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President Obama to Address Inaugural SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit Hosted by U.S. Department of Commerce

Thursday, October 31, 2013

President Obama will address the first-ever SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit today, hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, which is being held October 31-November 1 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

The first-ever Summit will bring together 1,200 attendees from nearly 60 countries; economic development officials from 47 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories; cabinet officials; and some of the world's top CEOs to discuss the advantages of investing in America and the importance of foreign direct investment as a source of job creation and economic growth in the U.S. Summit participants will connect with local, state and regional economic development organizations and local, state and federal agency officials to learn more about the U.S. as a business destination, the specific cities and states that match their business needs and the government resources that can help them find the most suitable location.

President Obama will address the summit today. Senior Obama administration officials, including Secretary Pritzker, Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman also will deliver remarks.

The speaker and moderator lineup also includes 64 top public and private sector representatives including the Governors Bill Haslam of Tennessee and Jack Markell of Delaware, Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett, Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, plus corporate leaders such as Laurence Fink of BlackRock, Daniel Doctoroff of Bloomberg L.P., Douglas Oberhelman of Caterpillar, Inc., Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical Company, Eric Spiegel of Siemens Corporation, and William (Bill) Simon of Walmart U.S.

This event is open to the press. All events happening in the Marriott Ballroom will be available via Webcast on both days of the Summit.  Starting at 9:00am on Thursday, the Webcast can be viewed on the U.S. Patent and Trademark’s Office livestream page or on the front page of

A full agenda for the summit is available here.