Why Puerto Rico Now – Interview

Why Puerto Rico Interview
Why Puerto Rico Now interview with Adam Greenfader of AG&T and Robbie Karver of PR Consultants.  The interview was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the recent Investor Mastermind conference.  

 

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Together they discuss investment opportunities in Puerto Rico. In this interview, Adam and Robbie discuss why the island is ready for great growth. They also explain why the island’s economy may provide insulation from some of the global economic issues causing the recession.  Below are some excerpts from the book. Coming soon and launching in September 2022. 

In every crisis, there is an opportunity. 

Today, we find ourselves recovering from a worldwide pandemic. Supply line challenges caused by COVID 19 has made the production, distribution, and storage of critical supplies a top national priority. Puerto Rico, with over 70 years of critical manufacturing experience, is in an ideal position to lead the fight against COVID 19 for the United States. In the midst of all these challenges, there are silver linings. 

Today, Puerto Rico is about to receive the largest allocation of Federal relief funds in U.S. History.

 In what is being called Operation Bootstrap 2.0., Puerto Rico will receive over 80 billion dollars. This includes money to  construct homes, critical infrastructure, renewable energy, and other vital projects.

In addition to relief funds, Puerto Rico and the Internal Revenue Service have created a series of tax incentives. Their goal is to bring in new businesses and people to the island. Act 20/22 (now Act 60) had the unintended consequence of attracting a new breed of entrepreneurs – blockchain and crypto investors. Suddenly, Puerto Rico finds itself leading a technological revolution with thousands of people bringing new ideas, connections, and capital to the island.

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Discover Puerto Rico Tourism Development

Discover Puerto Rico

Discover Puerto Rico Tourism video (2:45 s)  highlights Puerto Rico’s unique selling proposition for tourism in 2022 and beyond. Interviews with Adam Greenfader of AG&T and Federico Stubbe of PRISA Group discuss the island’s rich culture, robust infrastructure, great airlift, and other benefits such as Federal tax incentives. Watch the video to learn how you can be part of Puerto Rico’s booming hospitality and tourism industry.

Puerto Rico means business. The island’s supportive ecosystem empowers entrepreneurs’ forward-looking vision with a spectrum of assets, including smart tax incentives, a highly skilled bilingual workforce, U.S. legal & financial frameworks, and an advanced network infrastructure.

 

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  1. Discover Puerto Rico is the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for our Island, which was created by legislation in 2017. Learn more about the organization’s purpose and history, as well as the expert staff who help make the DMO successful.
  2. PRISA GROUP is a family-owned, Puerto Rico-based developer.  PRISA is a builder of green residential communities and luxury hospitality projects. The Company has more than 500 employees and 6,000 units in planning and construction.  The value of works is over $3 billion with over 30 years in the business.
  3. AG&T is a real estate development and consulting company founded in 1998 with headquarters in Miami, Florida. Our  track record spans over 55 real estate development projects in Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and various other Caribbean islands.

The Future of Caribbean Housing

The Future of Caribbean Housing

Join the Urban Land Institute SE Florida / Caribbean (ULI) for a one-hour virtual panel discussion with leaders throughout the Caribbean as they discuss both challenges and opportunities impacting The Future of Housing throughout Caribbean

Moderator : Emily Morgan, Land Development Manager, NVR Inc.,

Carlos Palacious, Managing Principal, Bron,

Michael Treacy Founder, PLUM

Gary Matalon, Director, CSI

Some of the discussion questions include:

  1. What Makes your Island Unique (regarding living and investment opportunities?
  2. What issues are you seeing today in housing & construction in your island?
  3. What new technologies have you integrated or used to help with these challenges?
  4. What incentives does your island provide for development current & future opportunities in housing, hospitality, or other related projects? 

 

Andrew Farkas Speaks about Caribbean

Andrew Farkas

Keynote Lunch Speaker:  Andrew Farkas, CEO Island Capital Group

Moderated by Adam Greenfader, Chairman of the Caribbean Engagement ULI


Andrew was previously Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Insignia Financial Group, Inc.  – which went public after three years and after merging with CB Richard Ellis became the largest owner/ operator of multifamily residential housing in the United States with approximately 275,000 apartments and over 200 million square feet of commercial space. Today, Andrew Farkas is currently Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Island Capital which presently owns a controlling interests in approximately $5 billion assets including C-III Capital Partners, NAI Global, PZR, and  Island Global Yachting or IGY.  IGY is the largest owner, operator and developer of yachting oriented resorts in the world.  Mr. Farkas is also dedicated philanthropist with a specific focus in the arts, children, and the environment.  Today, Andrew is committed to ESG (Environment Social Governance) investments in housing, hospitality, and infrastructure, that address key social imperatives. He is particularly interested in helping the Caribbean address its migration challenges caused by economic hardship. 


Some of the questions in this Video:

  1. Puerto Rico and The Bahamas have been recently devastated by major hurricanes.  What impact has this had on your lending?
  2. Is ESG important to your fund?
  3. Do you look at a project’s sustainable elements when making funding or acquisition decisions?
  4. How has the Caribbean region recovered from the COVID pandemic?  Do you see any long-term changes to travel, tourism, or hospitality in the Caribbean?
  5. Do you work with island governments, with local Caribbean banks?
  6. How important is it for you to have local players as part of your management team or funds?
  7. IGY announced plans to achieve carbon neutrality at all facilities in the IGY network by 2025.
  8. Can you explain this program and how you help your guests  to participate in carbon offsetting of their own commercial and recreational activities.
  9. If you could wave your proverbial magic wand for the Caribbean (Puerto Rico) what would you like to see change?
 
 
 

AG&T is a real estate development and consulting company founded in 1998 with headquarters in Miami, Florida. Our  track record spans over 55 real estate development projects in Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and various other Caribbean islands.

Adam Greenfader Shares New Opportunities in Puerto Rico

Adam Greenfader

Adam Greenfader, Managing partner of AG&T (7 minute video) speaks on new opportunities in Puerto Rico. Learning this video about the the island’s history and how you can learn from the past to generate real value and  long term economic growth. The video includes new information about tax incentives, the tourism tax incentive, Act 20/22, and other tax credits for real estate development. Contact us for more information and to learn about Why Puerto Rico Now

AG&T is a real estate development and consulting company founded in 1998 with headquarters in Miami, Florida. Our track record spans over 55 real estate development projects in Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and various other Caribbean islands.

 

Critical Manufacturing and Puerto Rico USA

Luis Fortuno and Congresswoman Jennifer Gonzalez

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The panelists :

 

 

 

The ULI Webinar has an incredible array of information crammed into 90 minutes and it gives a great snapshot for the many initiatives being introduced and planned to help the Puerto Rican economy and create more quality jobs. If I had to some it up in three words, Mo is back. Mo of course being momentum.

 Each of the speakers brought a different perspective. Congresswoman Gonzalez Colon noted her primary mission is the reconstruction of the Island and to shephard the many supporting bills recently introduced in the US Congress. Former Governor Luis Fortuno brought an informed Wash DC think tank perspective, Adam Greenfader is one of Puerto Rico´s most passionate advocates, Andy Carlson of JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle) brings experienced commercial  insights from the world´s second largest public brokerage firm, Dr Deusch stated his case for the reasons he brought his Swiss/German manufacturing business to Puerto Rico because of a need for precision and reliability, while Noel Zamot has a finger on the ethical pulse of developing new business in Puerto Rico.

The conversations were upbeat and positive. For instance, Congresswoman Colon made a presentation on MMEDS which was introduced last month to Congress under the bill H.R. 7527. This bill provides tax incentives and tax credits for companies creating manufacturing plants and jobs in economically distressed areas in the US and its territories. The criteria for distressed is even stricter than the recent Opportunity Zone legislation passed in late 2017. When the Congresswoman showed the MMEDS qualifying maps there were smaller areas in very non desirable locations in the US whereas Puerto Rico literally had a much larger proportional area in some desirable locations. And she stated very clearly that MMEDS is one of the very few legislative items that is drawing bi-partisan support from both sides of the aisle.

The entire panel then weighed in on the competitive advantages that Puerto Rico has when competing with the mainland U.S. including much lower labor costs by as much as 60% lower in some cases, an experienced manufacturing labor force going back 100 years, the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez which is a top 10% engineering school for the entire U.S. and which is very much geared to provide the engineering and chemistry talent to support Puerto Rico´s manufacturing base. That even today five of the top ten selling drugs internationally are produced in Puerto Rico and 12 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies have plants in Puerto Rico. Luis Fortuno noted that Puerto Rico had more than $40 billion USD in pharmaceutical exports in 2019 but has the capacity to increase this substantially. The panel noted that some closed down plants are almost in turnkey conditions should manufacturers wish to return or expand capacity. It would not take much. Maybe a recession of the Jones Act, or at least an exemption for an extended period of time, might be the necessary catalyst. There are some interesting new developments on this front as was evidenced last week by Hawaii noting that 85% of their informed populace is all for rescinding the Jones Act as it costs that Island 1.2 billion USD in additional transportation and cost of goods fees.

Progress is being made on seeking some type of exemption under the taxing provisions of GILTI as it adds a 10%+ tax on profits for CFCs (controlled foreign corporations) which unfortunately applies to the US territories since the do not fall under the IRC (Internal Revenue Code). On May 1, 2020, Congresswoman Stacey E. Plasket, representing the US Virgin Islands, filed Bill HR 6648 – the Territorial Economic Recovery Act, that if becomes law, it will exclude our territories from much or all of the GILTI taxation, under certain provisions.

On April 3, 2020, Congresswoman Jennifer González, resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico, introduced Bill HR 6643, the Securing National Supply Chain Act of 2020, to provide various tax credits to Economically Distressed Zones, including a tax credit on the amount of wages paid by an employer to employees in such a zone. The proposal has some overlap with HR 7527 noted above.

President Trump’s Special Representative for Puerto Rico’s Disaster Recovery,  Rear Admiral Peter Brown, lead two delegations to Puerto Rico in August 2020, the last visit being last week. I am told the trip was very successful as a big priority was to visit and understand the many advantages of pharmaceutical manufacturing in Puerto Rico.  AG&T is committed to bringing our network top information and access to our industry’s leaders.