people, from state, local and tribal government.
  • Assistance Navigating the Federal System – As chair of the Federal Interagency Investment Working Group, SelectUSA can assist companies to address issues involving federal regulations or programs related to existing and potential projects.

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Why Invest in the United States?

The United States unequivocally supports foreign direct investment, and provides foreign investors fair, equitable, and nondiscriminatory treatment as a matter of policy, law, and practice.

Investing in the United States has many advantages. With more than 325 million people and the largest economy in the world, the United States has one the most important markets for any global company. The American workforce ranks as one of the best educated, most productive, and most innovative in the world. As a place to do business, the United States offers a predictable and transparent legal system, abundant resources, and access to capital and the world’s most lucrative consumer market.

The total stock of FDI from Singapore to the United States is $31 billion, over 80 percent of all FDI in the United States that originates in Asia-Pacific. Please see the fact sheet of FDI from Singapore to the United States.

Additional Resources

Browse through SelectUSA’s free online resource here.

For a list of economic development representatives across the United States, please click here.

SelectUSA Contacts

Potential and current investors are also invited to contact the SelectUSA representatives in Singapore or Washington, D.C.:

Ong Zhi-Xiang
Commercial Assistant – SelectUSA

Keida Ackerman
Senior International Investment Specialist SelectUSA
Washington DC

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