With the 10th Annual EB-5 Advocacy Conference fast approaching, IIUSA will be publishing frequent blog posts to “unpack” the dense conference schedule and activities from April 26-28, 2017. In subsequent posts, we will introduce our sponsors, highlight key panels and guests of honor, share networking tools, tricks and attendee lists, provide everything you need to know about the membership meeting and more!
Don’t miss this opportunity to be in Washington D.C. at this important time for the EB-5 industry. If you have yet to sign, up we encourage you to do so today!
Updates on State of Reauthorization & Reform Efforts at EB-5 Advocacy Conference
Before the April 28 deadline, Congress must pass appropriations legislation to fund the federal government and reauthorize the EB-5 Regional Center Program. Given this urgency, a focus of the deliberations at the 10th Annual EB-5 Advocacy Conference will be reviewing the outstanding legislative and regulatory issues in the way of a long-term reauthorization of the Program. With billions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of jobs, and countless businesses on the line, it is a call for action to the industry to protect the Program before it is too late!
What is at Stake in EB-5 Reauthorization & Reform: Review of Legislative and Regulatory Issues | Thursday April 27, 8:30am -9:15 am
- Moderator: Adam Greene, President, Live in America Financial Services LLC
- Bill Gresser, Director Emeritus, IIUSA; President, EB-5 New York State, LLC
- Michael Homeier, Founding Shareholder, Homeier & Law, P.C.
- Peter D. Joseph, Executive Director, IIUSA
- Hans Rickoff, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
The opening panel of the EB-5 Advocacy Conference, featuring IIUSA Executive Director Peter D. Joseph and leaders from IIUSA’s Public Policy Committee and government affairs team, will lay the groundwork for understand the various issues at play in the EB-5 reform debate. The panel will review the background and history from 2011 until today, dissect the IIUSA inclusive membership process and highlight the key issues including Targeted Employment Areas (TEAs), minimum investment amounts, set asides and looming proposed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations.
Roundtable Focus: Hot Topics in the EB-5 Reform Debate | Thursday April 27, 9:15am -10:00 am
- Moderator: Steve Yale-Loehr, President Emeritus, IIUSA; Of Counsel, Miller Mayer, LLP
- Jon Baselice, Director, Immigration Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Hunter Bates, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
- Angel Brunner, Director, IIUSA; President, EB5 Capital
- Rush Deacon, Managing Director, Pine State Regional Center, LLC
- Tom Rosenfeld, Director, IIUSA; CEO, CanAm Enterprises
The second panel of the EB-5 Advocacy Conference, moderated by IIUSA President Emeritus Steve Yale-Loehr, features a roundtable discussion representing the diversity of opinion on the EB-5 reform debate. Of particular note will be a discussion of the pan-industry efforts to forge consensus on a legislative framework and outline any key remaining differences on TEAs, minimum investment amounts, and set asides.
The EB-5 Advocacy Conference will be an important platform to discuss available legislative options for EB-5 reauthorization and reform, so that narrow differences in policy positions can be figured out in a multilateral negotiation that succeeds in delivering a workable multi-year legislative deal that can become law.