-a little history-

Who we are

The St. John’s Development Corporation (SJDC) was established in 1986 by an Act of Parliament. SJDC is a statutory body responsible for the enhancement and orderly development of the city of St. John’s in the island state of Antigua and Barbuda. 


The mandate of the Corporation is to “guide the implementation of a program for the renewal and modernization of the City of St. John’s considering its cultural and architectural history”. As well as to “enhance the infrastructure, particularly the tourism infrastructure within the designated area.” 


The St. John’s Development Corporation Act 1986 Cap. 392 sets out the purpose, role, and functions of the Corporation. The Corporation is governed by a Board of Directors composed of eight persons under the Chairmanship of Mr. Patrice Luke who sets Policy Directives as mandated and issued by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. SJDC falls under the umbrella of the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Transportation and Investment and the Hon. Charles Fernandez, is the Minister responsible for SJDC. The day-to-day affairs of the Corporation are managed by the Executive Director along with a competent management team and staff of 170 employees.

Our Mission

To make St John's City the model of the Caribbean providing amenities for the development and benefit of our stakeholders while creating an environment of excellence.

Our Vision

The improvement and development of the infrastructure, facilities, and amenities of downtown St John's thereby creating an environment in harmony with the needs of an ever-changing world evolving the city as the best brand in Caribbean Tourism and life.


-Our Leaders-

Top Management

Craig B. Whyte

Executive Director

Carolyn Thomas-Parker

City Manager

Derrica Watson

Chief Financial Officer

Damon Merrick

Maintenance manager

Rochelle Perry-Christopher

Human Resource Manager

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