GPH hosts stakeholder meetings on downtown redevelopment
Global Ports Holding (GPH) Head of Business Development for the Americas Colin Murphy said his company has begun the process of understanding how it can be an effective part of the redevelopment of Downtown Nassau by holding numerous stakeholder meetings.
Murphy, who is quoted in a press release from GPH, said as his company redevelops the cruise port it also wants to understand how it will affect businesses in the area of the port and those that depend on cruise visitors.
GPH executives recently met with the Bahamas Taxi Cab Union, the Prince George Dock Taxi
Drivers Committee, the Festival Place Tenants Association, the Glass Bottom Ferry Boat Association, the Professional Downtown Hair Braiders Association, the Horse & Surrey Association and the Scooter Association. Meetings were also held with downtown merchants, as well as representatives of the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association, the Bahamas Federation of Retailers and the Downtown Nassau Partnership.
“It’s critical for us to establish these fundamental partnerships as early as possible,” said Murphy.
“The outcome of this project will depend heavily on the foundations of the relationships that we form with key stakeholders. We’ve heard many of the concerns of various groups during these meetings and we recognize that there’s a lot to consider and a lot of work to be done. If we’re all constantly communicating and keeping our common goal in mind, we can work together to ensure that everyone’s needs are met in the most effective ways possible.”
Murphy added that the meetings were undertaken with the Bahamas Investment Authority and the Office of the Prime Minister.
He explained that given GPH’s “significant” investment in Nassau, the company sees it prudent to become a “helpful partner in the effort to revitalize downtown”.
“It’s important that we all have a thorough understanding of where we are now and where we want to be, so that everyone involved can bring their best ideas forward to make the project successful,” he said.
President of the Festival Place Tenants’ Association Yvette Prince said stakeholders will ensure their voices are heard as they work along with GPH.
“We support working with Global Ports Holding and are willing to collaborate to develop solutions to ensure that everyone wins through this project.”