New York State and Puerto Rico Economic Opportunity Advisory Council Will Explore, Propose, and Help Implement Policies to Strengthen New York and Puerto Rican Economies
Council’s Priorities Will Include First-in-the-Nation Life Science Exchange to Advance Research and Innovation, Partnership With New York’s ConnectALL Broadband Office and Puerto Rico’s Smart Island Initiative, and Efforts to Strengthen Healthcare Programs
Governor Kathy Hochul and Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi today launched the New York State and Puerto Rico Economic Opportunity Advisory Council, a group of administration officials appointed by Governor Hochul and Governor Pierluisi, to strengthen ties between New York and Puerto Rico and advance shared economic priorities. The council will explore, propose, and help implement policies to strengthen the New York and Puerto Rican economies.
As part of the announcement, Governor Hochul and Governor Pierluisi also unveiled three new economic development partnerships between New York State and Puerto Rico that will serve as the Council’s first priorities, which will seek to support the growing life sciences sector, collaborate in efforts to bridge the digital divide, and join forces on healthcare programs and policies to improve the lives of New Yorkers and Puerto Ricans. Each sector offers opportunities for New York and Puerto Rico to leverage state, territory, and federal investments and strengthen economic and social ties between Puerto Rico and New York, which has one of the largest populations of Puerto Rican residents outside of Puerto Rico.
“This new advisory council marks the start of an exciting new chapter in New York’s unwavering partnership with Governor Pierluisi and the island of Puerto Rico,” Governor Hochul said. “With this group of talented public servants at the helm, the New York State and Puerto Rico Economic Opportunity Advisory Council will help us double down on our commitments to building modern, 21st century economies, starting by boosting our life sciences sectors, eliminating barriers to broadband access, and strengthening our healthcare systems.”