February 19th VIPCA met with the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands – Albert Bryan – to discuss the potential infrastructure advancement which could be made to the territory to support the growth of marine tourism. Also discussed was means to encourage VI youth into the marine industry with training to be provided both in marine services and as captains.
March 4 VIPCA met with Commissioner of Tourism – Mr. Joe Boschulte – to discuss the necessary support by the Department of Tourism of the industry.
March 5 VIPCA met with Senator Fret Gregory to elaborate on the above discussions and do expand upon the contributions made by marine industries to the economy.
March 6 VIPCA attended the Governor’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee (CEDS) Meeting to discuss the means by which the Marine Industry may be implemental in the 5-year plan.
March 6 VIPCA attended the Economic Development Authority USVI “2040” Task Force Steering Committee Meeting to discuss the means by which the Marine Industry may be implemental in the 20-year vision for the territory.
March 7 VIPCA attended theBusiness Roundtable Discussion on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration to consolidate the above meetings.