Global Business Development Inititive

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P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242
Phone: 330-672-4080
or 800-793-0912
International: 001-330-672-4080


Why is Foreign Direct Investment Important for Northeast Ohio?

NEOTEC has recognized the need to focus on foreign direct investment (FDI) as a way to ensure Northeast Ohio's success in today's global economy.  As part of its Global Business Development Initiative, NEOTEC has identified the following guiding principles:

  • Northeast Ohio needs a direct, concentrated effort for regional integration into the global economy.
  • Development of a global network is necessary to elevate the profile of the region.
  • Foreign Direct Investment is rebounding after the September 2001 downturn.
  • Due to the reduction in trade barriers and the value of the dollar, there are increasing opportunities for export sales for Northeast Ohio companies.
  • Foreign US subsidiaries contribute 20% of all US exports.
  • Foreign US subsidiaries pay an average of 25% more in wages than US companies, which is an important economic development measurement.
  • Growing opportunities for success exist in export development.
  • Greenfield projects account for 40% of all cross-border investment.
  • Globally, there are $2 billion greenfield projects a day, accounting for the creation of nearly 15,000 jobs a day.
  • The U.S. Foreign-Trade Zone location is a natural fit for foreign companies wanting to expand operations to the U.S. Northeast Ohio has two very successful Foreign-Trade Zone programs: FTZ 181 and FTZ 40, with multiple locations.