- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Lifting the 50-year-old trade embargo with Cuba could be an economic boon to South Mississippi.

As relations become more normalized between the United States and Cuba, an advocacy group is pressing business leaders and legislators to open the doors to Cuba even more, promising a surge in commerce on the Coast if the embargo is lifted.

Engage Cuba, a advocacy group, gathered Mississippi business leaders Wednesday in Gulfport.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/29f6ARu ) the president of Engage Cuba James Williams says the Coast would benefit because of its proximity to the island nation 90 miles away.

Engage Cuba announced Wednesday the launch of the Engage Cuba Mississippi State Council. The council is a group of Mississippi agriculture, business, manufacturing, health care, education and government leaders who seek to build congressional support for lifting the embargo.

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