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Creative Smart Caribbean June 11-13th Set to Identify Potential Role for Resurgence of Caribbean Economy Using the Creative Industries

Dr. Keith Nurse and Dr. Kim Marie Spence will lead Opening Plenary on the Value of the Creative Economy in the Caribbean in a conversation designed to lay the ground for advocacy and action aimed at promoting diaspora investment in the Caribbean cultural industries.  The free event which will take place online is set to engage over 30 speakers in over 30 hours of programming.  Pre-Registration is available for those interested in attending and actively participating at www.creativesmartcaribbean.eventbrite.com.  The event can also be be viewed on Facebook Live at National Caribbean American Heritage Month. 


Jamaican Mangoes for New York and NE USA Markets

The Washington DC-based Jamaica Direct Distributing Company joined forces with Miami-based US importer Season Farm Fresh, Inc. and their Jamaican export partners to bring mangoes from Jamaica to the United States  --specifically,  over 4,500 pounds of St. Julian (Julie) and East Indian mangoestargeted for the New  York market.

The Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw (Centre) Inspects the shipment of mangoes destine for the US along with member of his ministry at the Norman Manley International Airport on Monday, June 08, 2020

County Selects Jonathan Daniels to Lead Port Everglades

BROWARD COUNTY, FL -  Following a national search, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry announced that seaport and economic development leader Jonathan Daniels will be the new Chief Executive & Port Director at Port Everglades. Broward’s diverse seaport is a global gateway for cargo, cruise and petroleum that is undergoing a $1.6 billion port expansion effort.  

Commissioner Fried Advises Farmers to Prepare Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Applications

Tallahassee, Fla. – Following today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide $16 billion in direct payments to support American farmers impacted by COVID-19, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is advising Florida farmers and ranchers to fill out forms in advance of applications being accepted starting May 26 through county Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. 

Miami-Dade County Launches Small Business Assistance Forgivable Loan Program

MIAMI —Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez announced today the implementation of Miami-Dade County's initial fiscal response to the impacts on small businesses brought on by the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Approved by the Board of County Commissioners today, the $5 million Small Business Assistance Forgivable Loan Program (SBAFLP) utilizes United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds allocated through the Federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

Broward Proceeds With Reopening

BROWARD COUNTY, FL –   Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-10 on Thursday, May 14, 2020, providing for a phased reopening of business activity, beginning on Monday, May 18, with restrictions in accordance with a modified Phase 1 of Governor Ron DeSantis’ statewide reopening plan. Broward’s beaches will remain closed.

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