Pennsylvania & Cuba
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.
Politics PA: Doyle to visit Cuba
Congressman Mike Doyle, of PA’s 14th District, has announced that he will be traveling to Cuba this week to explore potential partnerships between Cuba and Southwestern Pennsylvania.
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.
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.
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.