Connecticut is 7th in the U.S. for Foreign Direct Investment

Positioned in the epicenter of the U.S. Northeast, Connecticut offers foreign-owned businesses an ideal location adjacent to New York, within two hours of Boston and within 800 kilometers of one-third of the U.S. economy. With three deepwater ports, Connecticut offers maritime access, strong rail and interstate distribution networks and the talent needed to fill positions at all levels. 

Connecticut offers one of the nation’s most highly educated, highly productive workforces and has the seventh-highest share of U.S. workers employed by foreign companies. These companies include SAP, Boehringer Ingelheim, MTU Aero Engines, Diageo, Smiths Medical, BIC, Samsung, Bridgestone, Kantar, Dassault Systems, Webedia and Sekisui.

Foreign Direct Investment in Connecticut: Key Facts

  • 7th in US for FDI (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2019)
  • More than 770 international companies operate in Connecticut (Global Business Alliance, 2020)
  • 115,000 of workers are employed as a result of FDI (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2020)
  • 32% of FDI jobs are in manufacturing (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2020)
  • Top sources of FDI in Connecticut are Germany, the United Kingdom, and Canada

Experienced Global Economic Development Team

AdvanceCT’s experienced global economic development team offers confidential assistance to foreign companies entering the U.S. market through Connecticut. AdvanceCT offers the following services:

  • Specialized expertise to find the most direct route to expedite your foreign investment project in Connecticut.
  • Connections into the Connecticut ecosystem, major trade associations, universities and other affinity groups related to your business.
  • Access to data, including details about the state, demographics, industry information, and workforce data.
  • Information on professional service advisors such as lawyers, accounting firms, banks, insurance firms, immigration attorneys and other business service firms to assist with establishing a presence in Connecticut and the U.S.
  • Guidance and introductions to real estate providers throughout the state.
  • Assistance with navigating local communities, including municipal economic development leaders, regional resources, utilities, cultural organizations, local schools and residential services.

For personalized assistance, contact John Bourdeaux, Chief of Staff, by calling 860-571-6206 or emailing