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TribLive: Western Pennsylvania leaders explore potential in Cuba

“Obviously, this country has needs for a lot of things,” Fitzgerald said Monday upon his return from a weekend in Cuba. “Our companies could provide a lot of those products if we could sell down there.” He was accompanied on the trip by U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills; Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak of Carrick; PPG Industries executives; representatives from three universities; and others. Their goal was to lay the groundwork for trade and other opportunities on the island. The trip, organized by the Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister Cities Partnership, took them to Havana and to Matanzas, a coastal city about 70 miles west of Havana.

WITF: PENNSYLVANIA AND CUBA START TALKING ABOUT BOXING, BASEBALL EXCHANGE 

In the past six months, it's become easier for Americans to travel to Cuba, as the Obama administration eased restrictions. Now, Pennsylvania sees an opening as well. In the 1970's, it was known as ping pong diplomacy with China. Teams would play matches in both the U.S. and China, and the effort is credited with helping thaw relations. Now, for Cuba, it involves two other sports: boxing and baseball. A delegation from the communist country recently visited Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack. They're hoping to start with a boxing match featuring athletes from both Cuba and Pittsburgh in July, along with a baseball game. Stack says this is how good relationships start. "We need to have that exchange. We like many of the products in Cuba, not to mention Cuban cigars. And so it wouldn't be bad for us to be a leader in Pennsylvania of bringing Cuban cigars here and having a way to distribute them across America," says Stack.

POLITICS PA: DOYLE TO VISIT CUBA

Congressman Mike Doyle, of PA’s 14th District, has announced that he will be travelling to Cuba this week to explore potential partnerships between Cuba and Southwestern Pennsylvania. “I will be part of a delegation of businesspeople, academics, government officials, and individuals that will be traveling to Cuba this week for meetings to explore possible partnerships that would be of benefit to Southwestern Pennsylvania,” Rep. Doyle wrote in a press release. “The changing relationship between the United States and Cuba could open up significant economic opportunities for our region,” he continued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congressman Mike Doyle, of PA’s 14th District, has announced that he will be travelling to Cuba this week to explore potential partnerships between Cuba and Southwestern Pennsylvania. “I will be part of a delegation of businesspeople, academics, government officials, and individuals that will be traveling to Cuba this week for meetings to explore possible partnerships that would be of benefit to Southwestern Pennsylvania,” Rep. Doyle wrote in a press release. “The changing relationship between the United States and Cuba could open up significant economic opportunities for our region,” he continued.

 

THE MORNING CALL: PA. FARMERS STAND TO GAIN AS U.S. EXPANDS TRADE WITH CUBA

According to news reports after the 2004 trade trip, Pennsylvania was the first Northeastern state to sign an agricultural trade agreement with Cuba since the trade embargo was enacted 50 years ago. Now, with United States policy towards Cuba in a state of change, Pennsylvania farmers could see more exports to the island nation.

US SENATE: STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE FREEDOM TO TRAVEL TO CUBA ACT FROM SEN. BOB CASEY

On May 10, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced his cosponsorship of the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, supporting unrestricted travel from the United States to Cuba.

THE MORNING CALL: PENNSYLVANIA FARMERS STAND TO GAIN AS U.S. EXPANDS TRADE WITH CUBA

In the spring of 2004, state Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff and a delegation of Pennsylvania business officials headed to Cuba, aiming to make some connections. At the end of the five-day trip, they brought back contracts to sell Pennsylvania-grown cattle and apples — and the memories of a meeting where they chatted about farming issues with Cuban leader Fidel Castro. "He was well-versed in ag policy," Wolff said in an interview Friday, adding that the Cubans "were eager and anxious to do business with us."

THE PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA LEADERS EXPLORE POTENTIAL IN CUBA

In the streets of Havana, alongside exquisite architecture, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald saw ways Pittsburgh could help. Crumbling buildings, peeling paint and sagging infrastructure showed decades of neglect. “Obviously, this country has needs for a lot of things,” Fitzgerald said Monday upon his return from a weekend in Cuba. “Our companies could provide a lot of those products if we could sell down there.” He was accompanied on the trip by U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills; Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak of Carrick; PPG Industries executives; representatives from three universities; and others. Their goal was to lay the groundwork for trade and other opportunities on the island.

 

Pennsylvania's Champions

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) Cosponsor of S 1287 Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)

Cosponsor of S 1287 Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act

Representative Glenn Thompson (R-PA-5) Cosponsor of H.R. 525 Cuba Agricultural Export Act

Representative Glenn Thompson (R-PA-5)

Cosponsor of H.R. 525 Cuba Agricultural Export Act