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Episode #18
June 29, 2015

Economic Development in St. Louis

Laura Hughes, a graduate of St. Louis University School of Law, is a project manager who is acutely aware of the fact that time is money. She immediately went to work for a public-private partnership after law school at the Gateway EB-5 Investment Center. EB-5 is a United States visa program that entitles foreigners to obtain a permanent visa in exchange for an investment in certain economic development projects. She operates out of the World Trade Center in St. Louis, playing matchmaker for foreign investors and local real estate developers. From due diligence to navigating regulations, she uses her pre-law and legal experience to help St. Louis prosper.