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The Midwest - Global Reach

In today's global economy, city and state borders are proving less relevant. Instead, companies focus on the workforce, infrastructure and educational institutions of a region when choosing where to locate their company. That’s why it is even more important for the region to come together as a formidable competitor not just with other regions of the country, but also with countries around the globe.

According to the International Trade Administration, Midwestern goods accounted for nearly one fifth, or $1.66 trillion, of the nation's merchandise exports from 2009-2014, with 3 of the top 9 performing states located in the Midwest. Regional organizations, such as the Midwest U.S. - China Association and Midwest U.S. - Japan Association, are also helping regional companies connect with international markets and investors.