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  • An Internet-based application (app), aimed at mapping businesses with the needs and lifestyles of the communities they serve, will be introduced as part of the second staging of the ‘Gas Pro Street Style Cook-Up’.
  • The initiative, which involves collaboration with the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ) Community Renewal Programme (CRP), and project management company Carrington Direct, will be held in Waterhouse in Kingston on November 29.
  • Director of F1RST Media, which will develop the app, Dwight Scott, said the goal is to bring all small businesses in the community together online, in a cost effective way.

An Internet-based application (app), aimed at mapping businesses with the needs and lifestyles of the communities they serve, will be introduced as part of the second staging of the ‘Gas Pro Street Style Cook-Up’.

The initiative, which involves collaboration with the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s (PIOJ) Community Renewal Programme (CRP), and project management company Carrington Direct, will be held in Waterhouse in Kingston on November 29.

Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on November 5, Director of F1RST Media, which will develop the app, Dwight Scott, said the goal is to bring all small businesses in the community together online, in a cost effective way.

He said the mapping app will aid sponsors and other partners to see how their products integrate and interact with the needs and lifestyle of the residents.

“Often times, there is no medium or channel to capture this data, and that’s how the partnership involving F1RST, CRP, Gas Pro and Carrington Direct comes in,” Mr. Scott said.

Chief Strategic Planner at Carrington Direct, Carrington Morgan, said the app will allow for more interaction and connectivity between sponsors and the community.

“We’re able now not just to connect with communities, but to have an ongoing real-time relationship with the communities and this is key for community empowerment and key for development from all angles,” Mr. Morgan pointed out.

He added that the app will be free to businesses and it is easy to get listed. Workshops will be held across the country to engage communities in need of investments, such as the street style cook-up.

Technical Specialist with the CRP, Charmaine Brimm, hailed the partnership involved in the staging of the cook-up, noting that it is a novel idea, which will bring more benefit to the Waterhouse community.

She noted also that the app will aid the work of the CRP, as the data provided will help inform programme development and assist communities to build on their capacities to grow and become self-sufficient.

“The CRP relies a lot on empirical data… so we endorse it fully and think that this is a novel move…to include a mapping (app), where we can access that data,” Ms. Brimm said.

The Gas Pro (Gas Products Limited) Cook-up aims to bring businesses and other sponsors into communities. It is focused on empowerment, building a relationship with communities and integrating the residents with members of the public and private sector, as they showcase their culinary skills.

The first cook-up was held at Tower Street in Parade Gardens, Kingston on May 17.