Association to Invest In USA (IIUSA)
Founded in 2005, the Association to Invest In the USA (IIUSA®) is the national membership-based 501(c)(6) not-for-profit industry trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program (the “Program”). IIUSA advocates for policies that will maximize economic benefit to the U.S. from the Program. Accordingly, our primary mission is permanent authorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program by Congress after 20+ years of bipartisan support and current record breaking economic impact statistics. From FY 2005-2013, the Program has accounted for over $6.5 billion in capital investment that supported over 131,000 U.S. jobs – and the numbers are growing every day.
- Be a strong, unified voice for permanent authorization and improvement of the EB-5 Regional Center Program to enhance Regional Center activities.
- Stimulate economic development and job growth in the United States.
- Advance and maintain Regional Center industry standards and best practices.
- Educate the public and government about the benefits derived by the Regional Centers through the EB-5 investment program.
- Represent Regional Centers and facilitate their efforts in addressing administrative, regulatory and legislative issues at all levels of government.
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Representing the EB-5 Regional Center Industry
IIUSA's core members are federally-designated, active EB-5 Regional Centers – the public and/or private entities approved to serve as the conduits of foreign direct investment (“FDI”) and regional economic development in the Program. As a reflection of the international and interdisciplinary makeup of the Regional Center industry, IIUSA also has Associate members from numerous professions and from around the world, including: attorneys, broker-dealers, consultants, developers, economists, financial advisors, migration intermediaries, etc. To date, IIUSA represents 220+ Regional Center members and 200+ Associate members, with our Regional Centers accounting for well over 95% of all the EB-5 capital formation (billions of dollars), resulting U.S. job creation (tens of thousands of jobs), and tax revenue (over a billion dollars).
IIUSA’s operations cover advocacy, education, industry development, and research on an international scale. The Program has grown exponentially since 2008, thanks in most part to the strong “post-recession demand” for “at risk” capital in the U.S. and the supply of unprecedented wealth that now exists overseas. This new macroeconomic reality is the environment for which this innovative regional economic development policy was designed. Program utilization is at an all time high with investor petitions more than doubling between FY 2011 and FY2012, setting a record for 2013, and on pace to beat that record by over 40% in 2014. EB-5 investments in FY2012 alone contributed over $3.39 billion to U.S. gross domestic product, supported over 42,000 American jobs, and generated over $712 million federal/state/local tax revenue - all at no cost to the US. taxpayer. The current record-breaking investor demand ensure an even greater contribution reported in 2013-2014, which will be published once currently pending studies are completed.
The interconnected world we live in today demands public policy that takes advantage of the fact that economic opportunity, capital, and people are crossing national borders at a record-setting, and seemingly ever-increasing, rates. “Immigrant investor programs” exist all around the world, all competing for the same economic benefit of attracting entrepreneurial investors to their shores and each with a unique purpose once the capital is attracted. The U.S. designed the EB-5 Regional Center Program is designed to allocate that capital to regional economic development and U.S. job creation, and it is now delivering on its promise in a major way.
The promise of “globalization” has always been that economic ties that result from outward FDI yields stable trading partners, mutually beneficial international trade agreements, and lasting peace among major world economic powers. The results are astounding. There is now more wealth in the world than ever before – and it can be transferred across national borders seamlessly. The next phase of “globalization” must cultivate – through innovative public policy and cross-sector collaboration like the EB-5 Regional Center Program – an economy that can efficiently allocate capital (whether investment, human, or otherwise) across national borders at rates that parallel that of the global economy.