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December 3, 2014
PRFAA Director meets with the President of the University of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) Director , Juan E. Hernández met today in his Washington, D.C. office with the President of the University of Puerto Rico, Uroyoán Walker to discuss matters to higher education in Puerto Rico.

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December 3, 2014
USDA Grants Funds to the Puerto Rico Agricultural Extension Service

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) Director Juan E. Hernández announced today that the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $179,220, under the 2501 Program, to the Puerto Rico Agricultural Extension Service to compile statistical data on the condition of veteran farmers and military families in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, there is no available statistical data for veteran farmers and ranchers (VFR), so a graduate student of the Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Department at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, will be conducting an assessment to collect data and identify the needs of VFR and military family members working in the agriculture sector. Once the assessment is finished, the gathered data will help the Program Directors identify possible ideas and projects for them, including educational activities. (more…)

November 3, 2014
PRFAA Convenes Discussions Regarding The Revitalization Of The “Caño Martín Peña”

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) Director Juan E. Hernández announced today that PRFAA has organized a group of visitors to Puerto Rico from U.S government, leaders of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, and important foundations with the purpose of advancing plans to dredge the “Caño Martín Peña” (CMP by its Spanish acronym) and the socioeconomic developments of surrounding communities. During November 8, 12 and 14, visitors will be meeting with CMP community leaders to give their intake on ways to reach their goals of dredging and revitalizing the CMP. These visits are the result of collaborative efforts between PRFAA’s Regional Office in New York, the “Proyecto ENLACE de Puerto Rico”, the U.S. Department of Housing, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency. (more…)

October 2, 2014
USDA Allocates Funds For The Development Of The Agricultural Sector In Puerto Rico

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) Director Juan E. Hernández announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted $524,511.15 to the P.R. Department of Agriculture to be used in nine projects focused on agricultural development. These funds are awarded under the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and will be used to increase sales and product exposure by participating in national and international farmer’s markets and create advertising campaigns to promote local products (DelPaís) in the media. (more…)

September 24, 2014
U.S. Treasury Awards $4.9 Million To The P.R. Economic Development Bank

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) Director Juan E. Hernández announced today that the U.S. Department of the Treasury gave $4,943,619 to the Puerto Rico Economic Development Bank (BDEPR by its Spanish initials). These funds were granted under the State Small business Credit Initiative Fund (SSBCI) to help local businesses access the capital they need to grow and create jobs. (more…)

September 24, 2014
Collaborative Agreement Seeks To Promote Medical Tourism In Puerto Rico

Firma Asociacion de Turismo Medico

From left to right: P.R. Cardiovascular Center Director Waleska Crespo, P.R. Federal Affairs Administration Director Juan E. Hernández, P.R. Medical Tourism Corp. Executive Director Francisco Bonet, P.R. Tourism Company Director Ingrid Rivera, P.R. Trade and Exports Director Francisco Chévere, and P.R. Hospital Association President Domingo Cruz witness the moment when PR Economic Development and Commerce Department Secretary Alberto Bacó and Medical Tourism Association President Renee Stephano sign the collaborative agreement. (Photo supplied)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the Puerto Rico Economic Development and Commerce Department (DDEC by its Spanish initials) signed a collaborative agreement with the Medical Tourism Association (MTA) to provide formal training, education, and certification to all areas of the medical tourism sector and destination branding for the Caribbean and Latin America. (more…)

September 18, 2014
USDA Grants Funds to Puerto Rico for Renewable Energy in Agriculture

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) Director Juan E. Hernández announced today the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $163,000 to install solar system panels with the purpose of promoting energy independence through the use of solar panels as sources of renewable energy. Funds are granted under USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and will be specifically directed to five Puerto Rican companies with the intention of promoting development and job creation in the agriculture sector. (more…)

September 16, 2014
EPA Awards Funds to Identify and Reduce Air Pollution in Puerto Rico

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) Director Juan E. Hernández announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted $120,000 to “Desarrollo Integral del Sur, Inc”, a company located in Peñuelas, Puerto Rico. Funds are granted under EPA’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program and are directed to non-profit organizations with the purpose of developing and implementing solutions that address public health and or environmental issues in communities. (more…)

September 12, 2014
U.S. Department of Health Assigns $4.3 Million to Expand Health Center Services in Puerto Rico

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) Director Juan E. Hernández announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) granted $4,375,614 to 19 health centers in Puerto Rico with the purpose of expanding primary health care services to the around 27,529 patients they care for every year.  (more…)

September 10, 2014
Governor García Padilla Appointed to NGA’s Homeland Security Committee

Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) Director Juan E. Hernández announced today that the National Governors Association (NGA) has once again appointed Governor Alejandro García Padilla as a member of the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. He was nominated by John Hickenlooper, Chair of the NGA and Governor of Colorado, and Gary Herbert, Vice Chair of the NGA and Governor of Utah. (more…)

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