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50 States and the District of Columbia

Each U.S. state has its own constitution and a three-branch system of government that mirrors that of the Federal government. Local government generally include two tiers: counties (sometimes called boroughs or parishes), and municipalities, or cities/towns. In some states, counties are divided into townships.

Territories

Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are islands under the jurisdiction of the United States that are not affiliated with any state and have their own governments.

Indian Nations

The original indigenous tribes of the United States, including American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are constitutionally recognized as sovereign governments at the same level as state or territorial governments. There are 562 federally recognized Indian nations (or tribes) in the United States. Approximately 40 percent of these tribes are located in Alaska, while the remaining 60 percent are located in 33 states in what is known as Indian Country.

   

Alabama

Hollie Pegg
Alabama Department of Commerce
T: (334) 242-0421
F: (334) 242-5669
401 Adams Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36130
www.madeinalabama.com
 

Alaska 

Victoria Caltagirone
Community and Economic Development: Alaska Department of Commerce
907.269.8406           
333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th FL, State Office Building
Juneau, AK 99801
https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/

American Samoa 

Michael McDonald
American Samoa Department of Commerce
P898+9HG, Pago Pago, Eastern District 96799, American Samoa
https://www.doc.as.gov/

 

Arizona

Vic Narusis
Senior Vice President, Business Attraction
Arizona Commerce Authority
T: (602) 845-1259
F: (602) 845-1201
100 N 7th Ave, Ste #400
Phoenix, AZ 85007
www.azcommerce.com

Arkansas

Ben Walters
Arkansas Economic Development Commission
T: (501) 682-7334
F: (501) 682-7394
900 West Capitol, Ste. 400
Little Rock, AR 72201
www.arkansasedc.com

 

California

Maria Onorato
Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development
T: (916) 322-0559
F: (916) 322-0693
1325 J St. #1800
Sacramento, CA 95814
www.business.ca.gov
 

Colorado

Michelle Hadwiger
Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade
T: (303) 892-3840
F: (303) 892-3848
1625 Broadway #2700
Denver, CO 80202
www.choosecolorado.com

Connecticut

George Norfleet
Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development
T: (860) 500-2388
F: (860) 270-8032
450 Columbus Blvd, Ste. 5
Hartford, CT 06103
www.ct.gov/ecd

Delaware

Kurt Foreman
Delaware Prosperity Partnership
The Mill, Suite 731
1007 N. Orange Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
https://www.choosedelaware.com

 

D.C.

Sara Adams
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)
T: (202) 374-6173
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 317, Washington D.C. 20004
https://dmped.dc.gov/ 
dcbiz.dc.gov

Florida

Joe Z. Kulenovic 
SelectFlorida 
T: +1-305-808-3600
201 Alhambra Circle #610
Coral Gables, FL 33134
www.selectflorida.org  



 

Georgia

Kristi Brigman
Georgia Department of Economic Development
T: (404) 962-4072
75 Fifth St. NW #1200
Atlanta, GA 30308
www.georgia.org

 

Guam

Ed Camacho
Guam Economic Development Authority
T: (671) 647-4332
F: (671) 649-4146
590 S. Marine Corps Dr., #511
Tamuning, GU 96913
www.investguam.com

Hawaii

Dennis T. Ling
State of Hawaii - Department of Business
T: (808) 586-2355
F: (808) 586-2377
250 South Hotel Street 5th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813
www.hawaii.gov/dbedt
 

Idaho

Jake Reynolds
State of Idaho Economic Development Division
T: (208) 334-2470
F: (208) 334-2631
700 W. State St.
Boise, ID 83720
https://commerce.idaho.gov/ 

Illinois

Margo Markopoulos 
Director, Office of Trade and Investment 
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
100 W. Randolph Ste. 3-400
Chicago, IL 60601
C. (312) 636-9456
www.illinois.gov/dceo

Indiana

Andrea A. Richter
Indiana Economic Development Corporation
T: (317) 232-8853
F: (317) 232-4146
1 North Capitol Ave, Ste 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204
www.iedc.in.gov

 

Iowa

Mark Laurenzo
Iowa Economic Development Authority
T: (515) 348-6191
1963 Bell Avenue, Suite 200
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
Iowa Economic Development Authority (iowaeda.com)

 

Kansas

Randi Tveitaraas Jack
Kansas Department of Commerce
T: (785) 296-7868
F: (785) 296-3490
1000 SW Jackson St. #100
Topeka, KS 66612
www.kansascommerce.gov

 

Kentucky

Craig McKinney
The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
T: (502) 782-1942
F: (502) 234-0060
Old Capitol Annex
300 W. Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601
www.thinkkentucky.com

Louisiana

Larry Collins
Louisiana Department of Economic Development
T: (225) 342-4323
F: (225) 342-5349
1051 N. Third St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
www.opportunitylouisiana.com
 

Maine

Wade Merritt
Maine International Trade Center
T: (207) 541-7408
F: (207) 541-7420
511 Congress St. #100
Portland, ME 04101
www.mitc.com

 

Maryland

Jessica Reynolds
Office of International Investment & Trade, MD Department of Commerce
F: (410)767-6435
401 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
https://open.maryland.gov/

 

Massachusetts

Jeevan Ramapriya 
Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment
T: (617) 973-8543
F: (617) 227-3488
136 Blackstone Street 5th floor
Boston, MA 02109
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-office-of-international-trade-and-investment

Michigan

Lindsay G. Kirchinger, CMP
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
T:  (517) 749-7785
300 N Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48913
www.michiganbusiness.org
 

Minnesota

Laurence Reszetar
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
T: (651) 259-7488
F: (651) 296-3555
332 Minnesota St. #E200
St. Paul, MN 55101
www.mn.gov/deed/invest

Mississippi

Chris Engels
Mississippi Development Authority
T: (601) 359-3045
F: (601) 359-4339
501 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39205
www.mississippi.org
 

Missouri

Dennis Pruitt
Missouri Partnership
T: (314) 725-0949
F: (314) 725-0743
120 S. Central Ave. #1535
St. Louis, MO 63105
www.missouripartnership.com

 

Montana

Abigail Majerus 
Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development
T: (406) 239-6127
Gallagher Business, Bldg 257 
Missoula, MT 59812
fdi@mwtc.org

 

Nebraska

Cobus Block
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
T: (402) 480-5806
F: (402) 471-3778
301 Centennial Mall South
4th Floor
Lincoln, NE 68509
http://opportunity.nebraska.gov

Nevada

Avrey Callis
Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development 
International Business Development Specialist
555 East Washington Avenue Suite 5400, Las Vegas, NV 89101
https://goed.nv.gov/

New Hampshire

Adam Boltik
New Hampshire Department of Resources & Economic Development
T: (603) 271-8444
F: (603) 271-6784100 North Main Street, Suite 100/P.O. Box 1856 Concord, NH, 03301
http://www.dbea.nh.gov/; https://www.nheconomy.com/

New Jersey

Bill Noonan
Business Development Director
Choose New Jersey
One Gateway Center
11-43 Raymond Plaza W #1420
Newark, NJ 07102
https://www.choosenj.com/ 
 

New Mexico

Melinda Allen
New Mexico Partnership
T: (505) 338-1462
1720 Louisiana Blvd. NE #312
Albuquerque, NM 87110
www.nmpartnership.com
 

New York

Carin Rising 
Director of External Affairs, Global NY
Empire State Development
C: (347) 714-0650
https://esd.ny.gov/

 

North Carolina

Korey Howard
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
T: (919) 447-7797
1500 Weston Pkwy
Cary, NC 27513
www.edpnc.com

North Dakota

Shawn Kessel
North Dakota Department of Commerce
T: 701.690.7776
C: 701.328.5331
1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 6, PO Box 2057, Bismarck, ND 58503
https://www.commerce.nd.gov/

 

Northern Mariana Islands

Kioshi Cody
Northern Mariana Islands Department of Commerce
T: (670) 664-3077
F: (670) 664-3067
Capitol Hill
Saipan, MP 96950
www.commerce.gov.mp

 

Ohio

Justin Kocher
Jobs Ohio
T: (614) 300-1355
41 S. High St. #1500
Columbus, OH 43215
www.jobs-ohio.com



 

Oklahoma

Jennifer Springer
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
T: (405) 815-5158
F: (405) 605-2987
900 N. Stiles Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
www.new.okcommerce.gov
 

Oregon

Melisa Drugge
Business Oregon
T: (503) 508-3147
F: (503) 581-5115
243 SE 4th Street
Pendleton, OR 97801
www.biz.oregon.gov
 

Pennsylvania

David Briel
Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
T: (717) 720-7373
F: (717) 772-5106
400 N. Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120
www.newpa.com

Puerto Rico

Rafael Perez
Business Development Director – East Coast
Invest Puerto Rico
200 Convention Blvd., The Hub, Suite 301, San Juan, PR 00907
www.investpr.org
 

Rhode Island

Melody Weeks
Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
T: (401) 278-9170
F: (401) 273-8270
315 Iron Horse Wy. #101
Providence, RI 02908
https://commerceri.com/

South Carolina

Jon Baggett 
South Carolina Department of Commerce
T: (803) 737-0434
1201 Main Street, Suite 1600
Columbia, SC 29201
https://www.sccommerce.com/

 

South Dakota

Chris Schilken
South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development
T: (605) 204-2306
711 E. Wells Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
www.sdgoed.com

Tennessee

Karel Abboud
Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development
T: (615) 741-1888
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave, 11th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
www.tnecd.com

Texas

Adriana Cruz
Economic Development and Tourism, Office of the Governor, State of Texas
T: (512) 936-0146
PO Box 12428 
Austin, TX 78711
gov.texas.gov/business

U.S. Virgin Islands

Celina D. Morris
U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority
T: (340) 714-1700 
8000 Nisky Shopping Center, Suite 620
St. Thomas, VI 00802
https://www.usvieda.org/

Utah

David Carlebach
Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development
T: (435) 640-0724
60 E. South Temple, Ste 300
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
www.wtcutah.com
 

Vermont

Tim Tierney
Vermont Department of Economic Development
T: (802) 505-5496
One National Life Dr., 6th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05620
www.thinkvermont.com
 

Virginia

Antje Abshoff
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
T: (804) 545-5705
901 East Cary St.
Richmond, VA 23219
www.vedp.org

Washington

Radi Simeonova
Washington State Department of Commerce
T: (206) 256-6114
F: (206) 256-6158
2001 6th Ave. #2600
Seattle, WA 98121
www.choosewashington.com

West Virginia

Stephen Spence
West Virginia Development Office
T: (304) 957-2067
F: (304) 558-0449
State Capitol
Charleston, WV 25305
www.wvcommerce.org

Wisconsin

Katy Sinnott
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
T: (608) 210-6838
F: (608) 266-5551
201 W. Washington Ave., 6th Floor
Madison, WI 53703
inwisconsin.com

Wyoming

Wendy Lopez
Wyoming Business Council
T: (307) 777-2806
F: (307) 777-2837
214 W. 15th St.
Cheyenne, WY 82002
wyomingbusiness.org