Today, I joined the amazing team at JAXPORT to sign a Memorandum of Understanding solidifying the historic ties between Jacksonville and the island of Puerto Rico.
Our city has enjoyed a fruitful connection and partnership with San Juan and Puerto Rico for more than half a century, and I am glad to see that relationship strengthened.
Throughout the country, Jacksonville is the number one port for trade for Puerto Rico, handling nearly 90 percent of all sea trade between them and the U.S. mainland. Much of that is due to the amazing maritime industry we have here in Jacksonville, with leading companies like Crowley, TOTE Maritime, and Trailer Bridge headquartered here. Additionally, Jacksonville and San Juan have been Sister Cities since 2009 through Sister Cities International.
This memorandum of understanding today highlights that strong connection between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico and strengthens our efforts to collaborate when and where both of our communities can benefit.
I applaud CEO Eric Green, the the board of directors, and the amazing team at JAXPORT for their important role in this agreement. I am also grateful to Secretary Thibault and the Florida Department of Transportation for their leadership, Aundra Wallace at JAXUSA Partnership, and our strong martime industry here in Jacksonville.
This signing is just the beginning. Working together with our friends and colleagues in Puerto Rico we will continue to see even greater job growth and economic development for the people of our communities in the years ahead.