Our History

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Our History

Our History

CRECE was founded by former Member of Congress and Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis G. Fortuño, a credible advocate of the economic freedom movement both in Puerto Rico and the United States. Our vision and mission are based largely on his views and public policy initiatives.  CRECE was born out of his deep commitment to contribute to Puerto Rico’s continued progress outside of the political arena.  CRECE is a relevant, dynamic and credible voice in the development of public policy in Puerto Rico.

The institution boasts a Board of Directors composed of Puerto Rican professionals who share a common vision and passion for our guiding principles of economic freedom, personal responsibility and opportunity as pillars of economic and social prosperity. We benefit from their expertise and success as a starting point to investigate and promote public policies that boost economic freedom. In addition, CRECE will have a Board of Advisors formed by local and international leaders with expertise in the development and implementation of public policy, who will provide guidance on particular projects and strategic initiatives.

CRECE is based at the Biblioteca Siglo XXI Luis G. Fortuño (Luis G. Fortuño 21st Century Library), the gubernatorial library of former Puerto Rico Governor Luis G. Fortuño.  The library and CRECE are located on the campus of the Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico. CRECE and UMET are committed to a partnership that will allow CRECE to instill its values at the inception of an individual’s professional formation by complimenting and strengthening leadership and academic offerings to the student body. In addition, it promotes within the academic circles the critical study of public policies and government strategies in an effort to generate concrete ideas to stimulate growth in Puerto Rico and Latino communities in the United States.

CRECE is part of the Atlas Network, a nonprofit organization connecting a global network of over 400 free-market organizations in 80 countries.