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International Investment

Bringing the World to New York

New York State is a thriving center of global commerce and investment. Its strategic location provides easy access to the North American marketplace and major consumer markets. Companies from across the globe are choosing New York as its home for its world-class infrastructure, highly educated and skilled workforce, innovation support and unparalleled quality of life.  

ESD's foreign direct investment (FDI) team is committed to helping your international business prosper and grow—no matter where you’re from or what stage your business is in. We look forward to introducing you to all of the opportunities that New York offers. 

By the Numbers

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global companies in New York State

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workers employed by international companies in New York

FDI and New York State

Edwards Vacuum

Edwards Vacuum

British-based Edwards Vacuum to Build $319M Facility in Genessee County



Danish Company Pandora Moves North American Headquarters to New York City



Canadian Electrovaya Choses Chautauqua County for its first U.S. plant 

State of Innovation

New York State is home to business competitions that are welcoming, encouraging – and funding – new startups to grow and innovate here. International startups are encouraged to explore these exciting opportunities.


Find out how Buffalo’s launching startups through a competition that’s drawing innovative entrepreneurs from around the world.

Genius NY

Businesses are taking off in Central NY with one of the world’s largest business accelerator competitions, focusing on Unmanned Aerial Systems.


Grow-NY is attracting innovative, high-growth startups from across the globe to grow New York's food and agriculture innovation cluster.

Global NY Foreign Office Directors

ESD has foreign office representation to facilitate inward investment and trade in the following markets: Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, China, Europe, India, Israel, Mexico, South America and Taiwan.

Discover the New York State Advantage

New York State: Home to a Diverse and Talented Workforce

Talented and Diverse Workforce

New York businesses find strength in diversity, with top-tier colleges and growing numbers of STEM grads all building tomorrow’s workforce.

Unparalleled Quality of Life

New York is home to innovative city centers, an abundance of great schools, arts and outdoor beauty.

Investing in Tomorrow’s Infrastructure

The future of New York business is on the upswing, with historic investments in infrastructure to build the new New York.
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Competitive Incentives

The Empire State’s many advantages for business include tax-based incentives, resources and training, and support for growth and innovation.

Select a Region

Each of New York's 10 distinct regions presents unique opportunities for business. See what these areas of the state have to offer.

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The World’s Most Innovative Industries Call New York Home

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