NYC Hispanic CofC Going Ahead with Mid-November Conference in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – The New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will not cancel its planned conference in Puerto Rico in mid-November and has included relief efforts to help the island recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in September.
“We are moving forward with our trade mission and economic development conference to Puerto Rico [Nov. 8 – Nov. 13], with the primary goal of shifting to relief efforts and service to those in need. In light of the hurricane, the program and itinerary is undergoing major restructuring,” the entity states on its website.
The group added that further details will soon be announced.
As part of its relief efforts in Puerto Rico, the NYC business group will meet with the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce and assist with clean-up and painting duties at several YMCA facilities on the island. NYC members have also been collecting essential supplies such as fans with batteries, cleaning wipes, hand sanitizers, flashlights, batteries, etc., as well as financial donations.
The effort is being led by businessman Nick Lugo, the president of the NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, whose family is originally from San Germán.
More than one month after Maria hit on Sept. 20, about 80% of residents are still without electricity service, with most of the island at a virtual standstill, business-wise.