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Press Statement - Launch of “Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth-Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012” Report

 

Press Statement

Launch of “Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth-Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012” Report

Kildare County Manager, Mr Michael Malone, supports the report ‘Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth-Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012’ which was published by the County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA). The report which was welcomed by Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr Phil Hogan TD, identifies over 2,300 separate actions/projects/activities undertaken by local authorities across the country in 2012 to contribute towards job creation and economic development.

The report includes a number of activities carried out by Kildare County Council in 2012 particularly this Council’s support for business and entrepreneurship, including the provision of a multi disciplinary/multi department roundtable response for technical evaluation of planned major projects and the development of an equine strategy in conjunction with the County Development Board. Development of IT infrastructure within our library service has seen the installation of a multi-media suite in 7 of our branch libraries, allowing this council to facilitate a range of e-training, e-learning courses in conjunction with SOLAS.

The County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) findings are based on research assessing the extent of existing local authority activities in support of enterprise, economic growth and employment. The report findings confirm the very important role all local authorities currently play in supporting enterprise, local development and economic growth throughout the country.

Mr Malone said “The results show the range of experience and unique capability of local authorities across the country to support local development. I am pleased that the report highlights the key role Kildare County Council plays in supporting enterprise and economic growth across the county. We will analyse the report in detail to identify best practice from the sector and opportunities to collaborate on projects. This report will also assist us in the preparation of a local action plan for jobs”.

The report also confirms the growing importance of local authorities fostering local innovation and entrepreneurship through a range of networking events, workshops and schemes that are tailored to suit local opportunities and circumstance.

As part of the Action Plan for Jobs, launched by Minister Hogan in September 2012, the County & City Enterprise Boards are being replaced by Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), to act as one-stop shops to deliver enterprise supports through the local government system. Kildare County Council is fully committed to continue working towards establishing the LEOs in the coming months.

Local authority input is essential across the full spectrum of actions outlined in the national “Action Plan for Jobs”. The Action Plan complements the broader government plan, and highlights the existing contribution by local authorities to jobs and enterprise. The research findings in this report conclusively demonstrates that local authorities collaborate on a daily basis with the business community and a network of national / local agencies, providing a key enabling role in a myriad of activities which ultimately yield valuable and significant job dividends

Mr Malone says “Kildare Council Council also offer a range of supports to businesses at a local level including supporting businesses by not increasing commercial rates in recent years and continuing the recent trend of freezing commercial rate charges this year. In addition, Kildare County Council is taking other actions to assist rate payers including working with businesses to agree flexible payment plans”.

The full national report and database of activities and outputs by each local authority can be found at http://www.lgma.ie/publications

Mayor of Kildare, Councillor Micheál “Spike Nolan, Mr Phil Hogan TD, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government and Mr Michael Malone, Kildare County Manager, at the launch of the “Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth-Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012” report.

ENDS

For more information contact olam@lgma.ie 01-6438400

5 June 2013

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