Minister Sean Canney launches twelve-month progress report and outlines next steps for The Atlantic Economic Corridor

 

  • Minister Sean Canney announces new phase for the Atlantic Economic Corridor task force.
  • Two key events to take place in Limerick and Sligo next week as a consultation for hubs development as part of the €1m allocated from the dormant accounts fund.

The Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, Sean Canney this morning launched a twelve-month progress report of the Atlantic Economic Corridor and outlined the next phase for the project. The launch took place at this morning’s task force meeting in the Corralea Court Hotel, Tuam, Co. Galway attended by key stakeholders from across the region. Minister Canney also announced the winners of a recent competition for nine trips along the AEC including hotels, access to co-working hubs and other activities in each region.

The aim of the Atlantic Economic Corridor is to facilitate the delivery of the National Development Plan by promoting collaboration within the AEC that attracts investment and creates jobs and prosperity in the region. The Department of Rural and Community Development is responsible for co-ordinating the AEC project and developing a collaborative road-map for delivery of the objectives.   Speaking at this morning’s event the Minister said “The first AEC Taskforce Progress Report is a timely moment to take stock on the progress that has been made in establishing the AEC Taskforce as an effective vehicle forstakeholders to collaborate in identifying and developing projects that can help to better balance future development, attract investment and add real value to the economy of the West.”

This morning’s event outlined a new phase for the taskforce as it takes a project focused approach to delivering for the AEC region. The first of the projects announced today is the development of a hubs network across the region. The AEC Enterprise Hubs initiative will be a three-year project to create an interconnected community network from the 101 hubs identified which will be coordinated by the Western Development Commission (WDC). Speaking on the project the Minister said “The AEC Enterprise Hubs Network has the potential to deliver significant achievements under all three of the key pillars of the wider AEC Initiative; developing connectivity, promoting innovation and supporting the growth of a robust and diverse economy in the region. Working with the AEC officer network across all local authorities, the WDC has already established strong partnerships and collaborative relationships. We have now employed a new hubs development manager, Stephen Carolan who will help to co-ordinate the project alongside Allan Mulrooney, Head of Communications and AEC Development and the wider WDC team. We have organised two key stakeholder events taking place next week in Limerick and Sligo and we are encouraging all hubs managers and stakeholders to attend. This process will ensure the strategy developed supports the hubs and co-working spaces in every community along the AEC.”

Next week’s events will bring together key stakeholders including IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Grow Remote and all hubs managers from across the region to begin building a strategy. The focus of each event will include hubs infrastructure, business development, technology that will enable growth including an online booking system, promotion and marketing, funding, sustainability and remote working.

The events are open to the public and they can register on Eventbrite below.

  • Workshop 1. November 19th – Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick. Click HERE for tickets and more details.
  • Workshop 2. November 21st – Sligo Park Hotel, Co. Sligo. Click HERE for tickets and more details.

 

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For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact 

Allan Mulrooney, Head of Communications and Atlantic Economic Corridor Development

allanmulrooney@wdc.ie or +353 87 334 3713