The Charles Gordon Market in Montego Bay will undergo a facelift as the Labour Day 2013 project of the St. James Parish Council, in partnership with Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited.
“The Charles Gordon Market is the key Labour Day activity in St. James this year. We want to make the market a true economic centre for persons who sell and for persons who shop there and to further stimulate economic development in St. James,” said Councilor Glendon Harris, Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Parish Council, commenting on the project.
The work to be completed at the Market will create a new entrance to the facility giving more visibility to vendors, and improving security. Other improvement work to be completed on Labour Day will include rebuilding of planter boxes, repainting of walls and patching of the car park as well as a general cleanup of the premises.
Columbus Communications, operators of the Flow and Columbus Business Solutions brands, has joined forces with the St. James Parish Council to assist with the rehabilitation of the market by providing a cash injection of $150,000 to finance the Labour Day project. Another important component of the partnership will be the involvement of Columbus team members who will work side by side with the Parish Council team and other members of the community to complete the project.
Mayor Harris lauded the efforts of Columbus for coming out to assist the council in its major Labour Day project. “We are pretty happy to have the team from Columbus on board as major corporate sponsors of the day’s activity,” he said.
“We are very pleased to again partner with the James Parish Council for Labour Day, especially for this project which is central to economic activity in Montego Bay,” said Denise Williams, director of corporate communications for Columbus Communications “It is important to us to give back in the communities we serve and we welcome another opportunity for our team members to make a meaningful contribution toward an activity such as this which can have a profound impact on transforming the lives of citizens. It is gratifying to be able to join the rest of the nation and to do our own part towards fulfilling the theme for Labour Day 2013 to lend and hand to build our land.”
Columbus has made annual commitments to supporting the Labour Day projects of Parish Councils across the island since launching service in Jamaica and has invested over $4 million dollars towards Labour Day projects in that time. This year, Columbus will also partner with the St. Catherine Parish Council to support their clean-up efforts at the Spanish Town market.