Wharton to study USVI economy.
The U.S. Interior Department's Insular Affairs Office has
inaugurated a new fellowship program to address the pressing economic
problems of U.S. territories, reports The Virgin Islands Daily News
(June 4, 2003). Six master's in business administration students
from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School will spend two
weeks in June visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam in an attempt to
identify ways to stimulate economic growth in the islands, said David
Cohen, deputy assistant secretary for insular affairs. The fellows will
present their findings to Interior Secretary Gale Norton and their work
will be used by the department to prepare for a territorial investment
development conference that Norton plans to host this fall.