Kingston Restoration Company

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    Kingston Restoration Company Limited (KRC) is an urban regeneration agency that provides development service to local, regional and international clients. KRC was incorporated in March 1983 as a response to the rapid decline of social and economic conditions caused by the extreme political polarization between the two dominant political parties and their supporters. This resulted in political violence, the creation of party-controlled garrison communities, and the collapse of Downtown Kingston as the prime centre for business and commerce. An exodus of government and public service providers ensued. In 1982, 36% of the labour force within a two mile radius of Downtown Kingston was unemployed. From 1983 to 1985 KRC undertook research on the restoration costs for the buildings along the Harbour Street corridor. In September 1986 the USAID sponsored, Inner Kingston Development Project (IKDP) provide assistance with the aim of revitalising the economic situation downtown thereby providing badly needed employment  the surrounding areas. As a result of KRC's strategies; private investment increased, jobs were available, production space for Government offices was created and residents were able to participate in educational support programme and avail themselves of health facilities.