Signs of support for the Commonwealth Games bid are growing in Halifax — and much of this support is helping to generate awareness and offset operating costs for the bid, Halifax 2014 CEO Scott Logan said today, Aug. 22. “We’ve been contacted by numerous business owners who see the tremendous potential of the Games, and are interested in helping the bid,” said Mr. Logan. Currently one of the most visible supporters is the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission which, on Saturday, Aug. 19, erected Halifax 2014 banners on the Macdonald Bridge. “We are a proud supporter of the 2014 Commonwealth Games bid,” says Steve Snider, general manager and CEO of the commission. “We look forward to future opportunities to garner further support and working on making the Commonwealth Games bid the theme for next year’s bridge walk.” More than 3,000 people showed their support at this year’s annual bridge walk — wearing Halifax 2014 tattoos and waving bid flags. Flag bearers from some of the Commonwealth nations, as well as local athletes, participated. Halifax 2014 is receiving in-kind contributions that help to keep the costs down, including furniture from Office Interiors and office rent for the Metropolitan Place office tower location from Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust Management. “Maritime Broadcasting ran public service announcements on its radio stations this summer,” said Mr. Logan. “This kind of free advertising and exposure is a tremendous boost.” The Halifax International Airport Authority is also working on ways it can promote the bid throughout its terminal building. The Commonwealth Games are an international sport and cultural event held every four years in which athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories compete. In December 2005, Halifax won the right to be Canada’s candidate city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In competition with Glasgow, Scotland, and Abuja, Nigeria, the Halifax 2014 bid committee is now focused on developing and winning the international bid, which will be awarded by the Commonwealth Games Federation on Nov. 9, 2007, in Sri Lanka.