IIUSA is pleased to present this interactive mapping tool to visualize the policy impacts of various policy proposals to reform Targeted Employment Areas (“TEAs”).

 

Policy Proposals include:

1) Economically Highly Distressed Area: A census tract that has the following characteristics:

  • Poverty rate greater than 30%;
  • Median family income (MFI) does not exceed 60% of statewide equivalent MFI or MSA-wide MFI;
  • Unemployment rate which is at least 1.5 times the national average.

2) New Market Tax Credit Criteria: A census tract that has the following characteristics:

  • Poverty rate greater than 25%;
  • Median family income (MFI) does not exceed 70% of statewide equivalent MFI or MSA-wide MFI;
  • Unemployment rate which is at least 1.25 times the national average.

 

Note: The interactive map on this webpage presents the hypothetical TEA qualifications for geographic areas and EB-5 project samples for policy discussion on potential reforms for TEA. Nothing on the map should be considered as the official TEA designation of any geographic areas nor EB-5 projects under the current law.

DOWNLOAD IIUSA’S COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS ON TEA POLICY PROPOSALS

Questions/Comments on Analytic Mapping Tool?  Contact IIUSA at tech@iiusa.org.

Questions/Comments on TEA policy?  Contact IIUSA at advocacy@iiusa.org.


TEA Census Tract Maps

The interactive maps below visualize all census tracts that would be qualified as a TEA based on a variety of policy scenarios. Use the tab to view the TEA census tract maps under different policy proposals (the economically highly distressed criteria versus the New Market Tax Credit criteria).

Note: The census tracts data are considerably massive , it could take a few moments for the map to load. Please do not refresh the webpage.


Fullscreen Map
Hover the census tracts for more details.
Tips: Use the search tool to check whether an address (e.g. “300 New Jersey Ave, Washington, DC”) is located within a TEA census tract.


Fullscreen Map
Hover the census tracts for more details.
Tips: Use the search tool to check whether an address (e.g. “300 New Jersey Ave, Washington, DC”) is located within a TEA census tract.

TEA Policy Proposals Analysis

Percentage of total U.S. census tracts within an MSA (“urban census tracts”) would be qualified as TEAs under:

Data Source: 2015 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimate (Table S2301: Unemployment Status, S1701: Poverty Rate, and B19113: Median Family Income) from U.S. Census Bureau Fact Finder website (http://factfinder2.census.gov).

TEA Report: Policy Proposals Comparative Analysis by State 

How TEA policy proposals will shape the  future landscape of the EB‐5 Regional Center Program 

The report takes a comprehensive look at how all of the policy proposals to reform TEA (including new market tax credit inspired methodologies and the “contiguous and adjacent” method). The results are compelling and comprehensive, demonstrating how different approaches would affect stakeholders, projects, geographies, and metropolitan areas throughout the U.S.

In addition, the report also included the state‐by‐state analyses, in which you will be able to compare the impact of different policy proposals by:

  • TEA qualifications of EB‐5 project samples located in that state;
  • TEA qualifications of the census tracts in major cities of that state; and
  • Images of the TEA policy maps for the major cities of each state

This is a comprehensive analysis to enable Congressional leaders and industry stakeholders to come to rational, fact-based discussion on reforming TEA.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT

Questions/Comments on TEA policy? Contact IIUSA at advocacy@iiusa.org.

Issue with a project listing? Contact IIUSA at tech@iiusa.org.

Mapping tool & data analysis prepared by: Lee Li, Policy Analyst, IIUSA