The regional center is geared specifically towards investors who have the money, but they don't necessarily want to be intimately involved in developing and running a business day by day. They have the capital available, they want to give it to somebody who has a business project who has the infrastructure and the administrative structure already set up to develop this project and create the necessary amount of jobs. And typically in that sort of a situation, the investor is going to buy into the regional center usually as a limited partner in a job creating enterprise that is managed by the Regional Center itself. There is requirement that the investor be actively participating in the program, but in reality, that requires a fairly minimal amount of participation which is often the case in a limited partnership where limited partnerships are really supplying the capital, the general partner is the one that's really running the show.
In a regional center, because you're investing your money into something that somebody else is running, it is extremely important to do your due diligence or do your homework. Look into that investment. Make sure that this business plan that they are proposing really is likely to fly. Because as the investor, that is your responsibility. The immigration service is not going to be looking out to make sure that you don't lose your money. So, it's very important to take some time and consider different options when you're looking at regional centers. But once you've found one that you're comfortable with, they typically do all the work. You provide the money, you sign the documents, and then the regional center invests that money in a particular job creation project. And job creation projects can range all across the board from vertical parking lots in New York City as an enterprise or running a taxi cab company to developing charter schools or building hotels, resorts, running ski resorts. The sky is the limit. As long as it is a commercial enterprise, it's going to stick around long enough to create 10 jobs for US workers over a period of two years.