Michigan and Cuba in the News

The Herald Palladium: Benton Harbor HS Interact Club goes to Cuba

Four recent Benton Harbor High School graduates and their three chaperones said they had an exciting educational experience in Cuba even though they went after President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Detroit News: Tigers Sign Teenage Cuban Outfield Prospect Roberto Campos

The Tigers have dipped their toes back into the international signing pool. On Tuesday they signed Cuban-born outfielder Roberto Campos for $3 million.  

MLive: Cuban Defector, Dodgers Prospect Makes Own Name for Great Lakes Loons

In Cuba, Miguel Vargas is a member of baseball royalty, the son of a legend. But Vargas is comfortable playing in Midland, Michigan for the Great Lakes Loons, even if he’s never seen a loon and the walk-off music is from Greta Van Fleet instead of Gente de Zona.

Michigan Engineer News Center: Destination Cuba

Over spring break, 2017, 22 Michigan Engineering students participated in one of the first technical interactions between a U.S. university and Cuba since the thawing of relations. They toured manufacturing facilities and attended lectures at the University of Havana.

Detroit Free Press: Don't Close Door on a Relationship with Cuba

Rolling back Obama’s historic policy would not further our nation’s security or economic interests, and would only assuage a small group of Cuban-American politicians who have dictated U.S.-Cuba policy for six decades. It would be bad news for the growing private sector in Cuba and for American businesses alike.

The Detroit News: Cuba Official: Mich. Could be Trade Partner, Investor

Michigan and Cuba could be great business partners, Cuba’s ambassador to the U.S. said. “I think (like Cuba,) your main asset here is the people,” José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez said after his keynote address to the Detroit Economic Club. “We probably should think about how we can compliment each other. No doubt agriculture is one field, but there are many others.”

Michigan Radio: Pure Cuba: Opportunities for Michigan

Interest in Cuba has surged since the Obama administration’s announcement of a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations.  Opportunities may exist to build trade with the communist island nation, with exports of both manufactured and agricultural goods.  And “I’ve always wanted to go to Cuba,” is a refrain that may help spur tourism between Michigan and the “Pearl of the Antilles.” Michigan Radio has two journalists in Cuba to tell some of the stories of Michigan’s connections to the Caribbean nation.

Greater Lansing Business Monthly: Relations with Cuba Thaw, Michigan Businesses Gain $5.9B in Potential Business

In a November 2015 article in the State of Michigan’s Office for New Americans (MONA) newsletter, stated, “The chamber’s [sic] Executive Director Dana mcallister says there are many diverse opportunities for Michigan companies in both importing and exporting, particularly agricultural products, medical equipment and supplies, and alternative energy.”

Crain's Detroit Business: Cuban Chamber of Commerce Opens First Michigan Office in Troy

The Cuban Chamber of Commerce has opened its first Michigan office in Troy. Dana McAllister, the Chamber's executive director, said her goal is for Michigan to be a lead exporter to Cuba.The chamber also has offices in Washington D.C and Miami. The Troy office will be the chamber's headquarters.

MichiganLive.com: Opportunities Abound for Michigan Agriculture in Cuba

"Just 90 miles off our southern coast, it sure seems logical to those of us in Michigan agriculture that we engage in trade and actually engage with the Cuban people," says Jim Byrum, President of the Michigan Agri-Business Association.


Michigan's State Champions

Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)   Co-Sponsor of  S 1287 Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)

Co-Sponsor of S 1287 Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI-1)   Cosponsor of  H.R. 525 Cuba Agricultural Exports Act

Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI-1)

Cosponsor of H.R. 525 Cuba Agricultural Exports Act

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI-3)   Cosponsor of  H.R. 351 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act  and  H.R. 442 Cuba Trade Act of 2017