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Jeffrey Deitrich, Jonathan Bloch, Jeff Lugosi and Chad Ellsworth Jared Polis Enrique Gonzalez, Laura Foote Reiff and Jared Polis The conference opened with a breakfast keynote address from Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). Senator Paul spoke about his support for the EB-5 program and the need for its improvement through immigration reform and encouraged advocacy for programs that create jobs and foster economic growth. The senator has a history of promoting economic stimulus. In 2013, Senator Paul and fellow Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell introduced the Economic Freedom Zones Act, which promotes small business growth in economically challenged areas. Senator Paul further discussed the need for programs like the EB-5 visa to strengthen the American economy. Jason Brown asking a question of Congressman Polis During lunch, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), author of the American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2015, spoke about program advocacy and improvements through legislation. Congressman Polis’ speech focused on the importance of permanent reauthorization and the passing of reforms that would allow the program to thrive. The conference was a breeding ground for new ideas to improve the program. Panelists and attendees discussed strategies to address permanent reauthorization and the types of improvements brought up by Senator Paul and Congressman Polis. Congressman Polis spoke on a panel after his speech, discussing the path to effective, positive EB-5 legislation. After voicing his continued support for the EB-5 program at the conference, Congressman Polis formally introduced the American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2015 to the House of Representatives on Jan. 28. Jennifer Purdue (left) and Kelley Paul, wife of Senator Rand Paul The 3rd Annual Las Vegas EB-5