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JAMAICA - Montego Bay's Mayor pays official visit to Atlanta, Georgia


Washington, DC - Chairman of the St James Parish Council and Mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris will pay an official visit to the city of Atlanta Georgia from Saturday, May 18 to Wednesday, May 22.


Mayor Harris and his six-man delegation will be met on arrival by Jamaican honorary council to Atlanta and the chairman of Atlanta Sister City Committee Vin martin.

On Saturday, May 18 the mayor and his delegation will be hosted at a reception given by Mr. and Mrs. Martin and members of the Atlanta Sister City Committee

The following Monday, the Jamaican contingent meet with the chief of the Atlanta Fire & Rescue Department, Kelvin Cochran, and will tour a number of fire stations in that city. Later that evening the delegation will meet with Mark Sussman and Brandon Barnes, director of trade show and sales and director of international tourism, respectively, at the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Then on May 21, Mayor Harris holds discussions with the director of operations of the Atlanta Solid Waste Department Douglas Raikes, to get an overview of the program and visit recycling and yard debris disposal facilities. The Montego Bay Mayor then meets with the mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed on a wide range of topics. He will also meet with chairman of the Atlanta Advisory Committee on International Relations Kwanza Hall.

Before leaving returning to Jamaica, Mayor Harris and his delegation will meet with the vice president for global commerce Jorge Fernandez and programs manager for global commerce and Anna Alford – both of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

The mayor’s delegation comprises secretary-manger of the St James Parish Council Gerald Lee, councilor Suzette Brown, chairman of the Montego Bay chapter of the Atlanta sister City Committee Fred Smith, Ms. Mary Chambers, Andrae Dixon and Sheryl Royal.

Atlanta and Montego Bay were made sister cities in 1972 under formal declaration of the representative mayors and city council of both cities. Atlanta’s twinning with Montego Bay is the second largest relationship among those it has with 18 sister cities. Through its annual health mission in October, the Atlanta Sister Cities Committee has delivered medical assistance to over 45 thousand residents of the parish of St James over the past 18 years and has made monetary and in-kind contribution worth some US$ 175,000.