U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to Discuss High-Tech Visa Reform Legislation at Optical Engineering Firm Breault Research
TUCSON, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 27, 2007--U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will visit Tucson-based optical software and engineering firm Breault Research Organization, Inc. on Wednesday to meet with leaders of Southern Arizona's growing high-technology industry and discuss possible visa reforms enabling competition in the 21st Century global marketplace.
The meeting will take place at Breault Research Organization, a 30-year-old firm that has been recognized by Gov. Janet Napolitano for excellence in technology development. Breault Research has 50 employees and sells its products in 35 countries.
H-1B visas are critically important to firms such as Breault Research to remain innovative and globally competitive. Nationally, more that 60 percent of H-1B visas are held by workers in computers, science, engineering, and medical positions. More than 40 percent of H-1B visa workers possess graduate or doctorate degrees.
This year, the United States capped new H-1B visas at approximately 65,000, not nearly enough to meet industry demands. The cap was hit on the first day applications were accepted, meaning that much-needed, well-educated high-tech workers were not available to U.S. companies.
Giffords, a member of the House Science and Technology Committee, will outline several H-1B visa reform ideas and solicit comments and suggestions from the executives. The Tucson lawmaker is planning to introduce legislation in December that accurately reflects industry needs.
WHAT: Discussion and Press Conference at Breault Research Organization
WHEN: 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28
WHERE: 6400 E Grant Road, Suite 350, Tucson, AZ 85715
About Breault Research Organization (BRO)
BRO is an optical engineering firm providing optical software products and training courses that help engineers turn creative visions into working prototypes. The company's own engineers work on beyond-state-of-the-art projects for Fortune 500 companies, research institutions, and top government labs. BRO has been recognized by the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for technology export achievements, received Wells Fargo Copper Cactus Awards for Best Place to Work and Community Service, was named Arizona's 2010 Small Business Innovator of the Year, and has been commended by United States Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano for excellence in technology development. BRO is an ISO 9001:2008 registered company steadfastly committed to quality, innovation, and the success of its clients.
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