Communities As Catalysts:
The Fundación para la Conservación Adaptativa has designed and developed the program called El Nodo. El Nodo is the entrepreneurship development initiative that seeks to turn the historic downtown of Ponce, Puerto Rico into the hub of entrepreneurial activity for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean basin.
In order to accomplish this vision, our non-profit organization has taken on the mission of saving and protecting historic and iconic architectural properties through title acquisition of several key properties, restoring them and transforming their use to meet today’s and tomorrow’s needs, while looking after their proper maintenance and preservation. In addition to the properties, the initiative is working to bring true gigabit speed capability to the town square and create a two-block-radius “bubble” that allows continuous connectivity throughout the entire initiative. This will not only allow the entrepreneurial activity being developed within El Nodo to compete in the international arena but it will also attract to our city companies needing constant gigabit speeds and in doing so, creating additional jobs that complement, strengthen and support the entire community.
Through our mission and the comprehensively designed entrepreneurial development programming, the Fundación will tackle three of the biggest problems that currently affect the city and region:
- loss of historically and architecturally valuable properties;
- economic revitalization of the zone through activity that supports and assists entrepreneurial, commercial and tourism activity, and
- reversing population erosion trends through the creation of activity that draws interest and produces results, including new jobs.