• The Association of
    American State Offices in Korea

  • The Association of
    American State Offices in Korea

  • The Association of
    American State Offices in Korea


ASOK, the first step towards a successful journey into the US.

The Association of American State Offices in Korea (ASOK) was established in 1989 to promote the common interests of US state offices located in Korea and to strengthen economic cooperation between Korea and the U.S.

ASOK promotes mutual interests of its members including promotion of inward investment, trade, education, cultural exchanges, tourism and other activities of members’ state governments.


Chair / Board Member

Mr. Jonathan Cleave 조나단 클리브

Managing Director, Korea

South Carolina Department of Commerce

Vice Chair / Board Member

Ms. Hee Jung Shin 신희정

Director of Business Development, Korea

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

Board Member

Mr. Ken Yang 양근석

Director, Korea

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Board Member

Mr. Charles Kim 김광섭

Director, Korea

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA)


Mr. Andrew Gately, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy

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Arizona puts businesses first. Low cost of business, top talent, thriving innovation, access to major world markets are only some of the advantages Arizona has to offer – not to mention the exceptional quality of life.

Arkansas offers pro-business environment operating leaner, faster and more focused through a streamlined state government designed to act quickly and decisively on corporate interests.

Forward thinkers, your home awaits. By moving your business to Fairfax County, you’ll be part of a corporate community that is collectively improving the lives of millions.

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Team Kentucky works cohesively toward its common goals. State agencies, local economic developers and utilities work together on site selection, planning, permitting, workforce sourcing, training and more help your company quickly establish, open and operate successfully for the long term.

Louisiana Economic Development is responsible for strengthening the state’s business environment and creating a more vibrant Louisiana economy.

Maryland stands proudly at the heart of the Eastern Seaboard, the country’s prime commercial corridor and one of the most vibrant in the world.

Michigan offers a business-friendly environment with its strategic location, rich manufacturing heritage, and extensive support programs for foreign direct investment (FDI).

You can do anything in New Jersey. Nowhere else in the country will you find New Jersey’s unique confluence of workforce talent, connectivity, state support, and high quality of life.

North Carolina’s winning combination of location, workforce, existing industry strength, and business-friendly environment makes it a leading destination for domestic and international companies alike.

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There’s a reason Oregon’s economy has been the eighth fastest growing economy in the U.S. Oregon has reduced regulatory barriers, provides project- ready land and has a tax structure and skilled workforce that are ready to meet industry needs.

No strict regulatory requirements, low corporate taxes, and personal income tax. Through seven trading offices, various programs and services are provided, including export consultation for companies located in Florida.

Pennsylvania offers a competitive business environment, world-class institutions of higher learning and research, geographic proximity to key markets and decision-makers and a wealth of potential business partners

San Antonio, Texas, serves as a dynamic intersection of culture and commerce, boasting a young and diverse economy as well as a talented workforce. greater:SATX provides swift and diverse services to businesses to support the vibrant economy of the San Antonio area

You won’t find a more hospitable or business-friendly climate than South Carolina. Area Development magazine consistently ranks South Carolina as one of the top five states to do business in the nation.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) works to maintain Tennessee’s successful business climate and seeks to enhance community quality of life, promote job creation and business opportunities, and offer support services to entrepreneurs and new and existing industries.

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CNBC named Virginia America’s Top State for Business – a tribute to Virginia’s world-class workforce, high-performing education system and business friendly regulations. In 2019 VEDP was voted the most competitive state economic development organization in the Country by Site Selection Magazine.

Washington State means business. We offer you a highly skilled workforce, low-cost energy, an end-to end supply chain and an inspirational lifestyle that is hard to find anywhere else.

Williamson County is where opportunity is born in Central Texas with a growing Korean business community, low property taxes, supportive local government, efficient permit process for industrial construction, affordable and plentiful land parcels, a growing semiconductor community, and top high tech employers.



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