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Puerto Rico CPA Society to hold 3rd Municipal Affairs Forum

By on March 5, 2019

SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Society of CPAs (CCPA by its Spanish initials) announced Tuesday the Third Municipal Affairs Forum, which will be held Friday at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Juan. The event aims to help guide municipalities on the economic challenges they face and offer alternatives.

During the forum, which kicks off at 8:45 a.m. and runs through 4:30 p.m., participants will receive information on the following topics: Opportunity Zones; Municipal Revenue Collection Center (CRIM by its Spanish acronym) incentives and development projects; solutions to improve operational efficiency related to information; innovation and technology; and the availability, management and enforcement of federal funds.

“Currently, Puerto Rico’s municipalities are affected by many economic situations, and these consequences represent major challenges for these institutions, their administration and citizens,” CCPA President Cecilia Colón Ouslán said in a statement.

Meanwhile, CCPA Municipal Affairs Committee Chairman Aníbal Jover Pagés noted that “in this forum, we intend to discuss some of the issues the municipalities are currently facing and identify viable alternatives to be able to address them in an effective manner,” adding that “it’s important to point out the means and resources that are available to overcome” those challenges.

Among those participating in the event are Economic Development Secretary Manuel Laboy; CRIM Executive Director Reinaldo Paniagua; Housing Department’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program deputy secretary, Dennis González; Puerto Rico Chief Investment Officer Gerardo Portela; DLA Piper (P.R.) LLC partner, CPA and attorney Manuel López; GianGonz Consulting Group principal partner Giancarlo González; and COO of eCivis Inc. Executive Vice President Merril Oliver.

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