IN THE NEWS: RT Park Introduces New Programs and Staff to Community

Published Tuesday, June 18, 2019
by The St. Croix Source

 

Via The St. Croix Source:

The new staff at the V.I. Research and Technology Park introduced two new programs, Tuesday to promote budding entrepreneurs and assist young Virgin Islanders with a technology background in finding jobs in the territory.

Executive Director Peter Chapman took over the position nine months ago, bringing with him more than 20 years executive experience, most recently at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. He earned a master’s degree in public policy from Tufts University and his undergraduate degree is from Wesleyan University.

At a forum held Tuesday to introduce the new staff and new programs to the community, Chapman said RT Park has “evolved” from the previous model to a new level, with a new website that includes names of current clients, how to apply for benefits, a list of attorneys who can help with the application process and other information. [Read full story at The St. Croix Source]

Source: https://stcroixsource.com/2019/06/18/rt-park-introduces-new-programs-and-staff-to-community/

Client Testimonials

In January 2012 my business was underway as a Tech Park entity. It has been a wonderful seven years. The Tech Park has always been supportive, easy to do business with, and is making a positive impact on the islands. The Tech Park organization is professional and efficient. They have created a friendly business environment that has been a pleasure to work within and a great experience overall. I would encourage any eligible entity to consider joining us in the Tech Park.

Louise Stapleton, LNL Publishing

Our firm, The RainTree Group, came into the UVI RT Park program in 2018.  We didn't have much experience in the USVI and followed the advice of the wonderful RT Park staff and other RT Park tenants.  The application process was transparent and straightforward.   The simple concept of the Park is mutual benefit - your company gets some tax incentives that allows you to grow your business more quickly and the USVI and UVI gets additional tax base, employment opportunities, and scholarships for deserving students.  The business environment and life in the USVI is slower paces and less stressful as the mainland, and without question the biggest business hurdle is communications, so find an office location where you have investigated the broadband options. Come and join us, you won't regret it!

James Salter, VosCom dba The RainTree Group

There are many unique treasures to living here. I’ve discovered a passion for mountain biking. My children have learned to sail. With a small community, you get to know people quickly. We found they went out of their way to make us feel welcome. When considering the move, a top concern was the children’s education. We found a quality school our kids love, with a dedicated faculty. In fairness there is an adjustment period. You learn to navigate island life, master shipping logistics, get to know a new culture, and take in some of the most beautiful ocean views in the world.

David Thompson, Exigo

We have been part of the RT-Park program for almost three years now.  The application process was straight forward and we had plenty of dialogue and feedback prior to our approval.  My only regret is we didn’t do this sooner.  It is satisfying  knowing that we are partners with UVI and enabling the education of the next generation .  We also love living in the USVI.  People are warm and welcoming and the pace of life is amazing healthy.  Most days it feels like a working vacation.

Andy Hemmert, President , HRMT, LLC