Business Capital Investment Up

By EY, Special for  USDR

US business investment projects accounted for $166 billion in capital investment in 2015, according to the EY 2016 US Investment Monitor (USIM), an annual report prepared by the Ernst & Young LLP Quantitative Economics and Statistics (QUEST) and Indirect Tax Incentives practices. Over 5,400 business investments were announced in 2015 and are expected to create or retain more than 402,000 jobs in the US. Although the total amount of capital is $16 billion higher than the previous year, there was a 2% decrease in the total number of projected  jobs.

“Many factors contribute to a company’s decision to invest in a particular location, and awareness of industry trends, workforce development levels and the availability of state and local tax incentives can help businesses choose where to locate their mobile capital investments,” said Andrew Phillips, Principal, Ernst & Young LLP. “States should continue to find their competitive edge to attract a wide variety of investment types and maintain a healthy  economy.”

Data from the announced projects analyzed in the 2016 USIM points to longer-term trends shaping economic development both regionally and across industries. The USIM is a leading indicator showing where new investment spending and jobs can be expected over the next several  years.

The report focuses on US and foreign companies’ mobile capital investments, which are not tied to specific markets or geographies. Mobile capital investments include headquarters facilities, data and call centers, manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, and research facilities, which have a wide range of location options. Companies continue to pursue locations with high supply chain potential, low input costs, strong business incentives, growing industry clusters, and advantageous state and local tax systems. Because companies research and analyze the relative merits of different locations before deciding where to invest, these mobile capital investments serve as indicators of a region’s or state’s long-term economic growth potential and  competitiveness.

Projects capturing high amounts of investment include chemical manufacturing facilities, which account for nearly 40% of all investment, followed by motor vehicle manufacturing and machinery manufacturing facilities. Over 70% of the investment in chemical manufacturing is from new liquefied natural gas export facilities. In total, nondurable manufacturing represents over half the announced capital investments in 2015. Durable manufacturing also plays a strong role, with industries including machinery, motor vehicle and semiconductor manufacturing accounting for approximately $45 billion in investment announcements. States along the Gulf Coast continue to attract the greatest amounts of mobile capital investment among project types tracked in the USIM. For the fifth year in a row, Texas and Louisiana received more than 30% of all announced  investment.

Top 10 states by capital  investment:

Texas: $48.3 billion
Louisiana: $33.9 billion
California: $7 billion
Kentucky: $5.6 billion
Alabama: $5.3 billion
Ohio: $5.1 billion
Tennessee: $5.1 billion
Michigan: $5 billion
New York: $4.7 billion
North Carolina: $4.3 billion

Durable manufacturing and office facilities for business support and professional services were also key job creators. Other industries poised to add significant employment include wholesale and retail trade, as well as food, beverage and tobacco product manufacturing. The Southeast continues its trend in attracting the top job-creating mobile projects across a wide range of industries, from financial and professional services to chemical manufacturing. Among the top 20 job announcements, six major job-creating projects were in the automotive manufacturing industry, a prominent increase compared to last  year.

Top 10 states for mobile project  jobs:

Texas: 38,400
Tennessee: 27,700
Ohio: 25,800
California: 22,200
Florida: 19,400
North Carolina: 19,100
Michigan: 18,200
Kentucky: 17,400
Virginia: 17,100
Indiana: 16,000

Although US project announcements by foreign investors have slowed over the past two years, the US remains one of the top destinations for investment. Factors including relatively low regulation, a large middle class, a culture of innovation and some of the world’s leading educational institutions have helped the US maintain an economic  advantage.

A copy of the study is available here:  www.ey.com/us/salt.

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