UVI RTPark Celebrates Feature on The Good Road Season 4

Published Tuesday, December 19, 2023


UVI Research and Technology Park Celebrates Feature on The Good Road Season 4

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ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands — December 19, 2023 — The UVI Research and Technology Park (RTPark) proudly announces its recent feature on Season 4 of The Good Road, a national documentary series highlighting global change-makers. Episode 405, which focuses on St. Croix, showcases the RTPark's commitment to innovative community development, sustainability, and fostering technological advancements in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Hosts Earl Bridges and Craig Martin delve into the transformative work of the RTPark in an insightful interview with CEO Peter H. Chapman and Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Sydney Paul. The episode, titled “St. Croix, USVI – Farm Tech City”, explores the "islands among the islands of the US Virgin Islands, from food education and independence to a center for technology”, according to PBS’s website. It highlights individuals and organizations turning vulnerabilities into strengths. The episode also features an interview with the founders of Boomerang Eats, a tech startup based in St. Croix that successfully completed the RTPark’s accelerator program, Accelerate VI.

The Good Road, a PBS affiliated show which can be seen on Amazon Prime and YouTube among streaming platforms, tells the story of the RTPark's innovative initiatives encompassing technology, business attraction, workforce development, and entrepreneurship, contributing significantly to the economic growth of the Virgin Islands. With a focus on change-making and community development, the RTPark is a catalyst for attracting and nurturing local STEM talent, startups, and established tech businesses.

CEO Peter H. Chapman expressed his gratitude, saying, "We are thrilled to be featured on The Good Road, a national television series, showcasing the impactful work the RTPark is doing in the territory, including our Tech Village mixed-use development project which falls in line with the message of the episode—envisioning the USVI, and particularly St. Croix, as a model ecosystem for an innovative agriculture industry. Our commitment to being change agents in technology and knowledge-based sectors aligns perfectly with the show's mission of highlighting global initiatives that make a positive difference."

Sydney Paul, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, emphasized the RTPark's role in storytelling and promoting local innovation, stating, "I am privileged to help share the narratives of incredible startups and businesses that are shaping the future of our community. The Good Road's spotlight on our endeavors amplifies the message of opportunities, innovation, and technology in the Virgin Islands."

The episode further explores the RTPark's Accelerate VI program, designed to support local businesses in their growth and scaling efforts. Boomerang Eats, a success story from Accelerate VI, is highlighted as the first startup tech company originating from the Virgin Islands. The founders, Khalid and Zayd Saleem, discuss their journey and the vital support received from the RTPark.

CEO Chapman expressed his appreciation, saying, "We extend our heartfelt thanks to The Good Road for showcasing the US Virgin Islands and the RTPark's mission. This recognition is a testament to the dedication of our team and the impact the RTPark is making in fostering a resilient, innovative, and sustainable community."

The UVI Research and Technology Park continues to serve as a hub for knowledge-based businesses, driving economic development, and fulfilling its legislative mandate to create a premier business destination in the region.

Viewers can see Season 4, Episode 405 at https://www.pbs.org/video/st-croix-usvi-farm-tech-city-0V5Vmx/.

For more information about The Good Road, please visit https://goodallover.tv.

For more information about RTPark and its initiatives, please visit www.uvirtpark.net.