Economic Development

The Virgin Islands economy is on the verge of collapse with over three decades of a structural deficit, the absolute unacceptable cost of energy in the territory, a downturn in the U.S. economy as only can be compared to the 1929 depression, the massive budgetary shortfalls and the sudden death of HOVENSA. The only acceptable way out of this is to grow the economy rather than increase taxes and/or a reduction of workforce.

As your Congressman, I will make it my mission to aggressively seek out businesses and industries to locate to the USVI. To accomplish this I will work with the Economic Development Authority to enhance their programs through greater Federal cooperation and coordination. I will also develop a taskforce, of successful USVI businesses whose key personnel will donate their time to work directly with me, sharing ideas, best practices, and solutions to grow the territory’s economic opportunities.