Delegate Stacey Plaskett is hosting members of Congress and executives from the tech business on Saturday at the Buccaneer Resort on St. Croix for discussions on jobs and other issues, according to her office.
Panels will explore ways to spur innovation and create jobs by closing the digital divide in minority and economically challenged communities, according to Plaskett. And the group will explore ways to expand the political influence of the Caribbean diaspora in the United States.
“These discussions are important in many respects. First, I want to capitalize on the opportunity to give my colleagues in Congress a first-hand look at the needs of the territory,” she said. “This will help provide a visual connection on how exclusion from federal provisions and legislation impact our Virgin Islands.”
“It is also an opportunity for the business executives attending to see the massive potential of our expanded broadband capabilities and to connect with local leaders in the technology sector. We are also hopeful that this will lead to future investments in technology education initiatives and the development of a sustainable technology workforce in the territory,” Plaskett said.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus along with executives from Google and others will be in attendance.