Construction Workers

This is the event's 46th edition. >Brandon Cruz González/File

The Puerto Rico chapter of the General Contractors Association (ACGPR) announced the 46th Annual Convention and Construction Expo to discuss the island's reconstruction.

The event will be held from august 22 to 25 at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, located in the municipality of Río Grande.

"This is the main construction meeting in Puerto Rico. There will be all private industry leaders and public officials related to the reconstruction of Puerto Rico and infrastructure modernization," ACGPR President Alejandro J. Abrams said.

Abrams, an engineer, also highlighted the recognition of José “Pepín” Cestero of Puerto Rico Wire Group as the recipient of the Alejandro S. Herrero Prize during the Gala Dinner that will take place on Friday, August 23.

During the AGCPR Convention, the most relevant issues for the construction industry will be discussed, including the current state of the construction industry, federal funds for reconstruction, the status and itinerary of planned projects, local contracting, inclusion of hand of female work, solutions to current challenges, and workforce training.

Among the guests featured in the Convention is Dirk Elsperman, president of the National Chapter of AGC of America, based in Washington, DC. Guest speakers include the governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez; the executive director of the Financial Oversight & Management Board, Natalie Jaresko; COR3 Executive Director Ottmar Chávez; the engineer Carlos Pesquera; the economist José Joaquín Villamil; political analyst and lawyer, Luis Pabón Roca; and Dr. Judith Monrouzeau, HR director of BDLM.

"This is a unique opportunity to discuss issues that specifically impact our industry and its ability to activate the economy and create jobs in Puerto Rico. Thanks to our partners, exhibitors, and sponsors for supporting us in the production of this event," Abrams stated.

He added that the AGCPR will also hold its 3rd Executive Conference on August 23, which will be attended by construction service providers and suppliers.

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