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March 13 to March 13, 2014

Foreign Direct Investment and Exporting Webinar

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Please join the NADO Research Foundation and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the Foreign Direct Investment and Exporting Webinar on Thursday, March 13 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. EST. This is the last webinar in a series of six about various data tools developed with support from EDA.

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Join Dr. Alfie Meek, Director of Community Innovation Services at Georgia Tech, for a webinar about Best Practices in Foreign Direct Investment and Exporting Based on Regional Industry Clusters. This web-based resource is designed to promote ways to more effectively attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and develop export potential. The project profiles several useful examples for local communities that may want to introduce initiatives to promote exporting and FDI or have already launched such initiatives and want to make them more effective. NADO’s Director of Economic Development, Brian Kelsey, will moderate the session.

A nationwide analysis was done to identify case studies of exporting and FDI that were situated in a local community or region, or that could provide guidance for a local community or region. Although state and federal governments are commonly key actors in exporting and FDI, this research provides direction for communities by emphasizing local and regional initiatives. The case studies provide examples from across the United States that collectively create a global network that reaches nearly every corner of the world and includes: Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. There are a range of industries covered in these case studies including: biosciences, automotive and aerospace, electronics and energy, advanced manufacturing, information technology, financial services, distribution, and food, agriculture, and water.

Partnerships are fundamental to the success of exporting and FDI, and while exact partnerships are unique to each case study there are common themes: industry, universities, foundations, and local, state, and federal government institutions.

The webinar will walk attendees through the website which contains information, data, and tools that individuals, communities, and governments at all levels can use to develop, inform, and enhance their foreign direct investment and exporting initiatives. The toolkit and this webinar were made possible with support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.