Global & US Investment Trends - Sept. 17, 2007 - IEDC Annual Meeting, Phoenix AZ

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September 17, 2007 - fDi magazine sponsored a consultant presentation about global and North American investment trends during the IEDC annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. We also launched some new online marketing services at IEDC for economic development.

Attendees: please if you have suggestions for future presentations, such as fDi co-sponsorship of events for executives in your own community or at trade shows or professional meetings.

Try the new Search Americas tool (button at left) to quickly and easily search the economic development websites of any region or state. This is a very targeted channel for advertising to reach executives and their advisors as they seek the information they need for projects. to take advantage of fDi research and marketing before, during, and after BIO 2008 in San Diego, or to discuss advertising in fDi magazine. We also offer unique online marketing tools.

The new fDi Atlas is being promoted through a multi-million dollar ad campaign in the Financial Times to repeatedly reach nearly 500,000 subscribers worldwide. It is also being promoted through fDi magazine, the fDi website, search engine advertising, and the very targeted reach of our own websites as an independent project referral service.

The 2007/2008 fDi North American Cities of the Future competition attracted nominations from cities of all sizes, and brought favorable national and local media coverage to the winners. List of winners. Nominations for the next such competition will begin in summer 2008.

PDF copies of speaker presentations at IEDC in Phoenix NEW - fDi Atlas - Attract business investment projects
The presentations provided an overview of investment highlights and trends in various industry sectors, with a particular emphasis on foreign direct investment into the United States. Speaker biographies below.

Presentation by Roel Spee of IBM-PLI (1.0 MB .pdf)

IBM press release during IEDC Phoenix about the 20% growth in new jobs created worldwide by foreign direct investment during 2006.

Presentation by Paul Wright of Oxford Intelligence (0.25 MB .pdf)

Similar IBM presentation (1 MB .pdf) from fDi session at IEDC 2006 NY

The new fDi Atlas is an executive research tool which you can use to summarize what your area has to offer as a place to do business and to attract attention within specific industry sectors which you are targeting.

Examples: Valencia Scotland Germany Bavaria Berlin Nevada

Call Bruce Donnelly at 847-304-4655 to discuss your marketing plans.

The cost to do such a presentation is only $4400 per year - less than a single half page magazine ad - to tap into the estimated $4 million value of the fDi Atlas marketing campaign worldwide. This reflects the FT group's commitment to fDi innovation as the global leader in print and online in this niche, like and other FT Business media.

fDi Atlas

fDi Atlas background info

fDi North American Cities of the Future - list of award winners - April 2007

fDi magazine - Foreign Direct Investment - is published by FT Business of the Financial Times group

View 2007 fDi brochure

Advertising in fDi magazine

2007 fDi media kit (.pdf)

fDi Editor's introduction and circulation statistics

Top level decision-makers and global readership

fDi Spotlights - special reports on business locations and professional services for corporate expansion plans in the USA and around the world.

fDi Atlas - maintain your own presentation online to attract fDi and Financial Times readers to the benefits which differentiate your area as a place to invest.

Speakers: IEDC 2007 Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ IEDC - International Economic Development Council

Roel Spee
EMEA and Asia-Pacific Leader
IBM-Plant Location International (IBM-PLI)

Global Location Strategies

Woluwedal 22
1932 Sint-Stevens-Woluwe

Brussels, Belgium

TEL 011 32 2 416 5928
Fax 011 32 2 721 5569

mobile 011 32 475 915 832

Courtney Fingar, Editor

fDi - Foreign Direct Investment
Financial Times - FT Business

Number One Southwark Bridge

London, England SE1 9HL United Kingdom

TEL +44 (0)207 775 6365

From USA dial as

TEL 011 44 207 775 6365

Roel Spee has over 20 years of experience as a consultant advising corporate executives where to locate businesses around the world, as well as economic development organizations on how best to attract these businesses.

He coordinates these services of IBM-PLI on a global basis working together with consultants and experts in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Over the course of his career, Roel Spee has built up huge expertise in advising international companies in location choices for a broad variety of industries and investment projects.

He assisted corporate clients with strategic location choices for more than 200 projects.

Based on this broad experience with international companies' location behavior, Roel has also developed strong experience in advising investment promotion and economic development agencies on how to develop strategies to stimulate inward investment and improve business conditions to attract new investors. Customers worked for include agencies around the world, both in developed economies and developing countries.

Roel is regularly invited to write articles in leading industry magazines and speak at conferences, seminars, and such to share his experience on investment decision making with audiences of both corporate executives and government officials. He is member of various advisory committees on inward investment.

Courtney Fingar is editor of fDi magazine, the specialist inward investment title of the Financial Times Group. Now just over five years old, fDi has an audited circulation of 15,000 and a readership of 45,000 -- consisting mainly of senior-level executives for the world's top companies as well as some SMEs, location consultants, governments, legal advisers, property consultants and investment promotion agencies.

Ms Fingar joined the Financial Times Group in November 2004, having previously served as editor of Trade & Forfaiting Review, a monthly magazine produced by the Ark Group in London that focused on the niche industry of trade, export and commodities finance.

Prior to relocating to the United Kingdom in 2001, she worked in Washington, DC, first for the National Journal Group as a writer for an online environmental news service and later for Trade Communications International as a reporter and editor for Global Business magazine, a 90,000-circulaton monthly that reported on international trade and investment for a US executive audience.

Ms Fingar has a BA in journalism from the University of Alabama in the United States and an MSc in International and European Politics, with a special focus on political economy and trade issues, from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

New for 2007: fDi Atlas - background information about how to participate. These sponsored presentations about states, regions, cities or counties as well as countries follow a globally consistent executive summary framework. fDi Atlas is designed to provide a high-level overview of what differentiates a potential business location as a competitive place to invest.

Ask Bruce Donnelly about fDi Atlas, fDi advertising, and other options such as sponsored research features and "Spotlight" articles, as well as co-sponsorships for event marketing work and special supplements.

Paul Wright, Director

Oxford Intelligence (OI Ltd)
Marron House
Whaddon Hall
Whaddon MK17 ONA
United Kingdom

Tel: 011 +44 1908 521477
Fax: 011 +44 1908 521476

Oxford Intelligence

publisher of IPA World

Paul Wright, Director

Oxford Intelligence

Raadhuilsaan 3A, Wassenaar 2242 CR, Netherlands.

Tel / Fax 011+31 70 5144113

Mobile: 011+31 61 5010498

See also :

Subscription-based market research about investment plans

Biographic profile for Bruce Donnelly - who handles US ad sales for fDi - in print and online - and can help US advertisers to develop integrated marketing campaigns.

Paul Wright has worked in the world of Foreign Direct Investment for over sixteen years. He is currently Global Director, Sales and Marketing for Oxford Intelligence Ltd, a position that he has held since March 2006.

His career in FDI has been predominantly with the Welsh Development Agency (WDA). He started his career with the WDA as Country Manager Italy, here he opened up the WDAs office in Milan in 1995. Italy quickly became the WDAs leading European market for the generation of new inward investment projects into Wales in the late 1990s Wales was capturing between 60% and 100% of all UK bound Italian investment. Paul personally sourced and negotiated these investments.

In 1998 he was promoted to the position of European Director for the WDA with responsibility for all of the WDAs lead generation and FDI marketing strategy throughout Europe together with its overseas sales force. The main areas of activity were France, Germany, Nordics, Benelux and Italy.

In 2001 he was again promoted to the position of Executive Vice President Europe and North America. His overall areas of responsibility increased and he became responsible for the marketing implementation, strategy of the WDAs FDI activities throughout North America and Europe. Within three years the overall brand image of the WDA improved significantly within North America. Throughout this period the WDA was consistently one of Europes best performing development agencies.

In March 2006 Paul joined Oxford Intelligence Ltd as Global Sales and Marketing Director. Based in the Netherlands, he now has overall responsibility for the delivery of OIs range of consultancy products and services. OIs client base is mainly the leading economic development agencies in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, UK and many states in North America and Canada. Its products and services are centred on Foreign Direct Investment, focusing on cross border activities of companies moving internationally.

If your organization would be interested in advertising or co-sponsoring special events with fDi magazine, please contact :

TEL 847-304-4655 in Chicago

US marketing and sales representative for fDi

Bruce Donnelly


Global Direct Investment Solutions

P.O. Box 439

Fox River Grove, IL 60021-0439

(in far NW Chicago suburbs)

TEL 847-304-4655

FAX 847-304-5375

Cell : 847-951-2913 and

How to advertise in fDi magazine - calendar, rates, etc.

fDi isn't just about "foreign" investment locations, nor is it exclusively targeted at "foreign" investors.

The global readership (40% North America, 35% Europe / EMEA, and 25% Asia Pacific) is unique in this market. fDi is heavily advertised through the Financial Times in an ad campaign estimated in value at $4 million per year to attract the attention of close to 500,000 FT subscribers worldwide..

Examples: Who reads fDi magazine?

Roughly 95% of fDi readers are "C-level" - CEO, CFO, or VPs of strategic planning or corporate development, and 85% of fDi readers are at large companies (>500 employees) with the resources to develop major projects in new locations.

The quality of fDi reflects the high standards for independent research and useful content which top executives expect of an FT Business publication. The unique global content of fDi attracts US and international executives as a trusted source. offers custom research and search tools, such as the Area Search, USA Search, CRE Search, etc.

It makes it easy for top executives and their advisors to selectively search relevant websites for additional details beyond the executive summary content and links which we provide.

Advertisers in fDi magazine are also highlighted through our websites.

See how to advertise and our latest market reach data. - We provide independent referrals for capital investment project planning, such as to assist top executives with their research work and introduce economic development contacts and professional service providers as appropriate to their interests.

Global Direct Investment Solutions maintains a global reference directories and custom search tools for rapid research work, including links to over 25,000 resources and contacts worldwide.

This independent referral service functions like a concierge service to support business location strategies and site selection decisions.

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