AED Meets Global Business Leaders at SelectUSA

Arlington Economic Development (AED) attended the SelectUSA 2017 Investment Summit this past week at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center at National Harbor. The event, organized by the Department of Commerce to attract foreign direct investments into the United States, brings with it business leaders from around the globe, and with it the opportunity to connect with those businesses. More than 2800 international investors attended the event, with China having the largest delegation.

AED exhibited at the conference, along with other Virginia government organizations such as the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Fairfax and Loudoun County EDAs, and Virginia’s I-81 Corridor. This is the third year that I attended the conference, and I noticed a significant increase in exhibitors. There are close to 160 exhibitors, most of which are economic development organizations from around the country, including Puerto Rico and Alaska. There are also global consultants such as EY, Deloitte and CliftonLarsonAllen. The economic development organizations represent areas ranging from rural communities, to light industrial manufacturing facilities, and to urban centers. The international attendees have a wide selection of potential investment and partnership opportunities throughout America. AED received lots of visitors stopping at our booth expressing interest in Arlington, as well as inquiries about connecting with Arlington companies.

Prior to the conference, Arlington partnered with the Greater Washington China Investment Center, Montgomery and Prince George’s County, and the D.C. government in hosting the delegation from China for a dinner cruise along the Potomac River. The partnership with D.C. and Maryland continues our focus on regionalism since we believe promoting the Capital region opens more doors for Arlington and exposes the region to a much wider audience, especially an international audience.  

Topic: BIG Update