Wealthy foreign business people — whether from China, India, South America, or elsewhere — are often looking for projects in the United States to invest in.
But it isn't necessarily America's economy that is attracting them.
In many cases, those investors are looking to take advantage of the federal government's EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, which expedites the green card process for qualifying foreigners who invest a minimum amount of money in a project in the United States.
If a local economic development-focused organization has their way, those investors will have their focus turned toward the Starved Rock region.
Starved Rock Country Alliance, a group started by local entrepreneurs in 2013, has formed a regional center to promote La Salle, Livingston, Bureau and Putnam counties to those foreign investors.
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