Schedule of Events
Day 1: Thursday, May 19th
Welcome Remarks and Summit Overview by Executive Director Peter H. Chapman
Welcome Remarks from:
- Hon. Albert Bryan Jr., Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands
- Edward Thomas, UVI RTPark Board Chairman
- Dr. David Hall, President of the University of the Virgin Islands
The RTPark as a Unique Vehicle for Growing the VI Tech Sector
Learn more about the advantages of becoming a member of the RTPark and its history as an award-winning economic development organization focused on sector-based business attraction and entrepreneurship.
Building a Tech Hub in the USVI
Hear directly from companies currently operating in the territory through our business attraction program. They will share their experiences and perspectives about the growing tech ecosystem in the US Virgin Islands.
Tim Reid, Emmy-Nominated Actor, Director, and Producer
State of the USVI Economy and Overview of the VI Value Proposition
Hear economic experts, community stakeholders, and RTPark clients discuss the current economic trends and conditions of the territory, the advantages of operating in the territory, as well as recent development in the USVI across various sectors.
Navigating the Tax Incentive and Policy Landscape
The RTPark’s business attraction team is joined by local tax experts to break down our tax incentive program. They will also review relevant changes in federal tax law and their implications for tech firms exploring locating a business in the USVI via the RTPark program.
Telecom for the 21st Century
The U.S. Virgin Islands is home to some of the fastest broadband connections in the Western Hemisphere. Key players in the USVI’s telecommunications industry discuss the modernization of the territory’s infrastructure, including leveraging its state-of-the-art fiber-optic network and high-speed broadband access to connect the local economy to the global marketplace.
Day 2: Friday, May 20th
Planting Roots in the Virgin Islands: Practical Guidance for Life in the Territory
There’s more to the U.S. Virgin Islands than just business; our islands are also wonderful to live and play in. Hear from local real estate agents, school representatives, and current RTPark clients about relocating and living in the USVI.
Building a Future-Proof Workforce in the USVI
The U.S. Virgin Islands is building a strong workforce to support the innovative and sustainable jobs of the future. Hear from workforce development stakeholders in the territory who are actively working to build an ecosystem and “future-proof” the pipeline of USVI talent which our RTPark clients can tap into.
Sustainability through Technology & Innovation in the USVI
An exciting discussion exploring how the USVI and the Caribbean define sustainable solutions and how we can incorporate technology and innovation into the fabric of regional sustainability practices. Hear local and regional experts from the agriculture, energy and blue/marine sectors share their perspectives on the advantages of performing research and development for sustainable solutions and innovation in the
Suezette Yasmin Robotham, VP of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Talent Acquisition at Gartner; Speaker, Connector, Coach, and a Leading Black Woman in Tech
A More Resilient Future
As the U.S. Virgin Islands continues its physical, social, and economic recovery from the devastating 2017 hurricane season, as well as the ongoing pandemic, we discuss the exciting opportunities and proactive projects that are creating a more resilient territory for the future. Hear from disaster recovery leaders and experts working on the front lines in the USVI to develop and build best practices that support our economy’s and community’s ability to adapt to future threats quickly and efficiently.
Next Steps with the RTPark
Our closing panel, led by Executive Director CEO Peter H. Chapman, will guide you on actions and conversations necessary to take the next step in joining the RTPark.
- Executive Director & CEO Peter H. Chapman
- Hon. Governor Albert Bryan Jr.