In an increasingly globalized world, foreign direct investment and exports are a major part of the U.S. economy. From employment in U.S. subsidiaries of foreign businesses, to jobs in U.S. companies exporting abroad, international trade brings many jobs to county economies. Counties play an essential role in creating the business-friendly environment for these activities, which includes investing in necessary infrastructure, economic and workforce development and zoning.
Similar to last year’s IED Task Force meeting, the Task Force will hold a special speed-networking event with representatives from three different countries or world regions: Canada, Chile and Africa. These representatives will talk with county officials about the investment interests of foreign businesses in the United States, what export opportunities exist and what counties can do to foster the international side of their economy. The meeting will be structured in 15 minute sessions that allow county officials to network directly and in small groups with the industry representatives, foster connections and learn how they can encourage economic growth through international investment. This session is open to all conference participants.
To learn more about the NACo International Economic Development Task Force, please visit our webpage here: http://www.naco.org/resources/programs-and-initiatives/international-economic-development-task-force.