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Gleaner Chairman Oliver Clarke yesterday offered a proposal for the core function of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) to be revised to create a mechanism to produce high levels of employment in the bustling urban centre of downtown Kingston.
Clarke suggested that the KSAC needs to grasp the reins of political leadership in 2014 to propel the revitalisation of the commercial district that has been the subject of much attention as a drive is on to inject new energy into the historic area.
He said that while the gamut of big businesses in the area had a key role to play in driving the development agenda, the KSAC needed to get its priorities organised to ensure that rebuilding efforts yield the desired results.
"What would make me really happy is to see 2014 as the year in which the KSAC becomes the model of efficiency," declared Clarke during in an interview on Power 106 FM.
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has taken on the mantle of leadership in the development programme by spearheading a multi-stakeholder approach to the redevelopment of the capital city. The UDC plans for the redevelopment of downtown Kingston are envisioned to take place in four phases up to 2018.
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Clarke pointed to what he characterised as a massive workforce that is available for duties.
"The workforce must be put to work as a matter of urgency," he said. "We need to put it to work, and the political leadership should come from the KSAC."
He suggested that given the high demand for jobs in the downtown Kingston business district, any company or person who created more jobs in the area should be acknowledged and honoured.
"What will help us to improve is [the infusion] of new jobs," Clarke said. "We really need a new mood so that we can make Kingston once again become the engine of growth."