The USA is the premier location for new business investment, tops among all countries. It attracted about $225 billion in inbound investment in 2011 from global companies headquartered abroad—but seeks to do even better in 2012 and future years. Additionally, U.S. - owned companies that are expanding facilities, adding new facilities, or bringing back jobs from abroad invest hundreds of billions more dollars in the United States.
With the world’s largest and most diversified economy, the United States offers investors extraordinary attractions and many possible locations. The United States had a gross domestic product (GDP) of over $15 trillion dollars in 2011, much larger than the GDP of any other country. It has a lucrative and open consumer market of over 310 million Americans, as well as access via free trade agreements to about 415 million more customers for goods and services that are produced in the United States.
The American work force is well-educated, productive, innovative, and mobile, and the United States has the flexibility through the American educational system to fashion training programs for the jobs of today and tomorrow. The United States also has the world’s best university system, one that hosts and spins off research and development (R&D) programs that contribute to the country’s strong R&D activities.
The United States is the world’s largest economy and has the world’s third-largest population with a GDP of over $15 trillion and a population of more than 310 million people. The resulting per capita GDP of over $48,000 is among the highest for the world’s major developed economies. The U.S. market is diverse in consumer tastes and has a range of income levels, thus permitting success for a wide variety of goods and services. Whether it be a computer or other electronic device, a movie or a song, a large passenger airplane, or oil drilling equipment, trends in global markets often start in the United States. Brands are not considered truly global until they penetrate the U.S. market.
In addition, the United States has entered into free trade agreements with 20 other countries, providing access to more than 425 million more customers for U.S. goods and services.
The United States is the home to the world's best university and college system. One study ranks American universities among the top four out of five individual universities in the world, occupying 30 of the top 50 places overall. (Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2011 - 2012.)
These universities and colleges undertake extensive research and development that contribute to America's R&D activities. Indeed, new technologies and techniques are often developed in these universities and commercialized by private industry, attracting new waves of business investment.
Extraordinary American universities and colleges are complemented by the government's support for community colleges that offer job training programs for skilled workers to fill the employment needs of business.