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Notre Dame engineers part of consortium proposing US-Mexico ‘energy-water corridor’ in lieu of border wall - University of Notre Dame
Engineering professors at the University of Notre Dame have joined a consortium of 28 scientists, researchers and engineers in a proposal to build an extensive energy- and water-producing industrial corridor along the U.S.-Mexico border as an alternative to a border wall.
green-economy  sustainable-development  immigration-reform  Around-the-web  this-week-450 
2 days ago by areadevelopment
As U.S. Cracks Down on H1-B Visas, Latin America Adds Fast-Track Alternatives for Entrepreneurs and Investors - Entrepreneur
More and more entrepreneurs are setting up offices in Latin America where they can still hire talented foreigners without any visa hassle.
Around-the-web  this-week-439  H1-B-visas  startup-visa  immigration-reform  government-policy 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Trump Booted Foreign Startup Founders. Other Countries Embraced Them - Bloomberg
Flair is hiring in Vancouver, where AlMasoud was one of the first people accepted to a startup visa program that looks a lot like the fast-track Obama plan Trump blew up. In the past 18 months, similar programs with a range of perks have sprung up in at least a dozen countries, including the U.K., China, Japan, Israel, Germany, Estonia, Australia, and New Zealand.
startup-visa  immigration-reform  Around-the-web  this-week-438  government-policy 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
H-1B Workers Are Leaving Trump’s America for the Canadian Dream - Bloomberg
The long wait for green cards was bad enough. Antagonism toward immigrants is pushing skilled foreigners across the border.
this-week-422  Around-the-web  Matt  engineering  skilled-labor  immigration  canada  location-canada  immigration-reform  jobs  workforce  trump  government-policy 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
U.S. retailers hit as immigration worries weigh on Hispanic spending - Reuters
Many U.S. Hispanics are venturing out only to buy essential goods and are cutting back on discretionary spending, worried about possible harassment by immigration or law enforcement officials since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, according to community groups, research firms and retailers.
this-week-396  Around-the-web  Matt  retail  retail-industry  immigration  immigration-reform  trump  government-policy 
august 2017 by areadevelopment
Trump administration officially delays ‘startup visa’ rule - San Francisco Chronicle
The notice roiled many in Silicon Valley, who were looking forward to this rule as a way to make it easier for entrepreneurs to come to the U.S. — especially when countries like Canada are luring talented foreigners to their borders with more welcoming visa laws.
startup-visa  immigration-reform  high-tech  Around-the-web  government-policy  this-week-394 
july 2017 by areadevelopment
U.S. Garment Production Wouldn't Be a Thing Without Immigrants - Fashionista
Immigrants represent a significant portion of the fashion industry's skilled workforce, and the current political administration’s anti-immigration stance runs counter to any hope of bringing garment manufacturing back to the U.S.
immigration-reform  government-policy  apparel  Around-the-web  this-week-391 
july 2017 by areadevelopment
Immigration Is at the Heart of U.S. Competitiveness - HBR
I believe the U.S. draws its global competitive advantage from its openness to new people and new ideas. It’s an ability the country devalues at its peril. We risk impeding growth in sectors such as high tech and life sciences if we make it harder for top talent to arrive and compete for jobs. From my personal experience, including in the corner office, I firmly believe that curtailing immigration will make it harder to sustain America’s vibrant, creative mix.
immigration-reform  immigration  competitiveness  innovation  Around-the-web  this-week-386  opinion 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
H-1B visas: The top 5 myths - TechRepublic
While specific changes to the H-1B visa plan are not confirmed, the travel ban has already impacted employers and workers. There are currently approximately 400,000 H-1B employees. The H-1B program is not the only visa foreign-born workers in the US use—there's the L-1, the F-1 OPT, and a handful of others—but it is the most widely used. And changes to the H-1B plan will certainly impact the tech industry, as tech companies are the primary employers of these visa holders.
h-1b  immigration-reform  workforce-development  industry-reports  high-tech  government-policy  Around-the-web  this-week-376 
february 2017 by areadevelopment
Immigrants Play a Disproportionate Role in American Entrepreneurship - HBR
With many places looking to stoke economic growth, state and local governments have clamored to launch initiatives to attract more immigrant entrepreneurs, hoping they will found businesses and create more jobs. Globally, many countries are doing the same — for example, Chile pays overseas entrepreneurs to come visit for six months through its Start-Up Chile program, as a way to build global bridges and foster an entrepreneurial culture at home.

But to harness immigrant entrepreneurship for better growth and job creation, we need more hard facts.
startup-visa  h-1b  small-business  government-policy  immigration-reform  Around-the-web  this-week-369 
november 2016 by areadevelopment
U.S. Proposes Immigration Rule Aimed at Entrepreneurs - The New York Times
The proposal, which does not require congressional approval, would allow immigration officials to admit entrepreneurs case by case. To qualify, an applicant must have an “active and central role,” and a significant ownership stake, in an American company founded in the last three years.
startup-visa  startup  immigration-reform  Around-the-web  this-week-363  government-policy 
august 2016 by areadevelopment
Reprioritizing EB-5 program goals to benefit targeted areas - Brookings Institution
A sometimes controversial visa program for foreign investors is back in the news again, with a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission against a Seattle-based developer (a former Tibetan monk) accused of diverting millions of dollars to personal use.
EB-5-visa  immigration-reform  capital-access  Around-the-web  this-week-321 
september 2015 by areadevelopment
Employers Need More Visas, but Abuse Claims Multiply - Stateline - The Pew Charitable
Tech companies, backed by many governors and mayors, want the federal government to expand the number of H1-B visas to fill high-skill jobs. But some labor advocates want to change or end the program, arguing that employers are exploiting it to find cheap, disposable labor.
skilled-labor  STEM-workforce  H1-B-visa  immigration  immigration-reform  high-tech  this-week-309  Around-the-web 
june 2015 by areadevelopment
H-1Bs And How Changing The System Will Help Startups - Xconomy
Even with the United States’ high unemployment levels, more than a quarter of technological employers report difficulty in filling open positions. Foreign high-skilled workers can help fill this gap, and provide U.S. companies with the kind of know-how necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
h-1b  immigration-reform  STEM-workforce  skills-gap  skilled-labor  this-week-299  around-the-web 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
Improving workers’ skills must include immigrants - Brookings Institution
As the (mostly white) baby boomers retire, a more diverse generation of workers—whose ranks were shaped by immigration—will replace them. In fact, immigrants are projected to account for almost all of the nation’s labor force growth through 2050, by which time 37 percent of the U.S. population is projected to be foreign born or the children of immigrants.
immigration-reform  government-policy  this-week-294  around-the-web 
february 2015 by areadevelopment
The Remedy to America's Stalled Startup Activity: Immigration Reform - Dane Stangler, vice president of Research & Policy, Kauffman Foundation - Forbes
Pick up almost any academic paper on immigrant entrepreneurship and you will find a sentence that says something like this: A substantial body of research finds that immigrants have higher rates of business ownership than native-born Americans.
entrepreneurship  small-business  startup  startup-visa  immigration-reform  this-week-290  around-the-web  h-1b 
january 2015 by areadevelopment
Innovation Hub: How Immigrants Fuel Innovation - Xconomy
Immigration policy reform is a hot-button issue right now, but it’s affecting the innovation economy in unexpected ways. U.S. companies are having a hard time recruiting enough skilled workers to fill all their high-level science, tech, and engineering positions.
immigration-reform  startup  high-tech  skilled-labor  skills-gap  this-week-282  around-the-web 
november 2014 by areadevelopment
America’s Crazy, Upside-Down Immigration System - Vivek Wadhwa - POLITICO Magazine
Visit the campuses of engineering colleges in the United States, and you’ll find that a large proportion of the students are foreign-born. Ask these students what they expect to do when they graduate, and nearly all will say that they plan to complete a one- or two-year internship in the United States and then return home.
workforce-development  immigration-reform  STEM-workforce  education  this-week-271  around-the-web 
july 2014 by areadevelopment
Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates on Immigration Reform -
Signs of a more productive attitude in Washington — which passage of a well-designed immigration bill would provide — might well lift spirits and thereby stimulate the economy.
government-policy  immigration-reform  opinion  this-week-270  around-the-web 
july 2014 by areadevelopment
American Competitiveness Demands Immigration Reform - Harvard Business Review
There is wide recognition that we must fix our immigration system, but the many ways in which more open immigration would help build the economy are still not fully appreciated.
around-the-web  this-week-251  immigration-reform  government-policy  entrepreneurship  competitiveness  visa 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
Governors Pitch Novel Tactics to Create Jobs - Stateline
Governors of both parties also are proposing to reduce taxes or red tape on businesses, with the hope that employers will hire and expand more.  For example..
metros  government-policy  immigration-reform  workforce-development  healthcare-industry  this-week-249  around-the-web 
february 2014 by areadevelopment
Will Immigration Reform Affect Manufacturing Wages? - News
Debate on immigration reform continues to rage with strongly divergent opinions about how such legislation would affect the economy and national security. Among the concerns of American workers is whether an influx of legal foreign workers could instigate a drop in manufacturing wages. 
immigration-reform  u.s.-manufacturing  around-the-web  this-week-228 
august 2013 by areadevelopment
The Shocking Stats About Who's Really Starting Companies In America + Fast Company
Fully a third of venture-backed companies that went public between 2006 and 2012 had at least one immigrant founder at the helm. Arianna Huffington and other prominent entrepreneurs on why the U.S. needs to get creative about immigration policy.
labor  immigration-reform  around-the-web  immigration  venturecapital  high-tech  this-week-226  hb-1-visa  startup  skilled-labor  innovation 
august 2013 by areadevelopment
Cities Develop Immigrant Attraction Plans to Fuel Economic Growth - SSTI Weekly Digest
As federal immigration reform remains in gridlock, cities are leading a charge to make America more welcoming to immigrants. Driven by the potential economic growth, mayors and regional economic development organizations are moving ahead with the creation of new initiatives and entities to attract and retain high-skilled immigrants. For mid-sized, and even larger cities, high-skilled immigrants are viewed as untapped, potential tech entrepreneurs who in the past have been drawn to Silicon Valley and other tech hubs.
immigration-reform  economic-development-news  around-the-web  metros  this-week-225 
august 2013 by areadevelopment
The Immigrant Brain Drain: How America Is Losing Its High-Tech Talent - The Business Desk with Paul Solman - PBS
There aren't enough IT jobs to meet demand? Vivek Wadhwa, director of research at Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University and a fellow at Stanford Law School, questions that claim. He responds to Wednesday's post on the Making Sen$e Business Desk from Hal Salzman, B. Lindsay Lowell and Daniel Kuehn, in which they argued that competition from high-tech guest workers is keeping domestic workers' wages low and making it harder for native STEM graduates to find jobs in their fields.
labor  immigration-reform  workforce-development  around-the-web  skills-gap  high-tech  this-week-224  education  skilled-labor 
july 2013 by areadevelopment
Tech Talent Recruiting Geography: How Silicon Valley Will Compete - Pacific Standard
The Innovation Economy peaked with the last financial crisis. In the emerging epoch—the Talent Economy—the competition among companies like Google and Facebook for the same pool of ideas makers will reshape our cities.
labor  this-week-221  immigration-reform  workforce-development  silicon-valley  diaspora  around-the-web  metros  high-tech  demographics  skilled-labor 
july 2013 by areadevelopment
A Bill Allowing More Foreign Workers Stirs a Tech Debate -
As the Senate voted on a landmark immigration bill that would let Silicon Valley companies import more foreign engineers, some Americans remain locked in a deeply emotional argument over whether outsiders are taking jobs away from people like Joey Doernberg.
this-week-221  immigration-reform  around-the-web  high-tech  skilled-labor 
july 2013 by areadevelopment
Some Tech Companies Find Ways Not To Hire Americans - NPR
Lawmakers continue to wrangle over a bill that would overhaul the nation's immigration system. One provision in this bill would allow companies to import a lot more skilled workers. The tech industry has lobbied hard for this, despite fears among some American workers about the extra competition.
immigration-reform  hb-1-visa  high-tech  this-week-220  around-the-web 
june 2013 by areadevelopment
Gary Shapiro: Bring in Foreign Talent to Create US Jobs
Canada gets it. They are recruiting the world’s brightest people, who our crazy immigration laws repel. Canada has a billboard in Silicon Valley that states “H-1B Problems? Pivot to Canada.”
immigration-reform  STEM-workforce  around-the-web  this-week-216  hb-1-visa  skilled-labor  STEM-visa 
may 2013 by areadevelopment
Immigration Reform Would Impact Manufacturers - Area Development Online
Comprehensive immigration reform is one of the top priorities of the Obama administration. This includes reforms that will keep highly skilled workers in the United States, as well as the creation of a new system to bring skilled workers into the country when Americans aren’t available to fill jobs.
immigration-reform  manufacturing  jobs  immigration  workforce  economic-development  obama 
may 2013 by areadevelopment
Want to Get High-Skill Immigration Right? Think About Detroit - Jordan Weissmann - The Atlantic
Rust Belt cities are hoping that immigrants can help rebuild our their shrinking communities. Washington should gear policy to helping them.
immigration-reform  around-the-web  immigration  this-week-215  detroit  skilled-labor 
may 2013 by areadevelopment
Caterpillar Tells Senate that Immigration Reform is Needed Now - Shopfloor
Caterpillar is doing its part in spreading that message, sending its Chief Technology Officer, Gwenne Henricks, to Capitol Hill today to testify before the Senate Commerce Committee.
immigration-reform  government-policy  around-the-web  STEM  caterpillar  hb-1-visa  skilled-labor  this-week-214 
may 2013 by areadevelopment
Senate Considering New Visa Program To Encourage Tech Startups - Small Business Trends
The U.S. Senate is considering legislation that would create a pool of 75,000 immigrant visas. The idea behind these visas is to encourage new business startups. Supporters cite data suggesting Startup Visas, as they are called, could eventually create 1.6 million new jobs over the next decade.
immigration-reform  startup-visa  government-policy  around-the-web  h-1b  high-tech  this-week-212 
april 2013 by areadevelopment
The ‘startup visa’: Why Canada made it a priority & why the U.S. should too - MedCity News
Governments can be notorious for slow change, especially in the eyes of entrepreneurs who move at an incredibly fast-pace. But Canada’s federal government moved impressively quickly to implement this new visa, which is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurs from all over the globe to call us home. What does the startup visa accomplish?
immigration-reform  startup-visa  around-the-web  this-week-212 
april 2013 by areadevelopment
A Balancing Act for H-1B Visas - Brookings Institution
The annual H-1B visa scramble ended in just five days earlier this month.  Due to high employer demand, 39,000 requests for H-1B workers were denied, and the 65,000 available visas were allocated using a lottery system.  So it’s wait until next year for those out of luck.
immigration-reform  around-the-web  h-1b  this-week-211  hb-1-visa  skilled-labor 
april 2013 by areadevelopment
Tech Firms Push to Hire More Workers From Abroad -
Silicon Valley is battling in Washington to make the immigration process easier for thousands of people like Mr. Sankhla, many of them Indian engineers, while also pushing to hire many more guest workers from abroad. Rarely has the industry been so single-mindedly focused on a national policy issue, with executives like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and John T. Chambers of Cisco personally involved.
immigration-reform  startup-visa  government-policy  silicon-valley  around-the-web  high-tech  this-week-211  hb-1-visa  skilled-labor 
april 2013 by areadevelopment
H-1B Visa Applications As An Economic Indicator - Planet Money : NPR
The demand from American companies for high-skilled immigrants seems to be up this year. And that could mean something is about to change for the overall economy.
immigration-reform  workforce-development  this-week-210  around-the-web  immigration  h-1b  skilled-labor 
april 2013 by areadevelopment
Coming to America: the 5 Best Visa Options for Startup Entrepreneurs - Forbes
On April 1st applications open up for the annual allowance of 65,000 H1B visas, the standard professional visa. This year, with the economy picking up, USCIS are expecting to receive more than the 65,000 cap within the first 5 days of April which means, like 2007 and 2008, a lottery will be conducted.
immigration-reform  this-week-209  startup-visa  around-the-web  hb-1-visa 
april 2013 by areadevelopment
Immigration and Innovation -
By any reasonable assessment, a clear majority of the world’s top universities are in the United States. These universities attract talent from all over the globe. Most engineering Ph.D.’s granted at American universities now go to people born abroad.
immigration-reform  startup-visa  this-week-202  eb-6-visa  education 
february 2013 by areadevelopment
Obama Backs 'Startup Visas' For Foreign-Born Tech Entrepreneurs In Immigration Speech - Huffington Post
In a major address on immigration policy in Las Vegas, Obama touted the need for a "startup visa" that allows immigrants who found startups to live in the United States as long as they raise a minimum level of financing and employ a certain number of workers. They could "remain permanently" in the country if their startups continue to grow, he said.
immigration-reform  startup-visa  government-policy  twitterfeed  around-the-web  this-week-200 
january 2013 by areadevelopment
Can Immigration Reform Boost High-Skilled Manufacturing? - News
A comprehensive immigration reform policy that provides improved access to visas for high-skilled workers could provide a pathway to citizenship for many immigrants. These skilled employees have the potential to boost American manufacturing companies and help bridge the talent gap. President Obama and various industry groups support such reforms, but they may be facing an uphill battle.
immigration-reform  startup-visa  u.s.-manufacturing  around-the-web  immigration  high-tech  this-week-200  skilled-labor 
january 2013 by areadevelopment
U.S. Immigration Policy Is Killing Entrepreneurship. Here's What to Do About It - Forbes
In this academic year, three in 10 MIT students, including four in 10 graduate students, are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. So for them our entrepreneurship class is likely to remain just an academic exercise. Their student visas expire when they graduate, leaving them with two options, to leave the country or find an existing company to sponsor them for a chance at an H-1B visa.
h-1b  eb-6-visa  startup-visa  immigration-reform  around-the-web 
january 2013 by areadevelopment
America needs more immigrants, and here are four ways to get them - Quartz
Immigration, long the backbone of American innovation, entrepreneurism, and human talent, has become a dirty word in recent years. This is unfortunate, because strategically conceived and well-targeted immigration should be seen as a precision tool for America to insure the best, optimal human capital needed to compete in the 21st century.
immigration-reform  skilled-labor  small-business  startup-visa  this-week-198  around-the-web  h-1b 
january 2013 by areadevelopment
Can the U.S. Create 8.8 Million Jobs By Boosting Immigrant Start-ups? - Forbes
The EIR program is a good idea. But it would be even better to pass the Startup Visa Act because it would let proven entrepreneurs start their businesses here instead of taking them outside the country where others get the benefit of the training those entrepreneurs got in the U.S.
EB-5-visa  around-the-web  This-Week-193  immigration-reform  immigration  startup-visa 
december 2012 by areadevelopment
Why America Is Losing the Race for Entrepreneurial Talent - Knowledge@Wharton
In 2005, immigrant entrepreneurs launched 52% of all startups in Silicon Valley. But today, the number has dropped to 44%, and America is not only losing the opportunity to create new jobs but also losing its competitive edge, argues Vivek Wadhwa
around-the-web  This-Week-192  immigration  immigration-reform  h-1b  startup-visa  skilled-labor 
november 2012 by areadevelopment
The Door for Immigration Reform is Open. But How Wide? - Brookings Institution
The 2012 elections illustrated how the emergence of a new American mainstream played an important role in re-electing President Obama, potentially opening the door for debate, compromise, and action on immigration reform. This past Wednesday, President Obama expressed confidence that immigration reform is possible early in the beginning of his second term. Despite a divided Congress, it is in the interest of both sides of the aisle to fix America’s immigration system.
around-the-web  This-Week-191  startup-visa  hb-1-visa  immigration-reform  immigration 
november 2012 by areadevelopment

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