Business Trade Mission Trip To Puerto Rico: Seeking To Strengthen Commercial Relations Between Florida And Puerto Rico.

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The growing Puerto Rican presence in Central Florida has created strong socioeconomic ties between the island and our region. That is why we organized the Business Trade Mission Trip to Puerto Rico. An opportunity for us to act as the bridge that allows us to develop partnerships and opportunities for bilateral growth.

On May 2, 2022, a delegation of 40 business leaders and elected officials, including U.S. Representative Darren Soto, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, State Representative Geraldine Thompson, Orange County Commissioner and Vice Mayor Mayra Uribe and Orange County Commissioner Maribel Gomez Cordero, as well as Osceola County Commissioner Cheryl Grieb, City of Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill, City of St. Cloud Council Members, Dave Askew, and Kolby Urban and Carlos Torres of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

During the trip, the key topics that were highlighted were the interest in supporting commercial exchange, opening channels of support for Puerto Rican entrepreneurs to access the opportunities offered by Central Florida and promoting the traditions and culture of Puerto Rico. 

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings also discussed how the Puerto Rican community positively impacts Central Florida and the many entrepreneurial opportunities currently available to support business owners.  

The Puerto Rican elected officials also presented the economic incentives available to investors and business owners who are looking to expand to the island and serve a population of more than 3 million U.S. citizens. 

It is clear that closer business ties will provide amazing opportunities for all. We hope this trip serves as the engine that drives local, national, and international investment forward, while enhancing the creation of new jobs, support for underserved communities and continued economic development within the communities. 

We were pleased to organize the Business Trade Mission trip to Puerto Rico with the support of JCQ Services and 180 Commercial Real Estate Advisors. We are also grateful to the Chamber of Commerce of Southern Puerto Rico, Birling Capital Advisors, LLC, GFR Media and the City of Ponce for their support.