Mark your calendars! The Puerto Rico Rural Investment Summit will take place March 7-8, 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico at The Condado Plaza Hilton. Attending will be some of the most active Lenders and Stakeholders in the USDA and SBA guaranteed lending industry! Topics such as Access to Capital, Opportunity Zones, Recovery Funds in Puerto Rico, Secondary Market, Puerto Rico’s, the Farm Bill, OneRD and regulation changes will be covered at this event.

“The summit will provide valuable information on the USDA Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan Program, Energy Programs, Water & Environmental Program, Community Facilities Loan Program and SBA Loan Programs,” said Thomas Kimsey, 2018 president of the NRLR. “Together, we will discuss recovery funds for Puerto Rico, Access to Capital, Opportunity Zones, the Secondary Market, the 2018 Farm Bill and OneRD.”

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USDA Rural Development offers loans, grants and loan guarantees “to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure,” according to the agency, which has “a loan portfolio of more than $224.5 billion to bring enhanced economic opportunity to the Nation’s rural communities.”