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.