Tenn. council joins effort to end US-Cuba trade embargo

Associated Press

By: Lucas L. Johnson II

A bipartisan public policy group seeking to end the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba has formed a special council in Tennessee to help its cause.

Engage Cuba held a round table discussion with business and community leaders from across the state in Nashville on Monday.

The organization announced the formation of a 15-member Tennessee State Council, representing a wide array of sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, business and the arts.

Engage Cuba president James Williams says the group plans to form similar councils in Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Ohio and Texas, all of which he considers “natural markets to export to Cuba.”

Catherine Glover is president of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and a council member.

She says the U.S.-Cuba engagement through trade and travel provide increased opportunities for Tennessee business to expand their customer base and find new opportunities to grow.