The industry’s premier EB-5 conference for education and business development provides timely learning and networking opportunities
Invest in the USA (IIUSA), the national not-for-profit industry trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program (the “Program”), held its 6th Annual EB-5 Industry Forum from October 10-11 in Los Angeles, California. IIUSA’s EB-5 Industry Forum, the industry’s most comprehensive conference for education and business development, hosted approximately 350 registrants, 23 exhibitors, and 38 sponsors at the brand new Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center on the campus of University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
“With the help of our members, event sponsors, and leadership, this year’s EB-5 Industry Forum provided much needed momentum for Program reauthorization ahead of the December 9th sunset date,” said IIUSA Executive Director Peter D. Joseph. “The Program is constantly evolving and this has proven time and time again to be an effective forum to discuss those changes. Attendees from across the globe came to network, learn, and grow in their understanding of the EB-5 Program, particularly at this pivotal moment for this industry.”
October 10 kicked off the event with a case studies seminar on hot topics such as capital redeployment, project marketing and investor market diversification, and law enforcement and litigation. In the afternoon, IIUSA hosted its first-ever EB-5 Due Diligence Seminar with panels on immigration due diligence, transactional due diligence, investor fund protection and compliance with U.S. Securities Laws.
On October 11, IIUSA hosted three general session symposium-style panels on the three most important issues facing the EB-5 industry: legislation and regulatory reform, program integrity and visa capacity. To compliment these panels, breakout sessions focused on the practical implications of enacting proposed legislation for both EB-5 projects and investors.
IIUSA was pleased to host several distinguished guest of honor speakers who discussed their unique insights about the EB-5 industry. These included Julia Harrison, Deputy Chief, USCIS Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO); Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the U.S. State Department Visa Controls Office; and Michele W. Layne, Regional Director U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Los Angeles Regional Office.
IIUSA will next host its 10th Annual EB-5 Advocacy Conference April 26-28, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.– a hotel completed in 2014 with the help of EB-5 investment. To learn more about this conference and purchase tickets, visit the event page.
Founded in 2005, IIUSA is the national not-for-profit trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center industry with a mission of advocacy, education, industry development, and research. The organization represents more than 260 Regional Centers and 200 Associate members, collectively representing big and small projects, urban and rural economic development, and industry sectors ranging from real estate and manufacturing to energy and infrastructure. IIUSA’s members are engines of economic growth and job creation, accounting for a vast majority of capital flowing through the Program. Learn more at IIUSA.org