Pennsylvania has the most robust trade network in the United States. Team Pennsylvania played an essential part in the creation of the Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Office of International Business Development (OIBD) to establish international trade and investment offices around the globe on behalf of the Commonwealth.

Team PA’s involvement in international initiatives has evolved over the past two decades. Today, we primarily work alongside OIBD in order to ensure foreign companies and investors are aware of the wealth of benefits Pennsylvania has to offer them.

Recently, Team PA has participated in:

  1. 2016 Hannover Messe Trade Show: The Pennsylvania team hosted a booth at the 2016 Hannover Messe Trade Show in Germany to showcase our Commonwealth and how great of a state it is to live and work in.
  2. Business Development Mission to Japan: A team from OIBD and other international business experts traveled with the Philadelphia Orchestra during the Japan-leg of their Tour of Asia in order to cultivate and maintain relationships with Japan-based companies doing business in Pennsylvania.
  3. SelectUSA Investment Summit: A delegation from Pennsylvania hosted a booth at the SelectUSA Summit in Washington D.C. in order to promote foreign direct investment in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania has seen a lot of success over the last few years as it relates to foreign direct investments (FDI) and exports. There are many plans in the works to continue to bolster Pennsylvania’s reputation on the world stage in order to bring companies to the Commonwealth to do business.

Past International Programs

  1. “Make It In America” Initiative: Team PA continues to support the Commonwealth’s Center for Direct Investment (CDI) in their efforts to promote Pennsylvania businesses at foreign trade shows and exhibitions.
  2. Expert Speaker Program: We work jointly with OIBD to coordinate industry experts to speak to their peers about business opportunities in Pennsylvania in order to attract perspective investment and create jobs.
  3. European Business Development Mission: Following the world renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, a delegation of Pennsylvania representatives traveled to Europe in order to establish relationships and build rapport for Pennsylvania overseas.