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Fast Ferry Service to Seattle: An Encouraging First Step Toward Regional Growth

Seattle is geographically constrained by a narrow peninsula between Lake Washington and Elliott Bay. Growth can be painful when you have to fight your geography, as Seattle has done for over 100 years. However, new and...more

The Clean Growth Strategy - Government releases its strategy for a low carbon future

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 October the Government released its latest strategy to promote “clean growth” in the UK. It sees clean growth as growing the UK’s national income, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate...more

EB-5 Program Is Extended Without Changes Until December 8, 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

On September 8, President Trump signed into law H.R. 601 which will keep the U.S. federal government open through December 8, 2017. As a result, the EB-5 Regional Center Program is now extended until such date without any...more

Former NC Secretary of Commerce on HQ2: Charlotte is Amazon’s Answer

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

It’s been called the Olympics of the corporate world, Amazon Idol and the biggest economic development event in a generation. It’s thrown the economic development world into mayhem. It’s the race for HQ2....more

Extended Again: No Policy Changes for EB-5, Yet

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In September, as part of federal spending legislation, the EB-5 Regional Center Program received a short-term extension through December 8, 2017. The Program has been similarly extended, with no change in policy, on multiple...more

Africa Stand Up Vision 2025: Strengthening supply chains – the key challenge for Africa

by Hogan Lovells on

If Africa wants to change how it trades with the rest of the world, it needs to start by rethinking how it trades with itself. Without urgent improvement, Africa risks remaining a supplier of solely primary materials to which...more

H.R. 601 Extends EB-5 Program and Provides $15.25B of Disaster Relief Funds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

President Trump has signed into law H.R. 601, a continuing resolution that funds the federal government through December 8, 2017, and thereby extends the EB-5 Regional Center Program beyond September 30, 2017—the end of the...more

Virginia’s Tourism Development Financing Program Gains Steam Around the State

by Williams Mullen on

The unique financing alternative afforded to tourism project developers under Virginia Code Section 58.1-3851.1 creates exciting opportunities for growth in tourism and resort areas throughout the state. The expected...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Looking Ahead . . . While the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature has adjourned sine...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - September 2017

by King & Spalding on

USTR Initiates 2017 Annual Review Of Generalized System Of Preferences Product And Country Practices – On August 11, 2017, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a Federal Register notice (the Notice)...more

Reading the Tea Leaves on Trump Tax Reform

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

In a recent speech, President Trump did not provide much detail in regard to the tax reform proposals that are expected soon, or his particular desires. ...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As the scandal grows, WF’s newish CEO, Timothy Sloan, faces the unfortunate reality of being a company man (30-years at Wells) when the foundations of that company are cracking....more

The Bigger Picture: Economic Development Means More Than Increased Jobs and Tax Revenues

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In the public debate that rages in the press and the Twittersphere, economic development projects are often measured by two prominent metrics: the number of jobs to be created and the amount of increased tax revenues...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Q2 saw US growth hit the 3% mark for the first time in two years, besting last quarter’s lackluster showing by almost 2%. The report helped boost stocks across the board....more

China Issues Formal Guidance for Outbound Direct Investments

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Key Points: ..The guidelines classify outbound investment into three groups: encouraged, restricted, and prohibited transactions. ..China will promote outbound direct investments transactions that are strategically...more

Investment opportunities in the Fisheries and Aquaculture sector in Oman

by Dentons on

Oman's "Tanfeedh" programme has been established to promote economic diversification in the Sultanate. Tanfeedh aims to reduce dependence on the oil and gas sector, focusing on five key business sectors – manufacturing,...more

U.S. Government’s Power Africa Initiative Releases 2017 Annual Report Highlighting More Than 80 Power Africa Transactions Closed...

On August 21, 2017, Power Africa published its 2017 Annual Report highlighting more than 80 Power Africa transactions closed and more than $14.5 billion in financings since its inception. Overall, it has facilitated the...more

IRS Focuses on Tax Exempt Financings Involving Developers

For a number of years, the IRS Office of Tax-Exempt Bonds ("TEB") has expressed concerns about potential tax abuses that may exist in what it has characterized as "developer-driven deals" involving the use of tax-exempt...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - August 2017 #3

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - “Industry Experts Advise GovCon Firms to Prepare for Possible Gov Shutdown.” ExecutiveGov, August 16, 2017. Retrieved from executivegov.com - An ExecutiveGov article from August 16, 2017 analyzes...more

UPenn Study Finds that GOP Plan to Cut Immigration Will Lower America’s GDP

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School shows that the Republican plan to cut immigration in half will reduce the U.S. per capita gross domestic product by .7 percent over the next ten years, and by 2...more

New Property Tax Exemption for All South Carolina Manufacturers

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act, 2017 Act 40, was recently enacted and is designed to enhance South Carolina’s economic competitiveness. The Act, commonly referred to as the gas tax bill,...more

Second term for Uhuru Kenyatta begins with work clearly cut out

by Hogan Lovells on

Kenya’s 2017 General Elections have been one of the most anticipated and closely monitored. For the first time, the sitting president, Uhuru Kenyatta was working to defend his position against a united opposition. Close to...more

John Skvarla on the Strength of North Carolina Commerce

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In May, North Carolina won Site Selection magazine’s 2017 Prosperity Cup, earning recognition once again for its economic appeal and ability to attract new investments while offering a climate that supports growth. On the...more

Republic of Guinea Passes Public–Private Partnership Law to Lure Investors

by Jones Day on

Guinea's Urgent Need for Critical Infrastructures - Guinea is a geological goldmine, quite literally, when one considers the high concentration of natural resources in its soil (including diamonds, gold, iron, bauxite,...more

Ukraine: on track to becoming an attractive investment destination

by DLA Piper on

Situated between the European, Russian and Asian markets, Ukraine, with its highly qualified workforce and a number of inexpensive assets on offer, is an interesting prospect for investors, particularly those who are looking...more

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