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Enterprise Community Partners, VIHFA Offer Free Workshops on Building Resilient Homes

Enterprise Community Partners will conduct a free workshop on St. Thomas and on St. Croix focused on building resilient homes and communities in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte speaks at the Routes Americas even in Indianapolis last week. (Photo provided by USVI Department of Tourism)

Department of Tourism Is Monitoring Global Coronavirus Developments

As expected, the Department is diligently abiding by all recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pertaining to the spread of the disease, steps for reporting and evaluating a person under investigation, risk assessment, public health management and other matters surrounding the virus.

Employer Forum 2020 to Foster Partnerships Between Employers and Employees

ICF is a Virginia-based, international, strategic consulting firm that provides professional services in workforce planning, training, technical assistance, performance and engagement and organizational development to assist employers in developing a high-quality workforce for their business.

VIEDA and Entities to Hold Board Meetings February 27

A public hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, for the V.I. Economic Development Commission and the Enterprise Zone Commission. A Governing Board Decision Meeting will also be held for the EZC, the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority, the Economic Development Bank and the Economic Development Park Corp.
The four graduates from St. Croix Seventh-day Adventist School Class of 2019 share a hug. From left, Mahlana Graham, Shomari Francis, Stacy Frederick, Chanel Aubert.

WAPA Announces Applications for 2020 McFarlane Scholarships

For the successful applicant pursuing a bachelor’s degree, up to $60,000 will be provided. Graduating seniors are eligible as are freshmen or sophomore students presently enrolled in or planning to enroll in an accredited engineering program.

Organizations to Compete for SBA Funding to Provide Training for Women Veteran Entrepreneurs

(SBA) has announced that nonprofit organizations, state and local agencies, and institutions of higher learning are eligible to compete for funding of up to $300,000 to deliver entrepreneurship training to women service members, women veterans and women military spouses.
VIHFA Executive Director Daryl Griffith testifies before the V.I. Senate. (Photo by Barry Leedam for the V.I. Legislature)

VIHFA Disburses $31 Million in Payments to FEMA STEP Contractors

The STEP program, which was implemented after hurricanes Irma and Maria, caused devastating destruction throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017, has been plagued by funding delays, but it was successful in repairing over 6,500 homes.

Caribbean Tourism’s ‘Pulse’ Remains Strong as 2020 Starts on Positive Note

Consensus, backed by data, was that the Caribbean on the whole continued its decade-long growth pattern, showing increases in stopover visitor arrivals, airlift and key hotel performance indicators.

DLCA Releases Latest Fuel Price Survey

Fuel Price Surveys were conducted on Feb. 14 on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. Fuel surveys are included for comparative viewing and transparency.

Limetree Bay Refining to Conduct Weekly Tests of Its Notification System

The testing will take place at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, and will continue periodically throughout the day. The alarm will utilize an audible tone that will be preceded and followed by “This is a test.”

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