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October 2018

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative - A Professional Fellow Visits Seattle

Abdiel Chiu, fellowship program recipient (front and center), with BergerABAM team members (from left to right), Huy Le, mentor Jilma Jiménez, Jourden Makinen, April Ryckman, Hunter Brown, Duffy McColloch, Ruben Vasquez Guzman, Luqman Munir, and Jose Suazo.

In April of 2015, former President Obama launched the Youth Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) to strengthen the entrepreneurial and management skills of young business and civil society leaders from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs provides YLAI with 250 fellowships each year to enable professionals to come to the United States and get experience in their field of expertise. Alumni of past YLAI Professional Fellows Programs maintain a cohesive network across Latin America and the Caribbean to support each other’s efforts to improve their own ventures, share best practices, collaborate to reduce the opportunity gap, and contribute to economic prosperity in their communities.

New Vancouver Waterfront Park Officially Opens

The Grant Street Pier is a focal point of the Vancouver Waterfront Park.

The long-awaited opening of the Vancouver Waterfront Park and Grant Street Pier was celebrated on Saturday, 29 September 2018. Formerly an industrial site with a defunct paper mill on it, it became part of the City of Vancouver’s $1 billion revitalization program of its waterfront. This development provides a large economic benefit to the City by developing a mixed-use area that includes residential, commercial, and recreational areas.