SelectUSA Summit: A Premier Destination for International Business

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

The 10th Annual SelectUSA Summit, held at National Harbor, offered a unique platform to showcase the economic potential of Howard County in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Commerce, Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) and other counties. The event, which ran from Sunday June 23rd to Wednesday June 26th, featured spin-off events before and after the main conference, where international delegations visited various jurisdictions. During the summit, our team engaged with numerous companies, exploring opportunities and fostering relationships to promote Howard County’s economic initiatives.

A Unified Effort in Promoting Economic Growth

This unified approach aimed to highlight the economic strengths of the entire region, emphasizing the benefits of investing in Maryland. By working together, we were able to present a comprehensive and compelling case for international investment, showcasing the diverse opportunities available across the state.

Highlighting Howard County’s Unique Advantages

Howard County’s specific advantages were also prominently featured. The county’s diverse community and exceptional quality of life were major selling points, creating a welcoming environment for businesses and their employees. These factors are crucial for companies seeking a supportive and vibrant location for their operations.

A Skilled Workforce Driving Innovation

One of our counties key strengths is its highly skilled workforce. The region boasts a talent pool with the expertise and experience necessary to drive innovation and growth. Top-tier educational institutions and a strong emphasis on workforce development ensure that businesses have access to the best and brightest minds. This was a significant point of emphasis during our discussions with international companies.

Thriving Key Industries

Our county is home to several key industries, including technology, cybersecurity, healthcare and manufacturing. These sectors are not only robust but also offer ample opportunities for collaboration and expansion. During the summit, we highlighted these thriving industries, showcasing the county’s strengths and potential for growth.

Success Stories of International Companies

Throughout the summit, our team shared success stories of international companies that have already established a presence in Howard County. These examples served to illustrate the tangible benefits and positive outcomes that businesses can expect when they choose to invest in the region. These stories were instrumental in demonstrating our ability to support and nurture international businesses.

Strategic Location and Connectivity

Howard County’s strategic location near major cities like Washington, D.C., and Baltimore was another critical point of discussion. The county offers excellent connectivity and access to key markets, ensuring that businesses can easily reach their target audiences and partners. This prime location is a significant advantage for companies looking to expand their operations in the United States.

The Power of Collaboration

The success of our participation in the SelectUSA Summit was due in large part to the collaborative efforts with the State, GBC, and other counties. This partnership allowed us to present a unified and compelling case for international investment in Maryland. By working together, we were able to highlight the strengths of the entire region while also showcasing the specific advantages of Howard County.

Looking Ahead

The future looks bright for our community and the broader region. With continued collaborative efforts and a clear vision for the future, we are poised to attract even more international investment and drive economic development. The SelectUSA Summit was just a glimpse of the exciting journey ahead, as we work together to promote greater global engagement and success.

The SelectUSA Summit demonstrated the power of collaboration and the significant potential of Howard County as a premier destination for international business. As we move forward, we remain committed to working with our partners to foster economic growth and create new opportunities for businesses and communities alike.


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