Letter of Support from Member of Congress Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
California Service Center
ATTN: EB5 RC Proposal
24000 Avila Road, 2nd Floor
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Dear Examiner:

I write to show my strong support that the U.S. Immigration Fund and Harbourside Place be approved by the United States Customs and Immigration Services as a government-approved regional center. These projects will spur foreign investment and create badly needed jobs in my home region of South Florida.

These projects have the full support of local officials. The initial project has been strongly endorsed by the Town of Jupiter. Not only will Harbourside Place create business and entertainment opportunities for Jupiter that are currently lacking, but the Regional Center will assist Jupiter and the Treasure Coast in its efforts to position themselves as an internationally recognized biotechnology hub. Already home to the renowned Max Planck Institute, the Scripps Research Institute, and a number of small biotechnology firms, the U.S. Immigration Fund will strengthen the Town of Jupiter’s position in the biotech community by providing badly needed financing options for biotechnology manufacturing facilities. This will enable South Florida to not only develop new technologies, but also to manufacture them as well.

As you are aware, Dr. Michael Evans, a prominent economist, has concluded that the Harbourside Place project could create as many as 2,000 permanent jobs in the region – including 954 direct jobs, 478 indirect jobs and 568 induced jobs. It will require exactly this type of investment to turn Florida’s crippled economy around. Florida’s unemployment rate currently hovers at 11.2 percent – several percentage points higher than the national average.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter. The U.S. Immigration Fund and Harbourside Place projects, which has already received site plan approval from the Jupiter Town Council, have my full endorsement.

Sincerely,

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Member of Congress

June 30, 2010