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CDFA EB-5 Finance Update - May 22, 2018

EB-5 Finance Update
May 22, 2018
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IIUSA Announces Leadership Change for EB-5 Industry Trade Association
The Board of Directors of Invest in the USA (IIUSA) announced on Thursday, May 17 the departure of Peter Joseph as Executive Director of IIUSA - the national trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program. Under his leadership, IIUSA grew to represent a vast majority of capital flowing through the EB-5 Program. As the industry's leading membership organization, IIUSA represents more than 260 federally designated EB-5 Regional Centers across the country, serving 47 states/territories.

JDS Scores Miami's Largest Condo Construction Loan in Nearly a Year
Separately, JDS and Chetrit Group are seeking $130 million in EB-5 financing for their 10-acre Miami River project. When completed, the development is slated to hold nearly 1,700 units, 330 hotel rooms and over 250,000 square feet of retail space. George Washington Immigration Group was tapped to raise the capital.

New York City Regional Center Closes First New Markets Tax Credit Transaction
To receive $65 million in New Market Tax Credit allocations from the U.S. Department of Treasury, the NYCRC was required to demonstrate a mission and track record of providing investment capital for low income communities.  Since its designation in 2008 by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the NYCRC has secured over $1.5 billion of EB-5 capital for twenty-one economic development projects.

Interest in EB-5 Visa Zooms as Trump Plans Curbs on H1B
Applications under EB-5 visa in the US—also popularly known as 'visa for cash'—have more than tripled in the last four years. Indian applications for EB-5 in 2014 stood at 111, and while 2017 numbers are not available country-wise, it is expected to be around 500 to 550. The spurt in Indian visa applications is due to the Trump administrations proposed clampdown on H1B visas.

What You Need to Know About Cape Coral's Downtown High-Rise Development
Cape Coral City Council approved the $130 million Village Square project back in 2010. $66.5 million of the project comes through the federal government's EB-5 program.

Epelboim Development Group Awarded $21.5M Construction Loan for Tru by Hilton
In additional to the $21.5M construction loan, the rest of the capital stack is comprised of private equity and EB-5 capital, totaling $39.5M.

EB-5 developer plans Hyatt brand hotels near LAX
A pair of Hyatt-brand hotels will land on West Century Boulevard outside Los Angeles International Airport, contributing to the expected development boom there. The project is being developed by Westside-based California Real Estate Regional Center, an EB-5 developer.

Macklowe Heads to Asia to find Buyers for One Wall Street
In February, a federal judge ruled that dozens of foreign investors whose money was misused in an EB-5 fraud scheme in Vermont can reinvest their capital in One Wall Street. According to court documents, One Wall Street's owners have raised at least $186 million in EB-5 funds from 373 investors.

CanAm Announces 33rd EB-5 Loan Repayment; More Than 1,700 Investor-Families Fully Repaid
Setting itself apart as an EB-5 industry leader, CanAm Enterprises (CanAm) today announces its 33rd EB-5 loan repayment. To date, more than 1,700 investor-families have received permanent green cards as well as full principal repayment by investing in CanAm's projects.

Miami's EB-5 Regional Center to Shut Down
Founded in 2014 under former Mayor Tomás Regalado and led by attorney Mikki Canton, the center was supposed to inject foreign investment into Miami's economy through a visa program known as EB-5. But the regional center did not generate any money, nor did it produce any visas.

Mack Provides $65M Bridge Loan for Astoria Waterfront Site Acquisition
The developers purchased the site from Criterion Group, paying $85 million according to The Real Deal. TRD cited a lawsuit in which the Bassuk Organization and Greystone EB-5 claimed that Criterion had backed out of $230 million in construction financing that they had secured for the site, including a $215 million loan from Mack and $14 million in EB-5 funding.

Upcoming Events
Intro EB-5 Finance WebCourse

CDFA Federal Financing Webinar Series: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
June 14, 2018 - 2:00 PM Eastern
In this webinar, experts on USDA financing programs will be on hand to discuss the myriad rural development finance programs offered by the USDA, as well as how rural communities can effectively access and deploy USDA grants and loans. The focus of the webinar will be on the Community Facilities (CF) Program, the Rural Energy for America Partnership (REAP), and Rural Business Development Programs.

Spotlight

Small Business Development & Impact Investing White Paper
CDFA's new Small Business Development & Impact Investing White Paper documents the potential of a collaboration between Impact Investors and high performing Development Finance Agencies (DFAs) to fill the capital gaps facing small businesses and to accelerate DFAs as a major source of capital to enable small businesses to grow, create jobs and spur economic and community development.

Headlines

Golden Gate Global Wins Inaugural EB-5 Industry Award
Business Wire | May. 21 | EB-5 Visa

The Unique Challenges of EB-5 Defaults
Commercial Property Executive | May. 21 | EB-5 Visa

Harvey Law Group Offers an Exclusive Investment in Hollywood, CA
Tempo | May. 21 | EB-5 Visa


New Additions to the Online Resource Database

Understanding EB-5 Securities Laws
EB-5 Visa | Economic Development
Mariza McKee from Kutak Rock presents on Understanding EB-5 Securities Law.

Making the Most of EB-5 in Missouri
EB-5 Visa
The EB-5 Program is a federal foreign direct investment, immigration, and regional economic development program that provides access to capital to U.S. businesses and creates American jobs at no expense to the American taxpayer. Use of the program has rapidly gained momentum in the last few years throughout the country, and Missouri is no exception. Matthew Hogan and Kraig Schwigen of CMB Regional Centers and Mariza McKee of Kutak Rock LLP share basics of the program, case studies and considerations for using this valuable tool in Missouri.


The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation's leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing public, private, and non-profit entities alike. For more information, visit www.CDFA.net or email info@cdfa.net


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Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 705-1300
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