RIMS II Update, 5/31 Processing Times, New RCs (AZ, CA, FL, NV, TX)

News from the Bureau of Economic Analysis regarding RIMS II:

BEA to Release Modified Regional Input-Output Model in 2015
The Bureau of Economic Analysis plans to release in 2015 a modified economic model to replace the original Regional Input-Output Modeling System (RIMS II). Cost savings will be realized because the modified model will be updated less frequently.
Much like RIMS II, the modified model will produce regional “multipliers” that can be used in economic impact studies to estimate the total economic impact of a project on a region.
However, the modified model will be updated with new input-output (I-O) data only for benchmark years. That is — years ending in 2 and 7. The modified model will become available to customers in 2015 and incorporate 2007 benchmark I-O data and 2012 regional economic data.
Last year, as a result of budget sequestration and reduced funding levels, BEA discontinued updates to RIMS II. Orders for RIMS II multipliers, however, have continued to be accepted because the cost of fulfilling these orders is covered by a nominal processing fee.
After investigating ways to continue to meet the analytical needs of our customers but do so at a lower cost to BEA, the bureau decided to make a modified economic model available. Until the modified model is available in 2015, customers may continue to buy RIMS II multipliers.

USCIS has updated Processing Time Information for the Immigrant Investor Program Office. Average processing times for EB-5 petitions as of 5/312014 were 13.2 months for I-526, 7.9 months for I-829, and 5.4 months for I-924 (the previous report showed 12.4, 8.7, and 4.4 months respectively). The USCIS Regional Center page explains that the estimated time for I-924 processing went way down last month because USCIS stopped including I-924A in the average (and due to increased efficiency).

Additions to the USCIS Regional Center List, 6/24/2014 to 7/8/2014

  • RCI Arizona Regional Center, LLC (Arizona)
  • Encore California RC, LLC (California): encoreeb5.com
  • Front Burner Restaurants Regional Center – Southern California (California)
  • SoCal Regional Center, LLC (California)
  • EB5 Affiliate Network State of Florida Regional Center, LLC (Florida): www.eb5affiliatenetwork.com
  • EB5 Affiliate Network State of Nevada Regional Center, LLC (Nevada): www.eb5affiliatenetwork.com
  • Renewable Texas Energy Regional Center (Texas): texaseb5rc.com

About Suzanne (www.lucidtext.com)
Suzanne Lazicki is a business plan writer, EB-5 expert, and founder of Lucid Professional Writing. Contact me at suzanne@lucidtext.com (626) 660-4030.

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