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Bryan: Community Input Key to Developing 20-Year Economic Vision

Virtual activities to support the creation of a 20-year economic development plan will begin in a week, with officials saying on Tuesday that community buy-in is critical to move forward.

UVI RTPark Casts Wide Net in Bid to Grow Tech Sector in the V.I.

While many have heard of the Research and Technology Park on UVI’s St. Croix campus, few may understand its role in fostering economic diversity in the Virgin Islands – including in agriculture and STEM education for the territory’s youth.

STT Residents Offer Vision for Tourism at Virtual Town Hall

Virgin Islanders weighed in on the future of tourism and economic development Wednesday night in the last of three virtual town halls hosted by the UVI Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning.

STJ Residents Speak Out at Town Meeting on Economic Development, Tourism

If there’s anything that the hurricanes of 2017 and the current COVID-19 pandemic have demonstrated, it’s that the U.S. Virgin Islands needs to diversify its economy and become less dependent on tourism. But how exactly do we do that? 
Wayne Biggs, the EDA’s assistant chief executive officer and tax expert Erika Kellerhals of Kellerhals, Ferguson, Kroblin testify at Senate Wednesday. (V.I. Legislature photo)

Senators Move to Limit Hiring Requirements for Specialized V.I. Tax Breaks

The coming of the International Private Bank to St. Croix was an economic boom for the town of Christiansted, and senators expressed hope that by clarifying the Economic Development Authority’s regulations they can bring in more entities like it.
Economic Development Authority CEO Kamal Latham responds to questions from the Finance Committee Monday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

EDA Sees Bright Future for Investments in the Territory in 2020

The U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority Governing Board extended the contract for its auditor and approved travel for staff on Thursday.
Economic Development Authority CEO Kamal Latham responds to questions from the Finance Committee Monday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Senate Considering Bill to Tighten and Clarify EDC Tax Break Rules

The Economic Development Authority’s Chief Executive Officer Kamal Latham on Monday told the Senate Finance Committee that the EDA's board remained neutral to parts of proposed legislation affecting the agency.
Priscilla Laurent, right, and Raevah Matthew were two of nine women in Limetree Bay Refining’s first Basic Operator Training Class. Overall, the entire group comprises of 35 trainees. They graduated Monday in a short ceremony held at the Limetree Bay cafeteria. (Source photo by Wyndi Ambrose)

Defying the Odds: Limetree Women Stand Out in STEM Field

Limetree Bay Refining celebrated 35 graduates – all Virgin Islanders – from its first Basic Operator Training Class. Nine were women. That’s about 26 percent, or a little more than a quarter, which almost mirrors the national statistics on women working in STEM fields.

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