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Economic future of Puerto Rico up for discussion at JAXPORT Conference

February 14, 2013

The economic state of Puerto Rico and the role of the maritime industry in its future will be a key topic of discussion at the JAXPORT 2013 Logistics & Intermodal Conference scheduled for March 19 in Amelia Island, Florida.

A panel of experts will discuss steps to foster economic growth in Puerto Rico through its ports; the potential for San Juan to grow as a major cargo hub for the Caribbean; the impact the expanded Panama Canal will have on Puerto Rico and its trade with the mainland United States; and related topics.

The panel, entitled “The Economic Future of Puerto Rico and the Role of the Maritime Industry” will feature senior executives from the maritime industry engaged in business with Puerto Rico, including:

  • Waleska Rivera, President, Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association (moderator)
  • Bobby Steele, Distribution Center General Manager, Wal-Mart Stores
  • Reade Kidd, Director of International Logistics, The Home Depot
  • Peter Keller, President, Sea Star Line
  • John Hourihan, Senior Vice President and GM, Puerto Rico & Caribbean; Crowley Maritime

Puerto Rico has one of the most diversified and powerful industrial economies in the Caribbean, but a sluggish economy has contributed to the island’s challenges. Northeast Florida is an ideal location to discuss the topic, given that Jacksonville is the busiest port in the United States for trade to and from Puerto Rico.

The JAXPORT 2013 Logistics & Intermodal Conference, presented with American Shipper magazine, will be held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort March 18-20 and is an opportunity for logistics and transportation professionals to network with industry leaders.

Space is limited. For a full agenda and to register, visit www.jaxportconference.com.

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