Invest in the USA (IIUSA), the national not-for-profit industry trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program (the “Program”), hosted its 5th annual EB-5 Market Exchange from October 21-23 in Dallas, Texas. IIUSA’s Market Exchange is the EB-5 industry’s most comprehensive conference for educational and business development.
In record breaking numbers, this year’s Market Exchange hosted approximately 600 registrants, 53 exhibitors, and 61 sponsors.
The conference agenda featured 20 panel discussions on a topics ranging from recent Securities and Exchange Commission actions, to market diversification and public-private-partnerships as well as important legislative updates from the IIUSA government affairs team and members of the organization’s Public Policy Committee.
William Gresser (above), president of EB-5 New York State Regional Center, was on the panel, "Deep Dive in Legislative Proposals: What Would It Mean to Your Business.” His thoughts on the impact of the legislative proposals are shaped both by his experience as a successful Regional Center operator, and his experience working on Capital Hill and as a former lobbyist.
In addition to these general session and breakout panels, the conference featured a series of EB-5 101 presentations designed to help EB-5 newcomers navigate the intricate details of the Program.
There were many featured speakers throughout the week who discussed their unique insights about the EB-5 industry. These included, guest of honor, Jon Huntsman, former U.S. Ambassador to China and Utah governor; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Maria Odom; Chief of the U.S. State Department Visa Controls Office Charles Oppenheim; Mayor of Fort Worth Betsy Price; Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins,; and Surveillance Director of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Dawn Colonge.
“With the help of our members, event sponsors, and leadership, IIUSA hosted a record breaking EB-5 Market Exchange this year in Dallas, Texas,” said IIUSA Executive Director Peter D. Joseph. “Attendees from across the globe came to this event to network, learn, and grow in their understanding of the EB-5 Program. The Program is constantly evolving legislatively, legally, and in our best practices and this has proven time and time again to be an effective forum to discuss those changes. Our broad base of membership attendees were also able to connect better than ever before with other stakeholders in the industry.”