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State and federal officials should do more to help highly skilled workers from the
European Union come to California.
That's according to a new report from the Bay Area Council.
Jack Detsch has more.
[[The Bay Area Council Economic Institute's report calls on state lawmakers
to write letters of support for certain immigration applications.
It also says the U-S should create specific visa categories for entrepreneurs
from overseas.
Tracey Grose, the Council's Vice President and a co-author of the report,
says the moves would allow Bay Area firms to recruit more foreign tech
talent and create jobs.
Our companies here are benefitting from European talent. We really need
to be looking at the ability of entrepreneurs from abroad to get their
companies off the ground here and also be able to stay here.
Grose says money from Europe currently accounts for nearly half of foreign
investment in the Bay Area.

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