Incumbent District Eight Representative, Hon. Marlon Penn, who is seeking re-election after two terms in office, has vowed to push for the economic empowerment of the people of Hope Hill, trough diversification initiatives such as scenic routes and cultural tourism.
In an address to a small gathering on Hope Hill last night, February 20, Hon. Penn spoke of his vision to build the community into one of the “superpowers” of the territory.
“Economic diversification is going to be critical at this time,” he told a handful of residents four days before the General Elections, adding, “We have clearly outlined our plans for economic diversification and the Eighth District and Hope Hill is front and centre in that plan for economic diversification and moving our economy forward.”
Expounding on the idea of cultural tourism, the former Junior Minister of Trade and Investment Promotion said, “One of the areas in which we plan to do that is to tap into the rich culture that is Hope Hill. Hope Hill has some of the most cultural icons throughout this entire territory.”
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“We’ve devised a plan to develop our heritage tourism in this community. We have already started our work in the Long Look community where we now have heritage tours that are put on whenever ships are in the territory. We have a golden opportunity to expand on those offerings within the Hope Hill community and into Josiah’s Bay and the wider East End community,” he told those gathered.
He added that by making Hope Hill one of the tourism stops for the in excess of 20,000 tourists that pass through the area to get to Long Bay Beach, more economic opportunities would be provided for the people of the community.
“What that would do is create a platform for the persons within this community to showcase their talent, showcase their culture, showcase some of the traditional cooking, traditional means of production and make money off of that process…Our plan is to create that economic diversification throughout the Eighth District,” he divulged.
Added to that, he said, “We need to build the infrastructure. We have been discussing the whole issue of this well and how we can use this well to really enhance the entire community and the entire surroundings of the Hope Hill area.”
Continuing, he shared that plans for the development of a lookout site in the area are underway, which would showcase the scenery of Hope Hill and its surroundings for the enrichment of the residents.
“All of this is possible through the work that we have done through the National Business Bureau,” he noted, adding that additional funding will be provided to the Bureau to facilitate such plans.
The Incumbent Representative also committed to rectifying the water woes facing residents, in addition to his vow to ensure that works are carried out for the improvement of roads in the area.