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These are the top local news stories from News is my Business for Monday, January 18, 2021.

FEMA approves $1.8M for repairs to Puerto Rican fishing villages

Published 18 January 2021, 5:01 am
At about 4 a.m. Christopher McGrath, a commercial fisherman from San Juan, begins to prepare his boat to go out to sea to find fresh fish. That hard work goes on for long hours until the sun goes down, where he then distributes the day’s catch to restaurants and to the public. Like him, nearly […] Read More →

19 food production projects split $400K in financing from World Central Kitchen

Published 18 January 2021, 5:00 am
World Central Kitchen announced 19 new participants of its sixth round of grants totaling $400,000 available through the Food Producers Network, formerly known as the “Plow to Plate” program. The nonprofit’s food security and resilience program offer direct financial support to small farmers, fishermen, agribusinesses and associations to regenerate their capacity for production, distribution and […] Read More →

$20M passenger building complex planned for San Juan’s Pier 3

Published 15 January 2021, 5:05 am
Construction of a new $20 million passenger building complex on San Juan’s Pier 3 will get underway in March, when Duty Free Americas will break ground on the project, Puerto Rico Ports Authority Executive Director Joel Pizá confirmed. The two-story building — which will house a Duty Free shop on the ground floor and 16,000 […] Read More →

Puerto Rico’s casinos report $54M in pandemic losses

Published 15 January 2021, 5:04 am
Puerto Rico’s 16 casinos lost $54 million from July to December 2020, when compared to the same period in 2019, as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions, Puerto Rico Tourism Co. Executive Director Carlos Mercado said. From July to December 2019 the industry reported $147 million in revenue, which was reduced to $93 million during […] Read More →

Burns & McDonnell to support PREPA’s grid revitalization process

Published 15 January 2021, 5:03 am
Kansas City-based Burns & McDonnell has been awarded a contract for program management services to support the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) with the revitalization of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The work will be primarily funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Community […] Read More →

Puerto Rico’s new car dealers saw 10.9% drop in sales in ’20

Published 15 January 2021, 5:02 am
New car sales reflected a 10.9% drop in 2020, when 95,019 units were sold, in comparison to 106,624 sold in 2019, according to the latest report by the United Automobile Importers Group. During a presentation, the trade group known as GUIA in Spanish, said fleet sales represented 8.4% of total sales with 7,976 units. That […] Read More →

UPR students develop ‘ArtesaníasICP’ app to feature local artisans

Published 15 January 2021, 5:01 am
Students from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in Río Piedras developed an app called “ArtesaníasICP,” through which people from around the world can contact and buy from local artisans. The app, created with the support from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP), is free to download and features a wide range of features. […] Read More →

Global design firm Stantec moves to new office in Guaynabo

Published 15 January 2021, 5:00 am
Global design firm Stantec has opened an office in the San Patricio neighborhood of Guaynabo, expanding its presence on the island “to better serve its clients,” the company announced. Located in the T-Mobile Center, the 1,200-square-foot office will support between eight and 10 employees. “Our new office in Puerto Rico strengthens our ability to deliver […] Read More →

Puerto Rico Tourism Co. vows to get tough with unruly tourists

Published 14 January 2021, 5:04 am
The Puerto Rico Tourism Co. is working with municipal authorities in the towns of San Juan and Carolina to crack down on the unruly behavior displayed by groups of visitors to the island, some of which have made the rounds on social media in recent months. Tourism Co. Executive Director Carlos Mercado confirmed in an […] Read More →

Puerto Rico Tourism Co.’s new exec. director taking 3-pronged approach to recovery

Published 14 January 2021, 5:03 am
Carlos Mercado, the newly named head of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., said the agency has a three-pronged approach to working with the industry as it begins recovering from the COVID-19 business downturn. The official is hitting the ground running, as he had already built a relationship with members of the sector while acting as […] Read More →

InterAmerican University moving forward on Orlando campus

Published 14 January 2021, 5:02 am
ORLANDO, FL. — The InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico’s plans to have a new bilingual campus in Lake Nona is becoming a reality, after the Orange County government gave its approval for its construction at the end of last year. Orange County District 4 Commissioner Maribel Gómez-Cordero told News is My Business that she presented […] Read More →

Pierluisi creates steering committee to oversee LUMA Energy contract

Published 14 January 2021, 5:01 am
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi announced the creation of a steering committee to oversee the Public Private Partnership contract to run the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s transmission and distribution granted to LUMA Energy. The steering committee was established in response to Executive Order 2021-012, which calls for overseeing and ensuring that the enactment of the contract […] Read More →

Integro Foundation joins efforts in fight against poverty

Published 14 January 2021, 5:00 am
Integro Foundation has joined forces with other nonprofit organizations for its “Regala con Propósito” (“Gifting with Purpose”) initiative, a pillar in its fight against the causes of poverty and inequality in Puerto Rico. “Gifting with Purpose started supporting orphanages and organizations that work hard every day so that children in Puerto Rico grow up healthy, […] Read More →

Puerto Rico Treasury opts into $325M federal rental assistance program

Published 13 January 2021, 5:07 am
The Puerto Rico Treasury Department has filed an application to participate in the newly announced Emergency Rental Assistance Program run by the U.S. Department of the Treasury that could represent $325 million in aid for the island, this media outlet confirmed. The federal government is making a total of $25 billion available to assist households […] Read More →

Puerto Rico Community Foundation gets $25M to strengthen community aqueducts

Published 13 January 2021, 5:06 am
The Puerto Rico Community Foundation will receive $25 million in government funding to establish energy redundancy systems that include solar systems and emergency generators in Puerto Rico community aqueducts, to guarantee their uninterrupted operation given that they provide drinking water to thousands of families, the nonprofit announced. The Foundation signed a grant funding contract with […] Read More →

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