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Building a Stronger Puerto Rico

Innovative plans for a recovery

By Aaron Lazenby

Fall 2018

A recent plan to rebuild Puerto Rico includes using technology, such as cloud computing, to upgrade municipal systems and protect natural and cultural resources. But a draft of the Puerto Rican government’s recovery report, released in July, also includes ideas for innovations to entice talent and encourage entrepreneurship. Among the ideas are plans for a research, development, and prototyping facility and a call for using abandoned buildings as business incubators. More at

Illustration by Wes Rowell