Dan Shapiro
Dan ShapiroIsrael news photo: Flash 90

Between October 31 and November 1, 2013, thousands of international investors, domestic businesses, government officials, and trade organizations will descend upon Washington DC for the first-ever SelectUSA Investment Summit – and Israeli businesspeople are cordially invited.

In fact, they received a special invitation from U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, who praised the project as a “unique opportunity,” saying that “Israeli investors have contributed significantly to the American economy, contributing to make the U.S. the most attractive destination for investment. I strongly encourage all potential Israeli investors to consider attending this prestigious event.”

The summit is a first-of-its-kind, national-level engagement intended to connect businesses and investors from around the world with U.S. economic development organizations at the state, regional, and local levels. The SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit is being hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce as part of a U.S. government-wide initiative to promote direct investment in the United States. Participants will benefit from unique networking opportunities; one-on-one meetings; moderated panels; discussions on the latest information on all aspects of investment; and, available resources in the U.S.

“The SelectUSA initiative is an integral part of the Obama administration’s efforts to increase direct investment in the United States, which leads to economic growth and job creation,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez. “The SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit is the first of its kind, helping to match potential investors with economic development organizations.”

And the event's organizers are very interested in getting Israeli companies involved. Maria Andrews, Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy, said that “the United States not only offers a huge and very accessible market, but it makes a terrific platform for young Israeli companies to expand to other international markets, often acquiring valuable American strategic partners along the way.”