The XX U.S.-Spain Annual Forum, held in St. Augustine, FL from September 18-20, 2015 garnered media attention both in the U.S. and abroad. This year’s 20th edition focused on key policy areas including bilateral trade and workforce training.
This week, America welcomes Pope Francis. Amid all the excitement and anxiety over what he will say, one thing is clear already. He arrives to a church and American population that are being rejuvenated by our Hispanic population.
His Majesty presided over the opening of the center’s “Iberian Suite: Global Arts Remix” a three-week festival of Spain, Portugal and all the other countries they influenced around the world.
Greetings to Current & Prospective Members of the United States-Spain Council
It is my pleasure to serve as the Honorary Chairman of the Council and join the Honorable Juan María Nin Génova, Chairman of the Fundación Consejo España-EEUU, to help further its commitment to promoting and maintaining strong relationships among government, business, and cultural leaders from both the United States and Spain.
I am honored to follow in the footsteps off former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson, former Senator Bob Graham of Florida; former Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, former Senator Mel Martinez of Florida, and Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey. Since its creation, the Council has developed close ties with the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, the Embassy of Spain in Washington, and the Spanish Royal family.
The Council would not be what it is today without our membership. We would like to formally welcome our new members and thank returning members for their continued commitment to strengthening ties between our two countries.
Every year, the Council hosts an annual Forum - alternating between the United States and Spain. The 2015 forum was held in St. Augustine, Florida to commemorate the 450th anniversary of Spanish settlement in the United States and the foundation of America’s Hispanic roots. The Forum covered topics pertaining to transatlantic trade, foreign policy, economic and defense developments in Latin America, and the importance of STEM education and innovation. Participants and panelists included speakers from the highest levels of government in both countries, experts in a variety of fields, academia, as well as major financial institutions and industrial companies worldwide.
Additionally, each year, in coordination with the Spanish Embassy and the Fundacion Consejo Espana-EEUU, the Council’s Young Leaders Program offers 10 young professionals from across the country the opportunity to travel to Spain and experience the country through a unique social, cultural, economic and political lens. The 2016 YLP is scheduled to take place in October 2016. We invite those interested to apply once applications are released in the summer of 2016.