SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló met Thursday with senior executives from Linkedin, Gap, Uber and Airbnb as part of his agenda to expand business possibilities on the island.
The governor was seeking to highlight the “advantages for innovators to establish themselves on the Island and for established businesses to increase their presence,” according to a release issued by his office.
Rosselló met with Allen Blue, cofounder of Linkedin, the online social network on which users create profiles based on their work history and is aimed at connecting businesses and professionals.
Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, second from right, meets with Allen Blue, cofounder and VP product Management of LinkedIn, first from left (Courtesy)
After the meeting, which included Nick DePorter of U.S. Public Policy, and Dominique Foreman, of Executive Engagement Operations, “it was established that Linkedin can share information that identifies the strengths, skills, and needs of the Puerto Rico workforce in order to establish an intelligent public policy that will help maintain jobs, create new ones, and develop successful industries,” according to the release.
The governor also met with Art Peck, president and chief operating officer of Gap Inc., and David Hayer, president of Gap Foundation and senior vice president of Global Sustainability for the company.
Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, first from right, meets with Gap CEO Art Peck, second from left (Courtesy)
After hurricanes Irma and Maria struck Puerto Rico, Gap contributed $973,333 to the island’s recovery, “4,000 volunteer hours and over $80,000 in emergency cash payment for their employees,” the release reads, adding that the clothing retailer “issued $778,733 in income continuation payments to employees who did not work during the emergency event.”
Gap has seven stores in Puerto Rico and six are “pending reopening.” It employs about 750 people on the island. The release adds that it “has generated $10 million in state income, sales, and property taxes.”
“My gratitude goes to the Linkedin, Gap, and Airbnb teams for their interest in developing relations with Puerto Rico. We are grateful to Gap and Airbnb for their commitment to the welfare of the Island, which has been evident during the process of recovery” in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the governor says in the release.