NPRChamber Hosts Successful Economic Opportunities Forum on Capitol Hill

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Washington, D.C., August 5, 2018The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce (NPRChamber) hosted a congressional lunch briefing on Thursday, July 26th, to highlight and discuss the opportunities available to help Puerto Rico’s economic recover.

  Congresswoman Gonzalez-Colon, Rodrigo Masses, Mayor "Mayita" Melendez, and more listen to Executive Director Velez-Hagan provide opening remarks.

Congresswoman Gonzalez-Colon, Rodrigo Masses, Mayor "Mayita" Melendez, and more listen to Executive Director Velez-Hagan provide opening remarks.

The event was co-hosted by the office of Representative Jenniffer González-Colón (PR).  Within her remarks, Congresswoman González discussed the concerns in Puerto Rico’s fragile economy, while pointing out her office’s successful advocacy for various policies such as the creation of “opportunity zones” in Puerto Rico, increased parity in healthcare funding and veterans’ benefits, and several advancements in infrastructure revitalization.

In addition to the Congresswoman, several notable speakers included Rodrigo Masses, president of the Puerto Rico Manufacturers’ Association, Sebastian Vidal, executive director of the well-known international accelerator Parallel18, Javier Saade, partner at Fenway Summer venture capitalists, and representatives from the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as well as infrastructure and hi-tech investment firms based in Switzerland and Estonia.

The sold-out event was attended by a select group of senior congressional staff, organizational heads, significant investors, legislators from Puerto Rico and across the country, and members of the media.

“While it’s important to convene and consider existing policies related to Puerto Rico’s redevelopment, we have to take the time to also focus on unique solutions that are offered by creative thinkers from around the world, not just Puerto Rico, and not just the U.S.,” said Justin Vélez-Hagan, executive director of the NPRChamber.  “I think we accomplished that today and we will continue doing so in the future.”

Given the event’s high demand, the NPRChamber will host related events in the future.  Please email info@NPRChamber.org for more information.

About the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce

The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce (NPRChamber) is a non-profit organization created to promote entrepreneurship and economic development throughout the U.S. Feel free to contact the NPRChamber via email: Info@NPRChamber.org.  If interested in joining our fast-growing organization – or would like to contribute to our RECOVER & PREP fund, please visit www.NPRChamber.org.

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Phone: 866-576-5222

Email: Media@NPRChamber.org

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