Gather Economic Statistics
As you are gathering support for your initiative, you will find a need for facts to demonstrate the benefits of international education for your community and state. Economic statistics can help you to show how much your state relies on trade with other countries, foreign direct investment, immigration and foreign students. Below is a list of websites that can provide you with state economic information.
U.S. Office of Trade and Economic Analysis provides data on trade exports from each state, including top trading partners and top five export products for each state.
This site on the U.S. Census page helps you locate how many jobs in your state are tied to exports.
Bureau of Economic Analysis
The BEA provides information on FDI received by each state as well as Gross State Product (GSP) information.
Organization for International Investment
The OFII provides information on what international businesses are investing in each state, including a list of businesses investing in the state and how many people they employ.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
NAFSA provides a report for each state on the economic benefits of international education.