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U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Announces Top Business Leaders to Participate in SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Summit Seeks to Attract Investment to the United States to Spur Middle Class Job Growth 

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced a list of prominent business leaders that will participate in the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit (Summit), October 31-November 1, in Washington, DC. The first-of-its-kind Summit will bring together leading public and private sector officials from around the world to discuss the benefits of investing in the United States. 

The participating senior executives confirmed at this time are:

  • BlackRock: Laurence Fink, Chairman and CEO
  • Bloomberg L.P.: Daniel Doctoroff, CEO and President
  • Caterpillar, Inc.: Douglas Oberhelman, Chairman and CEO
  • Dow Chemical Company: Andrew Liveris, President, Chairman and CEO
  • Siemens Corporation: Eric Spiegel, President and CEO
  • Walmart U.S.: William (Bill) Simon, President and CEO 

“I am delighted that these corporate leaders will be participating in the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit, as they represent prominent companies in their business sectors and important contributors to our economy,” said Secretary Pritzker. “The insights of these distinguished speakers on how the public and private sectors can better work together to make the United States an even more attractive investment destination will be of great interest to the Summit participants.” 

Foreign direct investment (FDI) plays a critical role in the U.S. economy, which is why President Obama launched SelectUSA, the first-ever U.S. government-wide initiative to promote and facilitate investment in the United States. In 2012, nearly $161 billion in FDI flowed into the United States. In 2011, U.S. affiliates of foreign firms employed 5.6 million American workers. 

The Summit offers attendees access to networking opportunities and one-on-one meetings with potential investment partners; presentations on the latest investment trends; moderated panels; break-out sessions about investment opportunities, and programs; information about investment-related resources in the United States; and state, local, and regional economic development organization exhibits. 

SelectUSA’s mission is to promote more investment in the United States using the full power and resources of the Federal government. For complete details about SelectUSA, please visit For more information about the Summit or to pre-register, please visit