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St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
St  Georges Revitalisation Plan
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St Georges Revitalisation Plan

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  • 1. St. George’s Economic Revitalisation Plan
  • 2. Background • St. Georges, once a thriving tourist destination, has fallen into disrepair and neglect due to a downturn in tourism, the economic recession and a lack of planning resulting in missed opportunities.
  • 3. Background • St. Georges town has not evolved with a changing world. Still stuck decades in the past, this lack of change has resulted in an exodus of local business sector, a crumbling infrastructure, lack of buy-in by local consumers. Due to this, St. Georges has failed to attract new entrepreneurs. • St. Georges has received very little in the way of assistance from Government in terms of economic revitalization; being completely over looked for many projects which would benefit the town.
  • 4. Background • Bermuda must maintain a reputation as a fiscally prudent and financially sound jurisdiction in order to remain attractive to the international business community.
  • 5. Problems • St. Georges has fallen into disrepair due to a lack of vision or plan on how to revitalize the economy as well as incent business’ to invest back into the town.
  • 6. Problems • Failing or below par infrastructure • Fall out of tourism dollar, even during the recognized tourist season. • Many business have shut down or relocated, thus further strangling St. Georges income. • Criminal element has taken root, with many simple crimes being ignored (Traffic for instance) • Demoralized residents.
  • 7. Strategic Objectives The Alliance believes there are several strategic objectives that must be undertaken to revitalize St. Georges. – Repair and upgrade the infrastructure – Incent local business and I.B. to relocate in St. Georges – Attract local consumers to spend money in St. Georges – Redesign the town taking advantage of it’s close proximity to the water and marketing it accordingly. – Increase security throughout the town ensuring a feeling of safety. – Increase transportation to, from and around St. Georges – Create new lines of income
  • 8. Solutions • Infrastructure – Data/Voice lines upgrade • Fiber ring? – Adequate Cellular / Wireless coverage – Adequate and stable power grid – Water piping • Include filling station for truckers – Upgrade sewage facility
  • 9. Solutions • Security - Improved policing with a permanent presence of officers - CCTV - There is a solar powered wireless solution available on the market. - Raised speed bumps with pedestrian lights on crosswalks - St. Georges Rangers - Establish neighborhood watches - Establish town watch
  • 10. Solutions • Economy • Incentives for new business to start in St. Georges • Payroll tax break for the first year • Startup loan with low interest, payback starting after first year in business • Decentralise Central Government to the East End to encourage new private enterprise to service the Civil Service on a weekday • EEZ Zone – Payroll tax break for all business • Payroll tax break for all established hotels and guest houses • Providing that funds be applied to upgrade and modernizing.
  • 11. Solutions • Transportation - Examine solutions for Causeway bridge, elimination mechanical solution, while increasing it’s strength - Examine an alternative to the causeway (I.e. Coney Island/Ferry Reach – draw bridge?) - Make Ferry service more reliable and available - Bring in ferry via ferry reach instead of going around. - Make St. Georges a hub instead of a destination - Create water taxi stand - Airport, Southside, Tuckers point
  • 12. Solutions • Tourism • Locate smaller ships for berth in St. Georges • Create a first class marina for: • Fishing tournaments • Mega Yachts • Long term sailboat travelers • Public Access berths for locals • Local rental • Hire a P/R firm to improve market nights
  • 13. Solutions • Work with land tour guides for improved and more consistent tours • Sedgeway Tours • Horse and Carriage • Nature Tours (Coopers Island) • Scuba / Snorkeling tours around Fort St. Catherine • Create an international event revolving around World Heritage Status (Working with other World Heritages sites)
  • 14. Solutions • Incent local fishermen to buy into St. Georges tourism product to be run from Marina. • St. Georges based deep sea fishing • Inner water fishing (Opens market for smaller boats)
  • 15. Solutions • Business • Work with a developer to create a business complex at various locations (I.E. Tiger bay) • Incent I.B. to relocate to St. Georges • Create a service brochure for all St. Georges business and market appropriately. • Create a boardwalk from the ferry terminal stretching along the entire waterfront. • Stagger store hours, opening later conveniencing locals.
  • 16. Additional Ideas • Incent high end stores catering to Tuckers Point and Tuckers Town residents (I.e. Meat/Seafood market) • Harness renewable energy to power St. Georges, thus creating excellent P/R world wide for a heritage site. • Take advantage of St. George’s location to the water and develop water themed activities. • Develop a reward/incentive program for locals to purchase in St. Georges • Dine Around Card • Local night with percentage discount for Bermudians
  • 17. Summary • While St. George’s is a far cry from the town it once was, it is salvageable if action is take soon. • St. George’s must take advantage of it’s natural resources and focus on local consumers. Creating opportunities for new business increases revenue for the town.
  • 18. Summary • The Bermuda Government must allow concessions so that the town will attract business back. • St. Georges must shake it’s mentality of being a one trick pony.

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