As the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) continues to celebrate its 45th anniversary, the government’s principal urban and rural development agency hosted the 33rd Annual Hellshire Summer Fun on July 25, 2013. On this occasion, approximately 400 children from childcare and protective institutions in the corporate area were treated by the UDC to a fun filled day at the Fort Clarence Beach in Hellshire, St. Catherine.
The 2013 edition of the longest running beauty contest in history of Jamaica, the Miss Jamaica World pageant, was hosted by the SMG/Montego Bay Convention Centre on Sunday, 22nd July 2013.
Jamaica’s most popular and versatile banqueting and conference venue having secured the right to stage this prestigious event; makes it the first time in the history of the competition that the Miss Jamaica World was held outside of Kingston.
“This is fantastic news for the city of Montego Bay,” says Dittie Guise, General Manager of SMG/Montego Bay Convention Centre.
The Most Hon. Edward Seaga, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Desmond Malcolm, General Manager, Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and Mr. Patrick King, Head of Sale for Digicel (Jamaica), will on Monday, July 22, 2013 deliver keynote speeches at the inaugural 2013-2014 Leaders-to-Leaders Speaker Series to be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica. They will speak on the theme Transforming Our Downtown and Urban Core: Why doing so is good for business?
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) remains committed to the completion of the Linstead Market Renovation Project. Work on the project which started in 2012 as part of the Jamaica 50 Legacy Projects is now nearing the end of the second phase and involved urgent structural repairs to the main market building.
The Canteen and Old Market Buildings were completed in the first phase of the renovations. To date all major structural repairs have been completed except for minor variations that were identified and are being addressed.
The Urban Development Corporation has invited the business community to take up various investment offers in various area inclusive of St. Ann and downtown Kingston.
The Corporation participated in the 5TH Diaspora Conference which was held June 17 to 19 2013 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre under the theme “A Nation on a Mission: Jamaica-Diaspora Partnership for Development”.
St. Joseph’s Infant, St. Jago Cathedral Preparatory and Waterford High have emerged winners in the Urban Development Corporation’s (UDC) “2013 Hellshire Schools Enviro Competition”. The winning schools copped trophies and cash prizes valued at $25,000 each and select passes to the Biodiversity Centre at the Port Royal Marine Lab. The awards were presented at the 7th annual Hellshire Enviro Fair held at the Two Sisters Caves on Friday, May 31.
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is collaborating with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), through the “Mitigating the Threat of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean” project, to host the 7th Annual Hellshire Enviro Fair. The event will be held on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Two Sisters Caves in Hellshire, St. Catherine. The Hellshire Enviro Fair is a community outreach and environmental education activity aimed at encouraging environmental awareness and eco-friendly practices.
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC), notes the article published in the Gleaner of Saturday, May 4, 2013, under the headline “UDC blocks Little Goat Island project, irks developers”, and wishes to place this matter in perspective.
The Corporation which has management authority of the Hellshire Hills and Goat Islands in St. Catherine anticipates prior consultation by any potential developer, for property which it owns. This was not the case in the instance of the Old Harbour Development Area Committee (OHDAC).
Green Grotto Caves is Jamaica’s first tourism attraction to achieve EarthCheck’s highest accolade of Platinum Certification. Platinum Certification recognises 10 years of continuous reporting under the EarthCheck Benchmarking and Certification Program. In recognition of Green Grotto Caves’ outstanding sustainability achievement, Fabia Lamm, manager of the attraction, was presented with a platinum plaque at an awards ceremony held Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Attraction in Discovery Bay, St. Ann.