Puerto Rico’s reconstruction is a long, contentious and costly process that has to be locally-led, as it presents a unique opportunity for development.

CNE’s efforts have continued to generate game-changing research, policy proposals and intense advocacy efforts to guide a reconstruction that is fair and serves the needs of Puerto Rico.

CNE identified which areas had suffered the greatest damages after Hurricane María, with information from various sources including FEMA,the U.S. Census and the P.R. Planning Board. Both federal and local government officials have asked CNE to share their data and results

CNE developed an online digital dashboard that monitors federal post-disaster procurement contracts for Puerto Rico in real time. 90% of federal post-disaster contracts go to U.S. and not locally owned firms, as CNE uncovered in a research report a year earlier.

Our research and tools have been shared with journalists, academics, and other stakeholders, who have joined CNE in advocating for local participation to counter the astounding pervasiveness of U.S. based companies contracting. The Puerto Rico Comptroller’s office began to identify local reconstruction contracting after effective advocacy efforts.

As a comprehensive program designed to monitor, align and foster locally-led reconstruction efforts, ReImagina developed tools and resources for individuals, communities and municipalities.

Construction Puerto Rico: A digital directory of construction industry resources to increase local contracting.

Guide for Resilient Community Center Design: A guide for the design of resilient community centers to serve as educational and development facilites that can withstand other natural disasters. Created in collaboration with other NGOs.

Seminars and toolkits designed to guide the reconstruction of stormwater management systems, one of Puerto Rico’s most problematic and vulnerable pieces of infrastructure.

ReImagina’s principles to guide the reconstruction process:

Maximize social welfare in all investments • Establish equity and inclusion as a priority • Ensure transparency at all levels of policy formulation • Emphasize and encourage coordination and collaboration.