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Asociación de Constructores presenta su 46 Convención Anual

Anthony A. Williams ex alcalde de la ciudad de Washington D.C. como orador invitado

Bajo el título “A Challenge to Build the Future”, la Asociación de Constructores de Puerto Rico (ACPR) anuncia su cuadragésimo sexta convención anual los días 29 y 30 de octubre. La misma persigue servir a través de su contenido de empuje robusto hacia la construcción que se está dando y se tiene que dar en la reconstrucción de Puerto Rico.

“Nos complace que Anthony A. Williams, ex alcalde de la ciudad de Washington DC, sea uno de nuestros oradores invitados en un programa del que estamos seguro contribuirá al entusiasmo y compromiso que todos tenemos con la reconstrucción de Puerto Rico. Williams, nos presentará entre otros temas, el proceso de la transformación del Anacostia River Front, espacio que representa la restauración de un área con un alto grado de diferencia social y que hoy es un modelo urbanístico a seguir”.

Tony Williams fue alcalde de la ciudad de Washington D.C. entre 1999 y 2007. Actualmente es el principal oficial ejecutivo del Federal City Council, una organización que se enfoca en los talentos creativos y administrativos de los líderes empresariales y profesionales de la ciudad de Washington D.C. para atender los principales problemas y oportunidades que enfrenta el Distrito.

Es ampliamente reconocido por liderar la recuperación que experimentó Washington D.C. durante sus dos términos como alcalde, recuperando las finanzas de la capital de Estados Unidos y mejorando el desempeño de las agencias de gobierno, todo esto mientras logró una reducción en los impuestos e invirtiendo en infraestructura y servicios humanos.

Además, de sus funciones como principal oficial ejecutivo de del Federal City Council, Williams es asesor senior para la firma King y Spaulding, LLP. Pertenece a juntas directivas de varias compañías, así como a las juntas del Urban Institute y la National Geographic Society.

Antes de unirse al Federal City Council, dirigió la Práctica de Gobierno Global del Corporate Executive Board en Arlington, Virginia. Ha impartido cursos en finanzas públicas y liderazgo urbano como profesor en gestión pública en la Escuela de Gobierno John F. Kennedy de Harvard. A su vez coordinaba el Programa de innovación municipal en el Centro Ash para la Gobernanza Democrática e Innovación.

Antes de ser electo alcalde, fue el principal oficial financiero independiente para el Distrito desde 1995 a 1998, trabajando con y en representación de los funcionarios locales, la Junta de Control Fiscal de D.C. y el Congreso de los Estados Unidos. Antes de comenzar a trabajar directamente en Washington, Williams trabajó en diversas posiciones en el gobierno a nivel federal, estatal y local, incluyendo su función como el primer Principal Oficial Financiero para el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos, nombrado por el expresidente Bill Clinton y confirmado por el Senado de los Estados Unidos.

Posee un bachillerato de la Universidad de Yale, una maestría en política pública de la Escuela Kennedy de Harvard, un Juris Doctor de la Escuela de Leyes de Harvard, así como varios premios y grados honorarios, incluyendo el de funcionario público del año del Governing Magazine en 1997. Es miembro de la Academia Nacional de Administración Pública y ex presidente de la Liga Nacional de Ciudades.

Contaremos con una representación de oradores reconocidos en temas de construcción por lo que invitamos a nuestros socios y a todos los sectores de Puerto Rico a participar y beneficiarse de la relevante discusión que se propiciará en esta Convención.

¿Hace falta seguir construyendo en Puerto Rico?

Con miles de casas y otras estructuras abandonadas, más la emigración masiva y la amenaza del cambio climático, ¿son necesarias más construcciones en Puerto Rico? Fue el tema del podcast Torres Gotay Entrevista donde participó el presidente de la Asociación de Constructores de Puerto Rico, el Ing. Emilio Colón Zavala para conversar sobre este tema.

Sintoniza el podcast/entrevista: https://apple.co/2IPt4aI

Enterprise Community Partners Lanza Manual de Recuperación de Desastres

Enterprise Community Partners Lanza

Manual de Recuperación de Desastres y Resiliencia para Puerto Rico y Otras Islas  

Se trata de una guía comprensiva, y sin precedentes, para ayudar a arrendatarios, dueños, gobierno y comunidades a prepararse para las realidades del cambio climático  

Manténgase Seguro: Una Guía para el Diseño de Vivienda Resiliente en Comunidades Isleñas, el primer manual ilustrado desarrollado en respuesta a la devastación causada por el huracán María, en colaboración con más de 150 expertos de todo Puerto Rico y los Estados Unidos continentales, fue lanzado hoy por Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise), y la Asociación de Constructores de Puerto Rico en el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico en San Juan, Puerto Rico. El manual de 479 páginas, disponible en inglés y español, provee consejos prácticos y recursos específicos para ayudar a los dueños de hogares, líderes comunitarios, arrendatarios, administradores de programas de vivienda, administradores de propiedades y profesionales de la construcción en Puerto Rico y otras islas a desarrollar viviendas y comunidades más fuertes y resilientes capaces de soportar eventos climatológicos extremos. Próximamente, Enterprise también presentará su manual en las Islas Vírgenes Americanas y los Cayos de la Florida.

“Debido al creciente riesgo de desastres naturales por los cambios climáticos es esencial que todo gobierno y toda comunidad se enfoquen en la resiliencia como prioridad. Esta guía provee instrucciones paso por paso de cómo lograrlo”, dijo Laurel Blatchford, presidente de Enterprise. “La furia con la que el huracán María azotó a Puerto Rico solo puede ser comparada con el compromiso colectivo de reconstruir que han demostrado el gobierno local y los líderes comunitarios. Tras 20 años de trabajo para apoyar el desarrollo de vivienda asequible en Puerto Rico, Enterprise recopiló las mejores prácticas, recursos e innovación en nuestro campo y trabajó con expertos a nivel local y nacional para crear un arsenal de herramientas para proteger a las comunidades de las islas de vivir otra experiencia de igual magnitud”.

Algunas de las recomendaciones más impactantes y únicas en el manual Manténganse Seguro incluyen:

  • Estrategias para promover Habitabilidad Pasiva cuando una casa se queda sin electricidad y así permitir que los residentes permanezcan en sus hogares.
  • Estrategias específicas para lugares que utilizan vegetación e infraestructura verde, además de la infraestructura gris estándar, que es la más común para mitigar inundaciones.

El manual está diseñado como un libro de trabajo interactivo con detallados diagramas anotados que cubren todo, desde el tipo de vegetación que mejor aguanta tormentas y protege la propiedad (p.83), hasta la diferencia entre varios tipos de clavos y sujetadores (p.203) y cómo seleccionar una cisterna para recoger agua de lluvia (p.340). Manténgase Seguro incluye 28 estrategias para mitigar riesgos claves, lo cuales están agrupados en 12 capítulos que cubren desde protección para los edificios hasta habitabilidad pasiva, manejo de agua, energía y preparación para emergencias. Cada estrategia incluye instrucciones paso por paso para su implementación, acompañadas de fotos, diagramas de cómo hacerlo, infográficas, información clave y estrategias de apoyo.

“Al desarrollar esta guía, hicimos un esfuerzo coordinado para resaltar y amplificar el increíble liderato que ha surgido en Puerto Rico para fomentar resiliencia en agua, energía y seguridad de los alimentos, debido a la importancia que tiene el apoyo de la comunidad en la protección de hogares y comunidades de peligros relacionados al clima,” dijo Laurie Schoeman, directora senior del programa de resiliencia y recuperación de desastres de Enterprise. “Al trabajar juntos, pudimos identificar cómo puede y debe lucir una comunidad resiliente de verdad, y desarrollamos una ruta clara para lograrlo”.

Emilio Colón Zavala, presidente de la Asociación de Constructores de Puerto Rico, expresó la satisfacción de su Asociación con los resultados de este proyecto. “La tarea de poder establecer esta colaboración de 150 expertos, de trasfondos culturales y profesionales variados, es ejemplo de cómo los proyectos complejos pueden producir buenos resultados si se tienen la voluntad y el compromiso correctos. Esta guía es una meta para generaciones presentes y futuras, para desarrollar hogares y comunidades más fuertes y resilientes. Nuestro reconocimiento y agradecimiento para el equipo de Enterprise por esta iniciativa”, dijo Colón Zavala.

Además de las estrategias claves, el manual Manténgase Seguro incluye información para obtener permisos de construcción en Puerto Rico, y recursos financieros y programáticos que pueden proveer asistencia. Asimismo, la guía incluye un resumen de los peligros específicos y las áreas vulnerables en distintas partes de la isla, así como un resumen histórico de los desastres naturales en la región, representado con una infográfica cronológica que visualmente presenta los desastres que más probabilidades tienen de ocurrir durante los próximos años.

Enterprise desarrolló la guía junto a un equipo de 150 expertos técnicos a través de todo Puerto Rico y los Estados Unidos, provenientes de una gama de organizaciones incluyendo las facultades de Arquitectura, Planificación e Ingeniería de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, el Laboratorio de Riesgo Urbano de MIT, y el Laboratorio Nacional de Energía Renovable. El esfuerzo es parte de la Iniciativa de Enterprise para Islas Resistentes al Clima, un esfuerzo para traer apoyo técnico y desarrollo de capacidad a las jurisdicciones isleñas para asegurar un futuro equitativo y resiliente ante el riesgo a los peligros de la madre naturaleza.

Asistieron al evento de lanzamiento oficiales de gobierno local, partes interesadas en el desarrollo de vivienda y colaboradores claves quienes colaboraron en la confección del manual. La celebración incluyó una presentación por Ada Monzón, principal meteoróloga de WAPA-TV, y un panel de expertos que trabajan con el gobierno, construcción, planificación, liderato comunitario, financiamiento y desarrollo de vivienda.

 

 

 

Asociación de Constructores discutirá el tema de vivienda en su 46ava convención

Como parte de su 46ava convención anual, “A Challenge to Build the Future”, a celebrarse los días 29 y 30 de octubre de 2019, la Asociación de Constructores de Puerto Rico (ACPR) desarrollará un panel de mucha relevancia en los trabajos de reconstrucción de Puerto Rico, bajo el tema: “Puerto Rican Home for the 21st Century”. A través de este panel se pretende provocar una discusión en este área de gran interés y necesidad.

Emilio Colón Zavala, presidente de la ACPR, señaló que “el desarrollo de este tópico cumple el objetivo de traer temas de actualidad, promoviendo el desarrollo planificado, seguro y sostenible que sirva como motor económico en la isla, en colaboración con los sectores público y privado”.

El panel “Puerto Rican Home for the 21st Century”, contará con la participación del economista Gustavo Vélez, Michael McDonald, Iván Zavala y el Arq. Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz.

“A Challenge to Build the Future”, a través de su contenido robusto, persigue servir en la construcción y desarrollo que se está dando, y que se tiene que dar, en Puerto Rico. Esta diversidad de temas con un propósito en común, es solo una muestra de los paneles que se estarán presentando en esta cuadragésima sexta convención, sirviendo de interés a múltiples sectores.

PRBA present in DC

Architect Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz, past president of the Puerto Rico Builders Association (PRBA), visited Washington DC in support of the efforts of several government leaders to change the perception of corruption on the management of federal funds in PR.

The purpose was to present a different position of Puerto Rico as a result of the recent changes in government. Among the people who traveled to DC were: Governor Wanda Vázquez, Housing Secretary Fernando Gil, House Speaker Johnny Mendez, Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz, Senator Eduardo Bathia, Representatives Rafael ” Tatito” Hernández, Aníbal Díaz Collazo and Luis Ortíz Lugo, among others. During their stay in DC, they met with HUD, Treasury Department and Resident Commissioner Jennifer Gonzalez.

Architect Álvarez-Díaz, as representative of the ACPR, met with Congressman Raúl Grijalva, Rep. Nydia Velázquez, staff of the office of Senator Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, with representatives of the HUD office and with the Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González to talk about the reality of PR from the point of view of the private sector.

Arq. Álvarez-Díaz also met with Major Anthony A. Williams, former mayor of Washington DC, who will be the keynote speaker of the ACPR Convention in October of this year. Both were able to discuss the similarities of the challenges faced by both jurisdictions and how this experience can serve as an example for the reconstruction of PR.

Social Networking Event

In a Social Networking Event sponsored by Worldnet, the PRBA hosted various new and old members to gather for cocktails at the Pa’ Arriba restaurant in the Popular Center rooftop floor on September 19 around 6:00 pm. Worldnet is a telecommunications company who’s Senior Vice President, Lawrence Freedman came to talk about the many services they offer, including high speed internet and voice, data, and cloud services.

Some cocktails and appetizers were enjoyed while the new members were introduced: Alumax, Inc., Glenn International, Inc., SLSCO, LTD, Paladin Realty Partners, Manuel F. Carretero Cannella, and ERC Engineers PR. Each Member was handed a certificate validating their welcome into the Association by president Eng. Emilio Colon Zavala, who also spoke and welcomed the new members. Among his many announcements, President Zavala announced this year’s Convention Keynote Speaker, Mr. Anthony Williams, who is the former mayor of Washington D.C from 1999-2007 and is credited with leading the economic comeback of Washington D.C.

“Washington D.C was considered one of the most dangerous places to live some time ago. Now, it is considered one of the safest cities to live in the world,” said PRBA Executive Director Nory Rivera.

Other announcements made were the Annual Golf Tournament happening on November 15th at the Palmas del Mar Country Club, Flamboyan Course and the Annual Christmas Party on December 11th in the Club Nautico de San Juan.

New and old members got to conversing and getting to know each other throughout the evening as the gathering was an event to celebrate and welcome new members but also to thank recurring members who compose the entirety of this organization of great professionals whom the PRBA owes its triumphs to. We would also like to thank the rest of the new members for joining us: the Attenure Group, All Green Cleaning & Maintenance, LLC, Engineering Solution Firm Corp., Acrecent Financial Group, Rio Blanco Capital LLC, and MA Caribbean.

Lawrence Freedman, Senior Vice President; WorldNet, Rolando Texidor, Marketing Director, WorldNet; María Virella, President, WorldNet; Emilio Colón Zavala, PE, PRBA Chairman; Alfredo Martínez-Álvarez Jr., PRBA Vice Chairman; Javier Santos, Commercial Director, WorldNet
Ricardo M. Díaz, Glenn International; Emilio Colón Zavala, PE, PRBA Chairman; and Diana Rengel
Edgardo Román, ERC Engineers PR; and Emilio Colón Zavala, PE, PRBA Chairman
Matt Tindall, SLSCO, LTD; and Emilio Colón Zavala, PE, PRBA Chairman
Miguel Cartagena and James Connor, Acrecent Financial Corporation; Emilio Colón Zavala, PE, PRBA Chairman; and Diana Rengel
Frank J. Jiménez, Alumax; Emilio Colón Zavala, PE, PRBA Chairman; and Diana Rengel
Lcdo. Manuel F. Carretero; and Emilio Colón Zavala, PE, PRBA Chairman
Ruth Reyes, Abner García and Johnny Rivera from Sherwin Williams
Zaida Rodríguez; Emilio Colón Zavala, PE, PRBA Chairman; Dennis González, PE, Sub Secretary CDBG-DR Program, and his wife
Matt Tindall, SLSCO LTD; Ana Marie Guillermety; Ldco. Christian Bernaschina; and Pablo Dardet, Able insurance Agency, Inc.
Frank J Jimenez, Alumax; Cristina Rivera; and PRBA Lcdo. Roberto Alfonso, PGR Investment

 

It’s Time to Take Action on Recycling

Act 70 of 1992, established government public policy on recycling. At the time, it was proposed as a goal that 35% of our solid waste be recycled by 2006. Unfortunately, to this day, not even a third of that goal has been met. We believed that by simply passing a law the problem would not be solved.

The urgent issue of solid waste has been under discussion in Puerto Rico for more than 27 years.  This prolonged period of time without action has led us to the point where 18 of our 29 landfills are in violation of regulations. Even several of them have closing orders issued by the EPA. Landfills that are still in operation are estimated to have about four years of service life.  To further aggravate the situation, in Puerto Rico, the average individual produces 5.50 pounds of solid waste a day, compared to the global average for 2016, which was 2.64 pounds a day in urban areas, placing us number 23 in the world in production of Waste.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The 2017 hurricanes created an increased need for construction, coupled with the need to dispose of over than 6.20 million cubic yards of debris. It is estimated that the reconstruction process will produce a higher amount of debris to dispose of than caused by hurricanes. Add to this our reliance on importing over 80% of our supplies and export approximately 90% of recyclable material.

There are a variety of initiatives we can explore to tackle the situation with solid wastes. For example, the demolition and recycling of private property impacted by the 2017 hurricanes and the crushing of tires for use with asphalt pavements. The first of these initiatives is being funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and would allow concrete demolition, which does not contain materials such as asbestos or lead, to be crushed and reused as fill material.  According to recent studies, the second initiative would contribute to the durability of the pavements, while allowing us to address the problem of having approximately to dispose of approximately four million tires per year. In addition, we could explore the options we have to generate energy with methane that occurs in the breakdown of solid waste, without necessarily requiring incineration.

We can also use the state of California as reference, where glass is pulverized to replace sand lost by coastal erosion. After all, the raw material for making glass comes precisely from sand. In addition to using this material in places where turtles do not nest, we could use this sand as a building material, for concrete mixtures and for blocks or plaster.

It’s time to act now. A market must be established in order to enable recycling as a real alternative beyond Law 70. The most important option is to work on education. We need to focus on the importance of reducing the amount of waste we produce, and we need to work with the life cycle of the materials and understand how to handle them in all stages. We must sponsor and incentivize manufacturers and producers who optimize their packaging to minimize waste, limit the use of disposable materials and make them biodegradable. Let’s work to give our children a better world. At the end of the day, that’s what sustainability is all about.

Emilio Colón Zavala, Chairman of the Board PRBA

El Nuevo Día, September 12, 2019

The PRBA Takes a Huge Bite of the Big Apple

The Puerto Rico Builders Association takes a bite of the big apple at the 2019 Bisnow National Real Estate Finance Summit . The  National Real Estate Finance Summit is one of the most esteemed, high-level, and best attended event in the nation. This year was no exception with over 300 attendees from finance, capital markets, financial advisory, private equity, and real estate.

The Puerto Rico panel included Ing. Emilio Colón Zavala,  President of the Puerto Rico Builders Association/ ECZ Group,  Eric Berman,  Chief Investment Officer at Lifeafar, Jorge Ruiz-Montilla, Capital Member and Chairman of the Real Estate & Finance Practice Group at McConnell Valdes, Philip Carroll,  Director of Finance at Royal Palm Companies and Adam Greenfader, Managing Partner of AG&T.

Ethan Penner, best known  for creating the CMBS  market, key noted the event with insight on high conviction investment themes.  The Puerto Rico panel drew much interest at the Finance Summit. “We were impressed to hear from the leaders of the financial markets in New York that they see Puerto Rico as a great opportunity,  explained Emilio Colón Zavala. With less than 7% tourism GDP, there is room for 15,000 more hotel keys.’

Philip Carroll of Royal Palm Companies , concurred with the assessment of hospitality demand and explained some of the island’s competitive advantages in Puerto Rico including the ability to leverage Tourism Tax credits with Opportunity Zone incentives. Royal Palm is currently developing a 1,000 key hotel and marina resort on the island.

Adam Greenfader – AG & T Principal, Emilio Colón Zavala, PE – PRBA Chairman, Phillip Caroll, Marcial Díaz – First Vice president, Administración de Construcción de Banco

The panel received multiple questions throughout the presentation.  Of particular interest was the level of detail and financial sophistication about Act 20/22. Jorge Ruiz-Montilla explained some of the benefits of the laws and highlighted the island’s economic and political stability.

When asked, “Why now, why invest in Puerto Rico today”, the consensus of the group was clear…the numbers speak for themselves. “Puerto Rico  posted positive economic growth in 2019 and is forecasting a 2.5% GDP for 2020. We clearly hit bottom and with Billions of CDBG-DR money coming to the island in the next few years,  the time is now”, quoted Adam Greenfader, who moderated the Panel.

Lifeafar, a real estate investment and hospitality firm, recently moved their operations from Medellin, Colombia to Puerto Rico.  “Puerto Rico is a place you can make a real change. Our investors want to make a good return on investment but also know they are helping to make a difference”, quoted Eric Berman.

For more information about Puerto Rico,. You can join the Puerto Rico Builders Association on October 29-30 at their annual conference. See link attached. https://www.constructorespr.com/convencion/#eventbrite

Presentation to the FOMB

Dear Members of the Fiscal Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico,

Thank you and the rest of the Fiscal Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico (“FOMBPR”) for the opportunity to present our views regarding Puerto Rico’s economic development. Since its establishment, the Puerto Rico Builders Association (ACPR) has represented a wide array of professionals in the real estate development and construction industries. From developers, contractors, builders, remodelers, architects, engineers, lawyers, bankers and realtors, we work towards a business and investment healthy ecosystem, driven by the private sector, to achieve safe and sustainable communities in Puerto Rico.

Our vision for Puerto Rico must be clear: to facilitate a business environment so that it becomes a top 10 in the competitiveness & ease of doing business indexes. Without a true and sustainable economic development, our society will not come out of a decade’s long depression. This has to be of utmost importance.

Adopting actions and reforms that towards that goal is the best way to secure getting our government out of bankruptcy and ending PROMESA’s application in our island. Having a strong, vibrant and sustainable economy is also key to environmental protections and mitigation due to climate change. In general, stronger economies have greater environmental protections in place also.

September is a month to meditate on lessons learned, the reconstruction after a natural disaster and resilience. In recent days we commemorated 30 years since that hurricane Hugo, 21 years since hurricane Georges and two years since hurricane María, natural phenomena that rattled the island with an incredible precision. The impact in these past 30 years have been very similar, as well our inability of having the necessary will to implement recommendations and the lessons learned. However, this time, the delay in the beginning of the reconstruction of our infrastructure have represented our biggest challenge. In terms of reconstruction, the delay in the process of accessing federal funds is a challenge we need to overcome. It is important to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Robert T. Stafford Federal Act, by accepting the submission of project cost estimates prepared by licensed professional engineers for government agencies and municipalities.

FEMA, on its part, would validate that these estimates comply with the guidelines and that the costs are reasonable in addition to being eligible. Puerto Rico is the only jurisdiction in FOMBPR September 26, 2019 Page 2 of 3 2 which FEMA does not take these estimates into consideration as required under Section 428 of the Stafford Act. Accepting them will allow the process to be a more collaborative and expedited as it is the spirit of the program. All the above will allow us to move to new hiring models, which in turn, will allow projects to be more agile.

The reconstruction of our infrastructure is so necessary and of such scale that it is necessary to implement creative solutions that result in the achievement of the established goals while optimizing processes and costs.

Let us dare to use our will and a different mentality from what has caused us our historical problems by implementing the lessons learned from the past 30 years. Prompt payment and contract compliance is another challenge expressed in the ease of doing business study. We need to make sure the local government does its part in a compliant, transparent, prompt and agile payment process to its contractors.

Besides implementing strategies that will ease the way Puerto Rico access reconstruction funds and conduct businesses, it is important for our government system to address corruption charges and the lack of transparency. Although construction bidding processes are highly regulated, it is important to establish a platform in which the transparency of the process is ensured. Lobbyist intervention should be banned at the time of seeking tender opportunities.

Preventing corruption is as important as to fight it, this is why companies (and the government) that are involved in the reconstruction process should have managerial systems implemented in way to prevent bribery and extortion situations. We suggest the implementation of ISO 37001 for its proven success in several countries, although there are alternatives that can be evaluated. The important thing is that, in the same way there are plans establish to guarantee quality control and security among other things, it is required to have a system to prevent these situations.

In this context, it is worth mentioning that ten years ago, Puerto Rico was placed in the 144th position in the World’s Bank ease of doing business index in terms of the building permit obtention. At that time, there was an environment of great uncertainty in the process of obtaining permits. In response to this problem, which created an environment of uncertainty in the investment, Puerto Rico passed the Puerto Rico Permit Process Reform Law (Law 161-2009). This law specifies that permits already granted are considered correct unless it is evidenced that they were issued with false or fraudulent information.

In addition, certain professionals from the private sector were empowered to issue some specific permits that do not require state discretion. Among other reasons, and although the World Bank acknowledges that many advances have been made on this matter, Puerto Rico still places itself in the 141 position in terms of handling the construction permits application. It remains to be seen how the adoption of the new Joint Regulation to implement Law 17 of 2019 will alter this qualification.

Also, we are worried about the finality of decisions as some groups now have looked to the legislative branch to oppose projects contrary to following what Act 161 requires. We are quite concerned about the cost of energy. The PRBA has fully supported private sector calls to implement measures that minimize the cost of energy. We feel the target cost should be around 17 cents per KW*hr. It is imperative that we substitute a public and inefficient public monopoly with an efficient market solution. We must work so that the procedures established for the permits obtention do not become an obstacle for the projects to be executed.

Under Law 19 of 2017, infrastructure reconstruction projects must be classified as strategic so that evaluations have an expedited process. Infrastructure agencies need to be agile in issuing authorizations for interconnections. These processes can take years sometimes. Also, permits under the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources need to be integrated to OGPe’s system as Act 19-2017 requires.

Processes under DNER jurisdiction also take years to complete. FOMBPR September 26, 2019 Page 3 of 3 3 Finally, we need to professionalize our workforce by having a strong workforce development and certification process. Under WIOA, significant federal resources are available for employers. This is important in order to secure manpower for economic drivers needed to achieve a sustainable environment. It is important to focus incentives on affordable workforce housing, knowledge economy, agriculture and tourism in order to grant access to our workers to better living possibilities.

For this, HUD needs to review its income limits so that it makes sense to much of our population to transition into the formal economy. It is important to achieve that these limits are above the National Poverty Line as it is in the States. Thank you very much Mr Chairman for the opportunity to present. A copy of our letter sent last December 4th 2017 on the time of the other economic development hearing the Board held in New York City is enclosed as it is still current. We are more than available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Respectfully submitted,

Emilio Colón Zavala, PE, Chairman – PRBA

The Puerto Rico Builders Association Presents its 46th Annual Convention

Anthony A. Williams former Mayor of Washington D.C. as Keynote speaker – The Puerto Rico Builders Association (PRBA), forty-six-annual convention  “A Challenge to Build the Future”,  on October 29 and 30. This annual convention seeks to serve through its robust content towards the construction that is underway and which must be given for the reconstruction of Puerto Rico.

“We are pleased to have Anthony A. Williams, former Mayor of Washington DC, as one of our guest speakers, in a program of which we are certain will contribute to the enthusiasm and commitment we all have with the reconstruction of Puerto Rico. Williams, will share with us among other topics, the transformation process of the Anacostia River Front, a space that represents the restoration of an area with high social disparity and which today is an urban planning model to follow”.

Tony Williams, the former Mayor of Washington, D.C. (1999 – 2007), is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council, an organization focusing the creative and administrative talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities facing the District.

He is widely credited with leading the comeback of Washington D.C. during his two terms as Mayor, restoring the finances of our nation’s capital, and improving the performance of government agencies, all while lowering taxes and investing in infrastructure and human services.

In addition to his duties with the Federal City Council, Mayor Williams is a Senior Advisor to King and Spaulding, LLP.  He serves on several company boards as well as the boards of Urban Institute and the National Geographic Society.

Prior to Federal City Council, he led the Global Government Practice at the Corporate Executive Board in Arlington, Virginia.  He also taught public finance and urban leadership as the William H. Bloomberg Lecturer in Public Management at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government while coordinating programs for the Municipal Innovation Program at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Before his election as Mayor, he was the independent Chief Financial Officer of the District from 1995 to 1998, working with and on behalf of local officials, the D.C. Financial Control Board, and the U.S. Congress. Before his service in local Washington, Tony worked in a variety of positions in federal, state, and local government, including as the first CFO for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, appointed by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

He holds a BA from Yale, an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, as well as a number of awards and honorary degrees, including Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year in 1997.  He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and former President of the National League of Cities.

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