Ohio State Council

Procter & Gamble

Ohio Farm Bureau

Ohio AgriBusiness Association

Luis Alcalde, Attorney, CUBAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY LEADER
Kegler BrowN

Ryan Augsburger
Ohio Manufacturers Association

Jane Campbell, Former Mayor
City of Cleveland

Rev. Joan Campbell, DIRECTOR OF RELIGION
CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION,
former President, World Council of Churches

Dr. James W. Campbell, Director
Geriatric Center, The MetroHealth System

Luis Cartagena, Chairman
Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development

Chris Cua, Choice international Hotels

Dr. Michael V. Drake, MD, President,
Ohio State University

José C. Feliciano, Jr.,
Board of Directors of The Hispanic Roundtable

Jim Hartung, President
Toledo Sister Cities, 
Former CEO, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority

Dave Hershberger, President
Prestige Travel Leaders Inc.,
ASTA National Board Member

Todd King, President
Sky Climber LLC

Richard Konick, Charter member
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Coalition

Kirk Merritt,
Ohio Soybean Association

Danielle Milam, Vice President of Latin America
Franklin International

Brad Moffitt, Director of Market Development
Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers

August A. Napoli, Jr., Chief Advancement Officer
Cleveland Museum of Art

Ike Reynolds, CTC-President,
Owner and ASTA Mid-America Board Member

Patrick Reynolds, Vice President
Reynolds Travel,
ASTA Mid-America Treasurer

Ronald B. Richard, President & CEO
The Cleveland Foundation

Dr. Milton Sanchez-Parodi, Doctor and Cuban-American community leader

Steven D. Standley, Chief Administrative Officer,
University Hospitals

Scott Schertzer, Mayor
City of Marion

Lee Weingart, President
LNE Group


CRAIN’S CLEVELAND: TWELVE NEW THINGS TO DO IN NORTHEAST OHIO THROUGH FEB. 18

Learn “The Case for Opening Cuba” at a City Club of Cleveland panel discussion featuring Luke Albee, senior adviser at Engage Cuba; Luis M. Alcalde, of counsel at Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter; Jackie Calmes, national correspondent for The New York Times; and Ronn Richard, president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation. (Wednesday, Feb. 17, at noon)

 

CINCINNATI BUSINESS COURIER: WHY CUBAN THAW IS GOOD NEWS FOR CINCINNATI BUSINESSES

A Xavier University professor who has made two trips with students to Cuba says, in the light of President Barack Obama's visit to the island nation this week, Cincinnati companies would be smart to start making business relationships there. Thomas Hayes, chair and professor of marketing, first took students to Cuba in March 2014, months before Obama announced the beginning steps of normalizing relations with the Communist nation in December of that year. He went back again in January of this year, and Hayes said he sees big potential for Cincinnati companies to do business in Cuba.

 

PRENSA LATINA: CREAN EN OHIO CONSEJO EMPRESARIAL A FAVOR DE JUSTO COMERCIO CON CUBA

El anuncio se dio a conocer después de una reciente encuesta donde el 78 por ciento de los residentes de Ohio -demócratas y republicanos- apoyan el levantamiento del bloqueo a Cuba y aprueba el restablecimiento de las relaciones diplomáticas entre los dos países. "Es hora de que los líderes en Washington escuchen a la gente de Ohio y se comprometan con Cuba", comentó James Williams, presidente de Engage Cuba Coalition.

 

LORAIN MORNING JOURNAL: REP. TIM RYAN: OPEN CUBA PRESENTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR OHIO

Ohioans from across the political spectrum support the restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba, with a recent poll putting that support at 78 percent. That is why I am working with local community and business leaders and organizations such as Engage Cuba and their recently announced Ohio State Council to support an end to the Cuban trade embargo. For the first time, this council will bring together a diverse array of Ohioans to articulate why increased U.S.-Cuban relations are in our state’s best interest.

 

FOX NEWS LATINO: PRESIDENT OBAMA URGES BUSINESS LEADERS TO PRESS CONGRESS TO LIFT CUBA EMBARGO

"For too long, a small minority of status quo defenders sidelined the voices of the vast majority of the American people who support a change in U.S.-Cuba policy,' said James Williams, President of Engage Cuba, in a statement. 'Engage Cuba will work on the ground in the states to ensure elected officials in Washington know where their constituents stand.' Engage Cuba says it plans to develop state-level coalitions to press members of Congress to lift the U.S.-Cuba trade and travel ban. The group says it will be implementing its grassroots campaign through local media, polling and advertisements. The first sites will be in Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas and Ohio."

 

STAR TRIBUNE: IN GOP, EMMER TAKES THE LEAD ON CUBA

"Outside Florida and other areas with large Cuban communities, Americans generally favor easing trade and travel restrictions. Last fall, a GOP pollster for the Atlantic
Council found more than 60 percent of voters in Iowa, 
Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee backed restoring relationships. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NBC-COLUMBUS: PUSH IN COLUMBUS TO END TRADE EMBARGO WITH CUBA

Engage Cuba created an Ohio State Council to end the trade embargo between the U.S. and Cuba. Luis Alcalde, a first-generation Cuban-American in Ohio, believes it could help businesses in Central Ohio. Ohio’s largest agricultural export is soybeans. According to Engage Cuba research, of Cuba’s $2 billion in agricultural imports, 13% are soybeans. However, the U.S. is losing opportunities to export to countries like Brazil and Argentina. “What is really going to create change in Cuba is to have normal relations with them,” Alcalde said, “I’ve seen more changes in Cuba in the last 3 years than I have seen in the last 16 years of going to Cuba. Engage Cuba’s conducted a survey that found 78% of people in Ohio support lifting the embargo, but it would require a vote from Congress.

 

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Cuba embargo opponents meet at City Club: Engage Cuba, a coalition of businesses and organizations seeking to lift the U.S. travel and trade embargo on Cuba, will announce members of their Ohio State Council during an 11:30 a.m. event at the City Club of Cleveland. New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes will also moderate a discussion about new poll numbers indicating Ohioans support restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba.

 


Cuba Debate: Crean en Ohio consejo para poner fin al Bloqueo contra Cuba

Líderes empresariales y comunitarios de Ohio crearon un consejo que representa a una amplia gama de industrias locales, y se convirtieron en la principal coalición de empresas privadas que trabajan en Ohio para poner fin al Bloqueo económico contra Cuba. El anuncio se dio a conocer después de una reciente encuesta donde el 78 por ciento de los residentes de Ohio -demócratas y republicanos- apoyan el levantamiento del bloqueo a Cuba y aprueba el restablecimiento de las relaciones diplomáticas entre los dos países. “Es hora de que los líderes en Washington escuchen a la gente de Ohio y se comprometan con Cuba“, dijo James Williams, presidente de Engage Cuba Coalition.

 

Kent State University WKSU: Engage Cuba Coalition Draws the Midwest into the Conversation About U.S.-Cuba Relations

James Williams is president of the Engage Cuba Coalition.  He’s brought together a wide-ranging group of Ohioans to join him in lobbying Congress to allow trade and travel with Cuba. That group, the Ohio State Council, includes Ohio State President Michael Drake, Cleveland Foundation CEO Ronald Richard, and a long list of agriculture, trade and development advocates pushing for an end to the 55-year-old embargo. 

 

Ohio Country Journal: Engage Cuba launches a state council in Ohio

Engage Cuba, the leading coalition of private companies and organizations working to end the travel and trade embargo on Cuba, announced that prominent Ohio business and community leaders have joined together as part of its new Ohio State Council. Members of the council, who represent a wide array of local industries, are calling for an end to the longtime trade embargo with Cuba in order to benefit Ohio business and agriculture interests.

 

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: OHIO CAN WIN WITH CUBA TIES

Ohio stands to benefit if the Ohio State Council of Engage Cuba, a Washington D.C.-based business group seeking to end the 56-year-old U.S. embargo on trade with Cuba, is successful. The Ohio State Council includes consumer-products giant Proctor & Gamble and the Ohio Farm Bureau. Others include Kirk Merrick of the Ohio Soybean Association, Brad Moffitt of Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers, Michael V. Drake, M.D., president of Ohio State University, and Columbus attorney Luis Alcalde. The embargo imposed after Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba and installed a communist regime has been wholly ineffective at ending or moderating the Castro regime, now headed by Fidel Castro’s brother, Raul Castro.

 

AKRON.COM: OLD TRAIL SCHOOL ART TEACHER VISITS CUBA

"Old Trail School's Middle School visual arts teacher Jeffrey Eason traveled to Havana in October as part of a National Art Education Association (NAEA) delegation. ... NAEA guests met with representatives of the Cuban government to discuss educational policy, curriculum, assessment, funding, instructional resources and practices." 

 

CLEVELAND.COM: NORTH OLMSTED ZUMBA CLASS STUDENTS LEND A HAND TO DRESS FOR SUCCESS CLIENTS: A PLACE IN THE SUN

North Olmsted Zumba class students lend a hand to Dress for Success clients: A Place in the Sun ... Havana Nights: LakewoodAlive invites all Lakewood lovers to step out of the cold and into a hot Havana Night. The fundraiser will offer a taste of Cuba with rum drinks, salsa dancing and fun. 

Ohio's Champions

Senator Sherrod Brown (D) Co-Sponsor of S 299 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

Senator Sherrod Brown (D)

Co-Sponsor of S 299 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015