The Startup Societies Foundation is hosting a conference on January 19-20 at Georgetown in Washington DC. The conference aims to bring together the top minds in various fields to exchange information and develop strategies for rebuilding Puerto Rico.
I talked to Joe McKinney, the CEO of the Startup Societies Foundation, about the conference.
FYI: The Jones Act is a United States law from 1920 which requires American vessels to carry all goods between American ports. For Puerto Rico, this means an increase in shipping costs for any supplies coming from the mainland USA. Neighboring islands benefit from lower shipping costs by contrast, since they are not beholden to the American rule. The rule was temporarily waived during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria but has since been reinstated.