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’s primary mission is to make the Program a permanent and successful part of 21st century U.S. economic development policy. 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 – are IIUSA’s core members. 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 170+ Regional Center members and 195+ Associate members, with our Regional Centers accounting for 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, industry development, and education – sometimes across national borders. 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 fiscal year (FY) 2011 and FY2012 – accounting for approximately $2.0 billion in FDI in FY2012. Investor demand was at an all time high in FY2013, likely adding approximately $2.0 billion to the over $6.5 billion in EB-5 capital formation since FY2005.
The “globalized” 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, seemingly ever-increasing rate. “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. Since FY2005, over 131,000 American jobs have been created thanks to this Program – and the number is growing every day.
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 – an economy that can efficiently allocate capital (whether investment, human, or otherwise) across national borders at rates that parallel that of the global economy. The EB-5 Regional Center Program epitomizes this noble intention of attracting more of this new wealth to the U.S. for the purposes of U.S. job creation. IIUSA exists to ensure the permanent success of the Program: Creating Jobs through Investments!
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