Foreign is the New Domestic: Rethinking What 'International' Means to Your Community

Foreign is the New Domestic: Rethinking What 'International' Means to Your Community

Federal Economic Development Forum
When: March 23-25
Where: Washington, DC

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Did You Know: According to the Latest FDI Report from SelectUSA, Multinational Firms with U.S. Operations:

  • Employ more than 5.6 million workers
  • Pay an average annual compensation of $77,600
  • Own more than $12 trillion in U.S. assets

You've heard it before: the world is shrinking, borders are disappearing, and your customers might be a transcontinental flight from the storefronts on Main Street. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a key driver of the United States economy. It is an essential source of innovation, helps U.S. exports, and provides jobs for Americans from coast to coast. Economic developers must understand a myriad of international topics, from FDI to intellectual property rights and trade agreements, all play a key role in how your businesses do business – and how successful economies know no borders. 

Join IEDC at our Federal Economic Development Forum and hear from an expert panel on the future of economic development and foreign relations.

Keynote speakers include:

Theodore H. Moran, PhD 
Marcus Wallenberg Chair in International Business and Finance 
School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University 
Washington, DC

Theodore H. Moran, PhD, has been associated with the Peterson Institute since 1998 and holds the Marcus Wallenberg Chair at the School of Foreign Service in Georgetown University. Founder and director of the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy at the university, he’s also a member of Huawei's International Advisory Council. From 2007 to 2013 he served as Associate to the US National Intelligence Council on international business issues. In 1993–94 he was senior adviser for economics on the Policy Planning Staff of the Department of State. He returned to Georgetown University after the North American Free Trade Agreement and Uruguay Round negotiations. Theodore H. Moran, PhD is a consultant to the United Nations, governments in Asia and Latin America, and international business and financial communities. In 2000 he was appointed counselor to the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency of the World Bank Group, and in 2002 he was chairman of the Committee on Monitoring International Labor Standards of the National Academy of Sciences.

Vinai K. Thummalapally 
Executive Director, SelectUSA 
U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration 
Washington, DC

Vinai Thummalapally serves as Executive Director of SelectUSA, part of the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Established by Executive Order of the President, SelectUSA is the U.S. government-wide initiative to attract and retain business investment in the United States. As Executive Director, Ambassador Thummalapally manages the strategy and implementation of SelectUSA as it works to create jobs, spur economic growth, and promote American competitiveness. He also co-chairs, with the Director of the White House National Economic Council, the SelectUSA Interagency Investment Working Group to coordinate existing resources across the federal government to promote business investment and address federal regulatory barriers.

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Westin Alexandria 
400 Courthouse Square 
Alexandria, VA 22314-5700 
Phone: (703) 253-8600 or 1-866-837-4210
IEDC room rate: $229/single and double 

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