National Center President and CEO Chris James (R) with Carmen West (L), a business development specialist at the Minority Business Development Agency
Published June 22, 2018
The National Center is the only Native organizations toe exhibit at the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit
WASHINGTON – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) is exhibiting at the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit this week, which is occurring just outside of the nation’s capital in National Harbor, Maryland. The National Center is the only Native American organization that has a booth at the Summit; the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Oklahoma is the only tribe there. The National Center is promoting infrastructure investment opportunities in Indian Country, as well as the incentives for economic development on tribal lands, including tax exemptions and credits, as well as economic opportunity zones.
The Summit provides a place for global business investors to explore investment opportunities from every corner of the United States, learn about the latest investment policies and trends from high-profile business and government leaders, to make business deals happen. Participants of the previous four Investment Summits have announced nearly $93 billion in greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) into the United States since late 2013. SelectUSA is a U.S. government-wide program led by the Department of Commerce, whose mission is to facilitate job-creating investment in the U.S. and raise awareness of the critical role that FDI plays in the American economy.
“The investment opportunity in Indian Country is tremendous, and the SelectUSA Investment Summit is the perfect venue to showcase all that we have to offer to an international business that wants to invest in the U.S.,” said Chris James, President and CEO of the National Center. “Promoting international trade with and investment in Indian Country has long been a priority for the National Center and we hope to continue our efforts through events like the Investment Summit. We thank SelectUSA for hosting the Summit and its efforts to ensure that investment flows to all parts of the country, including reservations and tribally and Native-owned businesses.”
Earlier this year, Chris James participated in the 2018 Intertribal Business Summit in London, where he discussed tribal economic diversification and business opportunities with companies in the United Kingdom, as well as with high-level US and UK officials. He has also participated in Alibaba’s Gateway ’17 Conference, designed to connect U.S. companies with the growing Chinese market.
For more information about SelectUSA and the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit, please click here. The Summit began yesterday and will continue through Friday, June 22. The National Center’s display can be found at booth 205.