Pierluisi Visits Orlando to Promote Puerto Rican Products and Services at Expo Puerto Rico

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By Mivette Vega

December 6, 2022

The event promotes the export of Puerto Rican products and services to other markets, as well as investment and economic development on the island.

On Monday, Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi traveled to Orlando to attend Expo Puerto Rico. 

Nearly 30 Puerto Rican companies interested in offering products and services in Florida are exhibiting at Expo Puerto Rico in Orlando, which takes place from Dec. 5-8 at the Walt Disney World Center for Culinary Arts & Hospitality.

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Expo Puerto Rico’s mission is to promote the export of Puerto Rican products and services to other markets, as well as investment and economic development on the island.

“Our goal during the Expo in Orlando is that Puerto Rican entrepreneurs who attend can create business ties to export their services and products to the United States, as well as promote Puerto Rico as a destination to invest and establish companies,” Pierluisi said in a press release.

The Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC by its Spanish initials) is supporting Puerto Rico’s entrepreneurs who are interested in exporting their products.

“Central Florida represents for Puerto Rican businesses an opportunity for expansion not only for products, services and food businesses, but also includes the possibility of exporting recognized business brands such as El Mesón, Econo, and Selectos, to name a few,” said Manuel Cidre, DDEC secretary, who also traveled to Orlando.

Pierluisi also highlighted that now is a good time to do business on the island, thanks to the fact that there is a boom in reconstruction, such as infrastructure recovery and renovation projects backed by over $50 billion in federal funds.

“Economic indicators are up, businesses are growing, and tax collections are steadily increasing. Unemployment is at a 15-year low and more people are entering our workforce, which has helped because the poverty rate on the island is decreasing,” Pierluisi said.

The governor also mentioned opportunities in various fields, such as manufacturing, tourism, technology, and agriculture, among others.

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“The aerospace industry is an ever-growing sector that needs a professional workforce with up-to-date skills for a highly regulated market. This creates new job opportunities for our engineers in various fields, such as aviation and space. This event will present opportunities for personnel in the aerospace area, among others, who are considering relocating to the island,” Cidre added.

This is the second trip that Pierluisi has made to Orlando in approximately a month. Previously, he met with Puerto Rican entrepreneurs and elected officials to strengthen initiatives that promote opportunities for economic growth between Central Florida and the island.



  • Mivette Vega

    Mivette Vega is a seasoned journalist and multimedia reporter whose stories center the Latino community. She is passionate about justice, equality, environmental matters, and animals. She is a Salvadorrican—Salvadorian that grew up in Puerto Rico—that has lived in San Juan, Venice, Italy, and Miami.



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