Friday, May 30, 2008

EB-5 Economic Development

Thanks to Richard Herman for passing along this article detailing the EB-5 visa investment boom and what Northeast Ohio has in the works:

"Mark Santo, president of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, is leading a pilot initiative called the Talent Blueprint, which has been convened at the request of Akron-based Rob Briggs, CEO of Fund for Our Economic Future and vice chair of the Knight Foundation," Herman writes in an e-mail. "The initiative is intended to bring together public and private entities to collaborate around the attraction of foreign talent and capital into Northeast Ohio [NEO]. We are in the early stages of fund development and planning for this initiative. One opportunity that we are pursuing is to educate the region on the merits of applying for a Regional Center license from the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service. The Regional Center is a key pillar of the NEO Immigration Blueprint."

I abandoned embedding images in my blog posts in order to speed up the loading time for people who might be reading on the run. But the map of the EB-5 economic development centers is too useful to leave out.

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