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Gov’t, Opposition legislators donate over $12K to D5 Economic Zone

Mark Vanterpool

Three district representatives have made personal contributions totalling more than $12,000 towards the Fifth Electoral District’s Economic Zone that government will build in the Huntums Ghut community of Tortola.

The pledges were made on Monday, October 19 at the groundbreaking ceremony for the project.

Territorial At-Large Representative Neville ‘Sheep’ Smith pledged to pay for a business workshop to educate the first entrepreneurs who will be part of the economic zone when it opens.

Smith also promised to pay the first month’s rent of each occupant who will be renting a space at the economic zone. After hearing that Fifth District Representative, Kye Rhymer has plans to open a pantry and build a library in the vicinity of the economic zone, Smith also promised to donate books for the library and $1,000 towards the building of the pantry.

Fourth District Representative Mark Vanterpool pledged $5,000 towards the economic zone. He made his contribution on behalf of his business OneMart Superstore.

Additionally, Territorial At-Large Representative Carvin Malone also pledged $7,500 towards the economic zone which will operate as a nursery for small business owners.

In his remarks, Rymer said about 18 businesses will be housed within the economic zone. He said interested persons will have to submit a business plan which will be used for the selection process.

Once the facility is built, each entrepreneur will pay a small monthly fee for upkeep.

Rymer also said as businesses grow, they will be expected to move out of the economic zone and make way for other aspiring entrepreneurs.

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  1. LOL says:

    Crafts Alive light…..No pay, but stay!

  2. ndp heckler says:

    THIS GRASSHOPPER IS NEVER AROUND WHEN THE OPPOSITION IS HAVING A PRESS CONFERENCE BUT HE IS AROUND EVERY GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY THE VIP HAS, NAYBE JUST LOOKING FOR MORE COVID STIMULUS?

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  3. when fowl-cock geh teeth says:

    Pure political gimmicks

  4. And says:

    And what kind of businesses are there for young entrepreneurs? Most can’t read or do simple math . Write a business plan? Really? So I guess we will see hair and nail salons, maybe dog grooming, places to hang out and smoke dope with your friends, high tech innovation (lmao), money laundering operations, oh and don’t forget a few bars. What a waste of time and effort. How about concentrate on the failing businesses that already exist and are dying for lack of government leadership.

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  5. vip heckler says:

    when is this government going to start attracting revenue/investments to this country may i ask? They are full speed going from one non-revenue generating project to the next

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  6. more freebies says:

    The market stalls will be free, craft’s alive already free, wickham’s cay land free, pier park free and this project too will be free like the rest of them

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    • VICKIE says:

      SOME PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP GET LEFT OUT BUT THE VIP WILL GET A RUDE AWAKEN NEXT ELECTION. THER IS SOME PEOPLE HAVE IT AND SOME DO NOT AND THOSE THAT CAN .AFFORD TO WEATHER THE STORM ARE BRAGGING HOW THEY GET FREE RENT I SAW A LADY SHED TEARS WHEN SHE HEARD THAT. PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING A DECENT SALARY FROM GOVERNMENT ARE THE ONE GETTING THE BREAK IT IS SAD THE WAY THE /////// IS TREATING SOME PEOPLE.I THINK THE NEEDY COME FIRST THE WAY THING IS DOING THE NEEDY IS LEFT TO GO HOMLESS.

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  7. huh says:

    I call this using taxpayers money to build free stalls so people can run their businesses rent free

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  8. SMI says:

    When is the Government going to break ground on the Palm Grove Shopping Center, it’s over 3 years and no one is doing nothing about it. WE though the new government would have done something about it. These are people who had business and lost their lively hood because the government didn’t have the insurance up to date. Please tell the people something

  9. SEA COWS BAY says:

    Fraser what happen to the third district we need economic assiatance in our village ge persons who can he;p build the distroct and brinb some money evonomic help to yhe third district You can start with a village fair think about it

  10. same old, same old says:

    Has plans to build the elderly home been abandoned. It would be nice to have a retirement village for seniors. A type of independent living facility with class.

    Bring new initiatives to the table.

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