Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Minority Chamber to hold Puerto Rico Reconstruction Summit on Aug. 30

By on August 3, 2018

SAN JUAN – Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit U.S Minority Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is holding its 2nd Puerto Rico Reconstruction Summit 2018, “Planning Today for Rebuilding Tomorrow,” from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at the Marriott Resort in San Juan.

The conference, themed, “Be Ready for the Big One!” is aimed at providing an update on the reconstruction and contracting efforts on the island by experts from the private sector representing the areas of technology, construction, energy and emergency preparedness, “as well as federal government leaders addressing immediate needs as related to response, repair, remediation, and restoration of Puerto Rico,” reads a release announcing that registration is open.

The summit will provide business opportunities to attendees interested in Puerto Rico’s “rapidly advancing reconstruction, through innovative ideas and products from the tech world,” the organization said, referring to opportunities in construction, housing energy development, building services, insurance, environmental hygiene, and hazardous materials mitigation.

“Data-center emergency solutions consultants are also among those who will certainly benefit through valuable work opportunities in disaster response,” the organizers assured.

Puerto Rico is facing enormous challenges,” said Doug Mayorga, CEO of MCC. “Every time a business or homeowner experiences a loss of electrical power, communication or other major issues related to hurricane impact, a lucrative new business opportunity is created for entrepreneurs willing and able to step up to help address these problems.”

“We are investing in Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands, no matter how long it takes to rebuild…stronger than it was before – we will be participating as a component in the reconstruction inside communication. Hurricane Maria caused massive destruction and the needs are enormous, but so is the opportunity to reconstruct a better, more resilient Puerto Rico – one that is more cohesive, and where everyone has an equal opportunity to shape their own destiny for their citizens. We are supporting USMCC because its credibility and success, going directly to our interest in Puerto Rico and U.S Virgin Islands,” added Sean Lee, CEO of Data Stream Mobile Technology, which is hosting the summit.

The summit discussions are titled: “The Energy Challenge in Puerto Rico“; “Update on Economic Overview of Puerto Rico“; “New Legislation in favor of Reconstruction”; “Securing Government Contracts & Doing Business with FEMA”; “The Municipality of Puerto Rico: Challenges and Opportunities”; “Interpreting GSA Contracting for Puerto Rico“; “The Disaster Experience”; and  “U.S. and Puerto Rico Private Sector Speak out: Experiences & Challenges in Puerto Rico Reconstruction.”

MCC’s release lists the following “benefits of conference attendance”:

  • Thursday August 30, 2018 delegation will have a welcome reception at the MCC’s Offices
  • Friday August 31, 2018 delegations will have a corporate reception with private sector
  • Access to MCC’s database of 25,000 minority-company emails, profiles, trades, and proprietors – to expand their marketing efforts.
  • Free virtual service for 30 days at MCC centers in MiamiNew YorkWashington, and Puerto Rico with VIP services.
  • 30 days of public relations services for any Puerto Rican company wishing to gain access to lucrative markets of MiamiWashington, and Honduras.
  • Saturday September 1– Delegation will have Back to 80 Parties -Public Recognitions
  • Sunday September 2 – Delegations will visit different cities in Puerto Rico

MCC has a Puerto Rico Hub Center in San Juan that offers businesses pursuing opportunities in the island’s reconstruction process with support such as relocation and small-business development services.

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