CCMA Report on Supporting Enterprise Local Development and Economic Growth 2012


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This report from the County & City Managers' Association (CCMA) highlights over 2,300 separate actions, projects and promotional activities undertaken by local authorities in 2012 to support job creation and economic development. These actions include organising and supporting festivals which bring tourism into our cities and towns (465 events); developing infrastructure (330 projects) to enable investment; supporting entrepreneurship through provision of financial incentives, facilities and training; and promotion of networking and marketing. The full database of activities associated with this report cna be found at www.lgma/publications

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CCMA Report on Supporting Enterprise Local Development and Economic Growth 2012

  1. 1. Supporting Enterprise,Local Developmentand Economic GrowthANALYSIS OF LOCAL AUTHORITYACTIVITIES FOR 2012
  2. 2. Table of ContentsSection One: Introduction ...................................................................................................................... 2 1.1 Local Government in Transition .................................................................................................... 2 1.2 Action Plan for Jobs ....................................................................................................................... 4 1.3 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) ...................................................................................................... 4 1.4 CCMA Research on Local Authorities Supporting Enterprise ........................................................ 5Section Two: Summary of Research....................................................................................................... 7 2.1 Research Results: Summary Description of Activities .................................................................. 7 2.2 General Findings ............................................................................................................................ 9 2.3 Links to National Jobs Plan .......................................................................................................... 10 2.4 Financial Incentives by Local Authorities .................................................................................... 11 2.5 Direct / Indirect support for business networking events .......................................................... 13 2.6 Promotion/Marketing of Local Areas .......................................................................................... 14 2.7 Provision of Recreation/Amenity Facilities ................................................................................. 15 2.8 Infrastructure and Enterprise ...................................................................................................... 15 2.9 Festivals/Events/Tourism, Heritage and Sporting Events ........................................................... 16 2.10 Collaborative Ventures .............................................................................................................. 16Section Three: Conclusion .................................................................................................................... 18 3.1 Local Diversity is Strength ........................................................................................................... 18 3.2 Recommendations: How should local authorities use this research? ........................................ 19Appendix 1: Selected Examples of Enterprise & Employment Supports .......................................... 20 Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 1
  3. 3. Section One: Introduction1.1 Local Government in TransitionLocal government today is a sector in transition. According to a recent review of the year in localgovernment, “2012 was notable both in terms of structural changes proposed and in terms of policydecisions on a range of reforms that will shape the local government landscape in the coming years”(Administration vol. 60, no. 4 (2013): 21). These include the decision to establish Irish Water,proposals outlined in Putting People First to enhance local government functions and reform itsstructures and a decision to introduce a Local Property Tax. The Sectoral Strategy1 on Enterprise andJobs envisages a broad, enhanced role for local government acting as a local “engine for growth”.2In examining how local government can contribute to enterprise and job creation in future, it isimportant to understand the very substantial role already played by local authorities in this area.Although their remit is narrow in an international context, Irish local authorities still retain quite broadpowers to positively influence their local community and to support enterprise and employmentinitiatives.Irish local government functions include:  a strong representative role; as a provider of local services;  acting as an agent of central government;  a role as a local regulator;3  Local authorities are also responsible for state capital investment in housing and water services, and for provision and improvement of local facilities, roads, urban / village enhancement schemes, and other infrastructure, including rural broadband.Local authorities retain functions essential for the promotion of economic development in a local area.Such functions include the physical planning remit to make towns and counties more attractive placesto live, work and invest; the capacity to directly invest in roads, water, recreation, enterprise, tourism,heritage and cultural assets. Importantly, local authorities can acquire land/property in order toperform any of their functions.4The functions of Local Authorities are also reflected in the nature of properties/lands held. Theserange from: social housing, housing regeneration projects, landfill and civic amenity sites, community1,30643,en.pdf.2 See for examples ofwhat local authorities do.3 Part 9 Chapter 1 of the Local Government Act 2001; Callanan and Keogan (2003): 9.4 See section 213 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 2
  4. 4. and leisure centres, fire stations, roads, civic offices, market buildings, multi-storey car parks, parksand open spaces, heritage sites and buildings, libraries, art galleries, enterprise incubation units, one-stop shops, town centre development, industrial and economic development, water and sewageinstallations, halting sites, bridges, river amenities, piers & harbours.In addition, under the Local Government Act, 2001, local authorities have a general power of“competence” to promote their local area as follows: “A Local authority may take such measures, engage in such activities or do such things in accordance with the law (including the incurring of expenditure) as it considers necessary or desirable to promote the interests of the local community” (Local Government Act, 2001).This is generally achieved through the development of economic strategies for local areas, includingbranding of towns and cities as part of tailored investment or tourism strategies. Local authoritiesgenerally acquire land/sites to facilitate urban renewal/development in accordance with the objectivesof statutory development plans. On an ongoing basis, the purchase and sale of land under Section 183of the Planning & Development Act is a significant part of a local authority’s statutory duty as aplanning and development authority. Local authorities can make strategic land investments in localcommunities e.g. site assembly for future town centre regeneration, or in order to positively influenceprivate sector investment.In 2001, the Twentieth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland provided Constitutional recognitionfor local government for the first time. According to Article 28 A: “The State recognises the role oflocal government in providing a forum for the democratic representation of local communities, inexercising and performing at local level powers and functions conferred by law and in promoting byits initiatives the interests of such communities.”Constitutional recognition offers a framework in which the functions and roles of local governmentcan be enhanced over time, in line with the needs of local communities. The central “place-making”5role, whereby local authorities are involved in planning local communities around the needs of citizenshelps to explain why they also have such an important role to play in enterprise and job creation.5For a good description of the local authority role in “place-making”, see presentation from Joe Crockett, Kilkenny CountyManager here: Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 3
  5. 5. 1.2 Action Plan for JobsThe Action Plan for Jobs 20126 set out over 270 separate actions with delivery spanning allGovernment Departments and involving a range of state and non-state actors. The Government hascommitted to updating its Action Plans for Jobs (ACJ) on an annual basis. Section 6.5 of the ActionPlan refers to local government’s role as follows: Develop a new sectoral strategy to promote employment, and support local enterprise by local government, to include measures in the area of business charges, local enterprise and business support arrangements, procurement support, local development and community based initiatives, the Green Economy and local government participation in employment support schemes. These measures will complement, and assist in the delivery at a local level, of other actions set out in this Action Plan.On 27 September 2012, the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, PhilHogan published a Sectoral Strategy on Jobs, Supporting Economic Recovery and Jobs – Locally.7The document complemented the broader government plan, and highlights the existing contribution bylocal authorities to jobs and enterprise.The Strategy further: - underpinned local government’s pro-active stance in supporting enterprise and economic development; - acknowledged that “the role of local government is fundamental to enterprise support and economic development at local level”; - highlighted the broad range of activities where local government actively drives the local economic agenda; and - concluded that: “local government support on the ground is critical to the success of initiatives ranging from support for FDI and micro-enterprises, to rural broadband or major investment in wind farms and the green economy...”1.3 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs)As part of the Action Plan for Jobs, the government also decided to replace County and CityEnterprise Boards (CEBs) with Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) which will act as “one stop shops” todeliver enterprise supports through the local government system. The CCMA welcome the decision ofthe Government in this regard and the CCMA are centrally involved in the implementation processand are committed to ensuring their establishment in 2013. In terms of local authority actions for this6 Link to national action plan for jobs:,31194,en.pdf Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 4
  6. 6. and following years, implementation of the Governments decision in 2012 to establish LEOs will be akey priority for all local authorities.1.4 CCMA research on Local Authorities Supporting EnterpriseIn support of the sectoral action plan in 2012, the CCMA published a report which identified over2,000 separate local activities in 2011 which had a positive impact on local development, economicrecovery and enterprise. The Report on 2011 activities was a first attempt to map the broad range ofenterprise supports delivered by local authorities and link them to the Action Plan for Jobs.8 TheReport was accompanied by a searchable database detailing actions at individual local authority level.The database gave a “snapshot” of the full range of enterprise activities carried out by the localgovernment sector at a given time.Under a renewed Action Plan for Jobs 2013, the CCMA is required to produce an update reviewing“actions/projects/activities undertaken by Local Authorities which can be seen to contribute to localdevelopment, enterprise support and economic growth...” (Action 226). 9 In line with this requirement,the CCMA has produced Local Authority Support for Enterprise & Economic Development, a Reporton Activities for 2012. This update report briefly reviews activity in local government during 2012based on new material submitted by each County and City Councils.The added value from this report is as follows: 1. The extent of local government’s role in this area is often undervalued and may not be fully understood by all stakeholders. The focus of the analysis is to link local authority actions to positive outcomes for businesses, employment and local communities. 2. The secondary purpose is to showcase the experience and unique capability of local authorities in the area of economic development. 3. The 2012 Report provides summary analysis of current levels of activity and enterprise and business supports provided by local authorities using the baseline data from each county / city council for 2012. The main output is the National Database which has been refreshed since last year, taking into account a range of positive actions identified by local authorities for the year 2012. 4. It is intended to publish and circulate the final formatted database for use by local authorities and to help share examples of innovation at local level. 5. Case studies cited in this report (Appendix 1) can help to inform Local Action Plans and to identify individual projects which can be replicated elsewhere or extended nationally.108 In this regard, it should be noted that a number of local authorities have already presented their completed templates to councillors orto senior management teams with positive feedback. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 5
  7. 7. 6. Each local authority is also asked to publish locally its individual “Template”, giving a “helicopter view” of some of the main actions taken in support of enterprise and economic development.Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 6
  8. 8. Section Two: Summary of Research2.1 Research Results: Summary Description of Activities  Responses were received from 34 County/City Councils ensuring a complete response within a tight timeframe;  Modifications/edits were made to individual responses before being incorporated into the database;  Costings are included where available; however, in some instances, this data is not available or was impossible to record;  In some instances, it is difficult to quantify outcomes delivered (for example where a particular tourism event has been supported or local authorities may not have statistics on total number of attendees etc.);  In spite of the limitations of the data as outlined above, nevertheless the information is useful as it links local authority investment and current activities to final outcomes. The information also provides an interesting snapshot of what each local authority actually does to support employment and business activity.Much the same approach to analysis has been taken in 2012 as in 2011. Collated responses were usedto develop a simple database giving a picture of activity levels and outputs throughout the sector. Byexamining the data, it is possible to map the broad spectrum of activities where local authority supporton the ground is essential to implementing the 2012 Action Plan for Jobs.The research identified 2,382 separate actions/projects/activities undertaken by local authorities in2012 which contribute to local development, enterprise support and economic growth. This is broadlyon a par with the findings from the 2011 survey. Table 1 below offers a high level summary ofcategories of activity reported. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 7
  9. 9. Table 1: Summary of Activities Undertaken by Local Authorities Description of Activity No. of Local Authority Actions Identified 1. Financial Support for festivals and events 465 2. Infrastructure Development 330 3. Provision of Recreation/Amenity Facilities 227 4. Economic Promotion including information dissemination 193 5. Financial Incentives by local authority 182 6. Creating an entrepreneurial environment 141 7. Enterprise Infrastructure 140 8. Establish Collaborative Structures focusing on economic development 128 16. Expenditure on Recreation/ Amenity Facilities 109 11. Service Enhancements/Integration within local authority 103 15. Policies 92 10. Creation of Networking Opportunities/Structures 86 13. Research and Innovation 71 14. Developing employment initiatives within community 62 12. Labour Activation Measures 53 Total 2,382 Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 8
  10. 10. Graph 1: Summary of Activities by CategoryTaken together, the responses represent a rich and diverse body of evidence highlighting the positiveand ongoing contribution by local authorities to the national recovery effort.2.2 General FindingsIt could be argued that the local authority role in promoting local or regional enterprise tends to beundervalued. This is because, as many supports provided by local authorities are indirect, it is oftendifficult to directly link the local authority role to positive outcomes such as jobs supported or jobssustained. However this research conclusively demonstrates that local authorities collaborate on adaily basis with the business community and a network of national / local agencies, providing a keyenabling role in a myriad of activities which ultimately yield valuable and significant job dividends.Local authority input is evident across the full spectrum of actions outlined in the national strategy.Indeed, the research strongly suggests that the role of local government is fundamental to enterprisesupport and economic development at a local level.Perhaps the most notable finding from the two years of this study is that local government activities tosupport enterprise span a much broader range of activities than previously acknowledged. It highlightsthe important role played by local authorities in the delivery of tourism, cultural and heritage assets,along with the delivery of priority infrastructure needed to underpin economic recovery. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 9
  11. 11. Graph 2: Employment and enterprise supports provided by local authorities2.3 Links to National Jobs PlanEach action in the database was then linked back to the national strategy (see National Database forspecific links). Graph 3 below links over 95% of actions taken by local authorities in 2012 to the 2012Action Plan for Jobs.Graph 3: Links between LA Actions in 2012 and the National Action Plan for Jobs (2012)Note: Derived from National Enterprise Support Database 2012. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 10
  12. 12. For example, roughly 20% of all actions relate to Tourism supports of some sort which fall underSection 7.8 of the National Action Plan for Jobs. Around 6.6% of all local authority actions relate to1.4, which refers to the need to deliver- on priority infrastructure to help businesses and develop agrowth strategy.2.4 Financial Incentives by Local AuthoritiesAs noted in the Sectoral Strategy of the Local Government Sector to Promote Employment andSupport Local Enterprise, “Local authorities have responded positively in recent years to requests toexercise restraint in setting commercial rates. In 2011, 68 local authorities froze their ARVs at 2011levels, and 19 reduced theirs.11 Overall, the average change of ARV from 2011 to 2012 shows adecrease of 0.31%.” Historically, the annual increase in the rateable multiplier (technically referred toas the Annual Rateable Valuation) was in excess of the rate of inflation. Between 1998 and 2008 theannual average change in the rateable valuation during this period was +5.2%. This historic trendcompares with a sharp decrease of -.5% between 2010 and 2012.Graph 4: Annual Average % Change in the Rate Multiplier1999 – 2012As Graph 5 below shows, local authorities have continued this trend of freezing / reducing commercialrates charges for the 2012 / 2013 period. Out of 34 County / City Councils, 8 local authorities reducedtheir rate multiplier for 2013 while the remainder of rates charges remained unchanged. This contrasts11 It should be noted that one local authority has increased its ARV and will continue to increase it until 2015, but this is atechnical adjustment and legal requirement following the extension of a town boundary. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 11
  13. 13. with the approach taken in some other jurisdictions where commercial rates generally increase by aminimum of the inflation rate.Graph 5: % Change in Rate Multiplier 2012 - 2013Additional measures recorded in the database confirm that all local authorities are being verypragmatic in trying to assist ratepayers.This is achieved through the following measures:  Freezing / reducing commercial water charges where appropriate, such that this represents a subsidy to business relative to the true cost of providing the service. All councils are working actively with local businesses to put payment plans into place with customers in arrears, and to make other flexible arrangements to pay monies owed. Measures taken by local authorities to assist businesses with debt management plans include the non-application of interest or financial penalties for late payment, or where payment plans are entered into. This assists ratepayers with cash flow and reduces the pressure that a single payment might bring. It should be noted that the widespread application of payment plans across the local authority sector effectively increases the cost of interest for local authorities and represents a subsidy for businesses.  Most Councils introduce reductions in car parking charges during peak holiday periods, where appropriate (e.g. provided that local research demonstrates the positive benefits of such measures, having regard to local traffic management policies, and environmental policies) to attract shoppers to town centres at Christmas, or other peak periods; Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 12
  14. 14.  Many local authorities are in the process of, or have already reviewed their development contribution schemes to reduce charges in order to stimulate new development in specific areas;  A number of local authorities have also introduced innovative new business incentive schemes to encourage start-up businesses in vacant properties, within current constraints;  Cork County / City Councils have ring-fenced 1% of commercial rates income to establish an Economic Development Fund which is used to support a number of strategic investments to the benefit of the County (further details are contained in the Database).2.5 Direct/Indirect support for business networking eventsThe database also confirms the growing importance of an emerging role local authorities are playingin fostering local innovation and entrepreneurship. Evidence in the database confirms that this is beingachieved in partnership with business partners such as Chambers Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, localuniversities, institutes of technology and enterprise boards etc.In spite of reduced funding from all sources, local authorities are continuing to provide direct / indirectsupport for business networking events, entrepreneurial support programmes and leadership and othertraining programmes that benefit SMEs and start-up companies. Although in most cases, the level offunding involved may be relatively modest; staff resources and local authority support often mean thatprojects can leverage other sources of national and European funding. All of this demonstrates thatlocal authorities are developing closer links with business groupings and that they will undoubtedlyplay a much broader role in enterprise support than initially envisaged in the Action Plan for Jobs.One positive example of an area where local authorities are providing expert assistance is in energymanagement. At national and local level, local authorities work in partnership with Sustainable EnergyAuthority of Ireland (SEAI) to champion energy efficiency initiatives. On the ground, local authoritiesare also working to encourage best practice in the business community. Table 3 below provides anumber of examples of how local authorities actively work with business partners to help them reducetheir energy and environmental costs. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 13
  15. 15. Table 3: Examples of local authority advice to business on energy cost reductionsLocal Authority DetailsCarlow County Council Carlow – carried out SEAI Better energy communities pilot 2012. Bagenalstown Better Energy Communities Pilot Project 2013 - Provided sustainable energy heating processes at 2 no. Schools, BEAM Care Centre, 10 local authority homes and McGrath Community Hall /local authority building – eliminating the use of fossil fuels and considerably reducing energy bills. New systems include geothermal, air/water heat pumping, solar energy, upgrading of insulation and installation of energy efficient lighting. Monitoring indicates that energy savings of not less than 50% have been achieved and with considerable quality improvements.Dublin City Council and Fingal The Greenway project – this is a collaborative project involving private sector companies,County Council a number of state / semi-state organisations and academic institutions with the aim of establishing a cleantech cluster in Dublin. Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council are involved in this collaborative venture. As part of this project, Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council are working with Glen Dimplex on designing intelligent home heaters using integrated smart controls which are being trialled in Fingal and Dublin City housing stock.Dublin City Council / CODEMA On a different scale, Dublin City Council’s Department of Planning and Economic Development is heading the Sustainable Energy Community project which is being managed by the Dublin energy agency, CODEMA. The SEC is a 5 year partnership between DCC and SEAI with the aim of co-ordinating energy projects and attracting financial support from national and European programmes. The SEC was established in 2012, and was a winner of the SEAI competition for exemplar sustainable energy communities. The additional “triple helix” members of the Steering Committee are Google, Siemens, TrinityHaus, Ballymun Regeneration, and DIT Grangegorman Campus.Kildare County Council The Council has entered into a strategic partnership with SEAI to promote a range of energy efficiency projects. This has allowed the Council to target significant energy efficiency savings in delivery of water services; knowledge gained will allow the local authority to champion energy efficiency at a local level.Meath County Council Used Sustainable business network to reduce energy costs for 20 local businesses 9 local businesses involved in the green energy sector given technical assistanceSouth Dublin County Council In 2012, in conjunction with the Council’s sign-up to the European Covenant of Mayors’ Protocol, the Council hosted a week long ‘Connect with Energy’ initiative, the purpose of which was to raise awareness of energy issues amongst homeowners and businesses. Under this initiative, the Council raises awareness of sustainability and reducing cost opportunities for business in energy costs. 18 energy workshops were carried out for public and business in addition to an energy exhibition. 168 members of the public registered for workshops. The Council is also investigating the development of a renewable energy ESCO (energy services company) to deliver power in Tallaght town centre and Grange Castle.2.6 Promotion/Marketing of Local AreasAnother key finding of the research is that local authorities devote significant resources and time to themarketing, promotion and branding of counties/cities, and of particular enterprises and tourismproducts within the local area. 193 of all actions identified relate to this category and demonstrate the Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 14
  16. 16. important role that local authorities play in cultivating and promoting local cultural and heritageproducts to the benefit of local business and employment.The 2012 data suggests that local authorities are increasingly targeting their investment in promotionalactivities to niche or growth markets in line with regional or local economic policies devised inpartnership with local stakeholders.2.7 Provision of Recreation/Amenity FacilitiesDuring 2012, local authorities provided support and constructed, or assisted in the planning of, over227 separate projects relating to a broad range of recreation and amenities facilities. These range fromsmall-scale tourism mapping projects to large scale development of heritage sites, theatres, museums,greenways and river walkways.Taken together, these findings are significant given that the 2012 national Action Plan for Jobsreferred to “over 200” tourist events supported at national level. In overall terms, the researchunderlines the important contribution made by local authorities in areas such as the national tourismstrategy.2.8 Infrastructure and EnterpriseLocal authorities are well placed to act as engines for growth by enhancing the attractiveness of townsand counties as to work, live and visit. Core local authority functions include planning anddevelopment and the provision of local infrastructure. In particular, the Development Plan is aframework which underpins economic growth and employment. In collaboration with nationalagencies, they set up business parks and incubation units; invest in streetscape and village renewalschemes, or support pop-up shops, shop front painting campaigns and local markets.This is confirmed in the economic templates which highlight the significant number ofinfrastructure/enterprise projects implemented by local authorities. Approximately 330 infrastructureprojects were supported in 2012, ensuring towns and counties have adequate water/sewerage capacity,road infrastructure, broadband and other supports to encourage future industry and employment.Similarly the database shows that during 2012, local authorities were involved in establishing orsupporting over 140 enterprise infrastructure projects, including enterprise centres and incubationspaces. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 15
  17. 17. 2.9 Festivals/Events/Tourism, Heritage and Sporting EventsAs with 2011, the survey once again confirms that local authorities are the prime local actorsdelivering most of the heritage, cultural, tourism, green enterprise and other supports at local level onbehalf of national bodies.In combination with the significant level of capital investment in arts, tourism, sports, recreation andcommunity infrastructure, all of this has a positive impact on employment supports and economicrecovery. An important finding from the research is the extent to which the local government sectorsupports and underpins many of the local tourism, heritage and cultural events that form the backboneof the Irish tourism industry.In 2012, the research identified 465 different festivals and events which are directly supported by localauthorities. These range from high profile events which have a major impact on the local economy tomuch smaller but important local activities which attract tourists, and sustain small businesses.2.10 Collaborative VenturesLocal authorities are key drivers of local research projects with universities, enterprise start-ups andnational bodies such as Enterprise Ireland. The database includes very real examples of collaborativeventures between local authorities and national / local partners to support community employment andenterprise, to provide financial supports to business, to carry out R&D and to promoteentrepreneurship. Some local authorities are offering space or direct funding to local Chambers, andworking with them on collaborative projects which are an extremely positive development.There is plenty of evidence of innovation and excellence in all local authorities. For example, somelocal authorities are developing excellent linkages with hi-growth economies, the agri-businesscommunity, and hi-tech companies. Local Authorities with limited resources are linking on cross-border basis to develop solutions. In a number of cases, local authorities are looking to develop hot-desking capacity in rural areas or commuter counties in order to create an entrepreneurialenvironment. At the same time, the promotion of pop-up shops in local towns is now commonplacehaving originally been championed by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Another strategybeing adopted by many local authorities is that they are making small investments in websites, “apps”and other technology solutions that are designed to drive innovation, promote cities / counties or helpstart-ups at local level. Dublin City’s wayfinding app is designed to promote tourism in the city whilethe Dublin Wi-Fi funding model is a good example of how new services can be introduced at minimalcost to the local authority through collaboration with the private sector. Adoption of the mapalertercommunications tool by 5 local authorities is an extremely positive indication that local authorities arealive to using new technologies while also improving how they interact and communicate with citizensand the business community. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 16
  18. 18. There is also impressive emerging evidence of high level collaboration between local authorities,private entrepreneurs, and academic institutions, Enterprise Ireland, Failte Ireland and ChambersIreland to develop enterprise hubs, incubation spaces and new R&D space. The Creative Alliance inDublin operates at a very high level, but such collaborative work is happening in a very real way inother locations – i.e. Kilkenny County Council working with the Waterford Institute of Technology,Cork working with the CIT and UCC, Kildare working closely with Maynooth, Donegal with LKITand Donegal, Mayo and Galway with GMIT amongst others. Amongst the most impressive examplesof this are where Fingal / Dublin are working to test-bed new technology for Glen Dimplex, or whereCork County Council is working with the Rubicon centre to set up a new Mallow campus which canuse the town as a “test bed” for new technology solutions.12 Mallow was chosen as the test-bedfollowing its decision last September to position itself at the cutting edge of the smart economy as partof collaboration between Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Mallow Development Partnership andlocal town council. 13It would be impossible to adequately capture the full range of activities and projects undertaken in2012 in this research report. However, Appendix 1 offers a “flavour” of some actions taken by eachlocal authority in support of enterprise and employment.12 Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 17
  19. 19. Section Three: ConclusionThe research carried out by the CCMA sought to link actions taken by local authorities in support ofenterprise and employment to the National Jobs Strategy. Individually and collective, the EconomicTemplates offer a useful “helicopter view” for policy makers and help to identify actions that need tobe prioritised, gaps that need to be filled, or actions that can potentially be replicated elsewhere orsupported at national level.The CCMA’s research confirms the vast majority of actions flowing from the National ActionPlan for Jobs can be linked to specific investments by local authorities on the ground. Analysisof the 2012 National Database which accompanies this report confirms that that the exemplarsof what “works on the ground”, works well precisely because these projects are designed withlocal strengths and assets in mind.Whether it relates to tourism and branding packages, village enhancement schemes, labour activationprojects, investments in art, culture and heritage, or collaborative R&D projects, the exemplars ofgood practice tend to retain strong roots in their local community. Some of most innovative examplesof local authority action are ideas that have been specifically tailored to match the needs or strengthsof a local area. Examples extracted from the research are presented in Appendix 1 which shows thatlocal authorities are good at identifying local strengths (i.e.tourism/cultural/heritage/agriculture/IT/third level research) and “plugging in” to national strategies.The most effective local strategies take into account factors that are unique to that area and thereforegive it a competitive advantage. These include factors such as geography, demography, employmenttradition, and links to colleges, local heritage, recreation and economic assets. This is precisely whylocal authorities, with their local expertise and capacity, are perfectly placed to support the ActionPlan for Jobs by ensuring that actions are tailored to suit particular localities.3.1 Local Diversity is StrengthThe research points to the benefits of an inter-agency approach when devising enterprise supports incontrast to a one-size fits all approach which is not always effective. A collaborative inter-agencyapproach takes account of the interests of towns and cities, and involves all of the relevantgovernment, commercial and community actors, as this will foster innovative and appropriateresponses at local level. Therefore, it is important to allow for flexibility at local level so that nationalstrategies can be tailored to fit local strengths in areas such as tourism, marketing and enterprise. Asour evidence suggest, this will allow local authorities to “plug in” to activate elements of the NationalJobs Plan more easily. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 18
  20. 20. 3.2 Recommendations: How should local authorities use this research?Based on our analysis and discussions with key stakeholders, the CCMA recommends the following“next steps” to local authorities:1. Each Director of Community and Enterprise is to review their completed Economic Template and use it to brief elected members on positive actions being taken by their local authority to support enterprise and jobs. It is essential to communicate such positive messages to elected members and to the public to emphasise that local authorities are working hard to drive the local enterprise agenda, and in turn improve and sustain jobs and improve local communities.2. Each local authority is to review the National Database to identify areas where good practice can be replicated, or where there is further potential for collaboration.3. Having taken account of the 2013 updated National Action Plan, it is essential that each local authority drafts a Local Action Plan by Q3 2013 which prioritises future action. A simple Template will be developed by the CCMA to help achieve this. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 19
  21. 21. Appendix 1: Selected Examples of Enterprise & Employment SupportsLocal Authority ExampleCarlow CC Carlow Tourism Marketing Campaign with Kathryn Thomas on national radio supported by Carlow LAsCarlow CC Carlow Community Enterprise Centre - a partnership between the community and state bodies, incorporating 24 units supporting start-ups and training. Carlow Local Authorities have invested significant staff-time into the management and operation of this centre.Carlow CC Pop up Shop Initiative: This initiative promoted 13 Pop-Up Shops in Carlow Town with the establishment of one on a long-term basis. Total cost of initiative approximately €20,000 in 2012 with €18,000 provided by the Council. This initiative will continue in 2013.Carlow CC FUSE (Joint initiative - staff time): An entrepreneurial alliance which aims to ignite growth among businesses in the South East. Carlow hosted the regional meeting for this group in VISUAL on 11th June, 2012.Cavan CC This is Cavan! Development of a Cavan Brand to build on the positive experiences of Cavan by visitors during the fleadhs 2010-2012.Cavan CC This is the Taste of Cavan Food Promotion: One day Food event to promote the food product in Cavan, attended by Multinational buyers and 7,000 members of the public. Funded through €5,000 from Cavan CEB, €1,800 from sponsorship, €12,322 from stands. As a result of the event, 5 producers were in direct negotiations with Musgraves.Cavan CC Castlesaunderson Scouting Project: Collaborative Venture with Scouting Ireland: Purchase of 100 acre Castle Saunderson Estate and developing 1,000 person all Ireland permanent jamboree site with 64 person 5* hostel. Total cost of project is approximately €5m, with Cavan CC providing 20% of the funding. The site is expected to generate 16,000 bed nights by 2017 with obvious economic, employment and other spin-off benefits to the local community.Cavan CC Extension to Market House, Blacklion for Geo Park: Cavan County Council has invested significant resources (financial / staff time) into the development of the GeoPark as a leading national and international heritage attraction. Geopark sites are required to be of a very high standard in order to maintain the UNESCO Geopark accreditation. By being of a high standard, the sites are visited by an increasing number of people, up to 160,000 in 2012, including 14000 schoolchildren. The site has significant potential to grow into one of Ireland’s leading tourist attractions. The development of an interpretive site for the Geopark and Tourism information site in the village of Blacklion is part of a longer- term plan to develop a high quality tourism product. It has involved part-funding from Cavan County Council, (including contribution of the site) along with INTERREG funding.Clare CC Ennis Innovate - Regional Innovation Centre: This centre is a collaborative venture between NUI Galway, the University of Limerick, Shannon Development, Enterprise Ireland, the Clare County Enterprise Board and the Clare Local Development Company. It provides support to start-up companies and guides companies through the start-up process, and provides introductions and linkages to the relevant support bodies and processes, as they progress from business idea stage to commercialisation – Ultimately, the centre improves the start-ups chances of success.Clare CC / Limerick Clare County Council jointly funds the Limerick/Clare Energy Agency (LCEA) and work towards theCC implementation of the Integrated Strategy for Energy & Climate Change. The total cost is approximately €135k per annum with Clare CC providing €90k. The LCEA assists businesses to reduce costs through greater efficiencies, reduced energy consumption and greater use of renewable energy sources. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 20
  22. 22. Local Authority ExampleClare CC / Galway Lough Derg Marketing Group: This is a collaborative project between Clare County Council, Galway CountyCC/ North Tipperary Council, North Tipperary County Council, Leader Companies in these Counties, Shannon Development,CC Failte Ireland, Waterways Ireland and the Tourism Trade. The ongoing work is geared towards the development of Lough Derg as a successful tourism destination. Key issues being addressed include community development, development of a Draft Signage Plan, Destination Development Plan and up skilling and awareness-raising of local tourism product around the Lough by tourism providers. It also involves using information from heritage audits undertaken in 2010 and 2011 to develop a brochure, iphone app and podcast.Clare CC Ennis Heritage through IT : This project, in conjunction with the Heritage Council, involves the development of an “App” to highlight the heritage of Ennis Town.Cork CC/Cork City CorkMEET event 2012 (International event): Cork City Council is working with Cork County Council and Cork City and County Enterprise Boards to organise this major business networking event again in 2013. CorkMEET uses unique business-to-business matchmaking software to arrange up to ten 30 minute meetings for each company participating. This multi-sectoral event is taking place in early April 2013 and has in the past facilitated over 1,500 B2B meetings. CorkMEET has now grown to be one of Ireland’s premier business gatherings. CC / Cork City CORK INNOVATES entrepreneurship committee is jointly funded by Cork County and City Councils. This Committee brings together all the key players in the entrepreneurship field including County council, City Council, CEBs, EI, UCC, CIT, Cork BIC, entrepreneurs with a proven track record, SWRA, and the Chamber of Commerce. The aim is to map a strategic way forward for the Cork Region and to provide assistance to the entrepreneur by pulling together all the help available from the various agencies. The highlight of 2012 was the Cork Innovates showcase which drew 1,200 people to City Hall for a day long series of talks, with the agencies and financial institutions on hand to answer any queries. A website has been established as a one stop shop on entrepreneurship in Cork. A full time coordinator has been hired to drive the process.Cork CC/Cork City ENERGY CORK Group funded by Cork County and City Councils: This group targets the potential offered by the Energy sector for Cork. Already a major player in terms of national power generation, use, refining, storage etc., it seeks to build an alliance of public and private sector expertise to build on what Cork already has, which has huge potential for employment creation and economic activity. The activities were launched by Minister Rabbitte and already all major stakeholder are on Board. A full time project manager has been hired to drive the process with the intention that the initiative will be self-financing within two years.Cork CC E Centre Development: One of the most exciting initiatives under Cork’s Economic Development Fund is the development, with local community and business groups, of E-Centres in towns and villages across Cork. Cork County has already provided such centres in Bantry, Fermoy and Macroom. The model into the future is to develop centres with local groups by utilizing existing vacant spaces in local towns. The local groups endeavour to obtain a suitable building at zero rent. The Council, in conjunction with local development agencies, then adapt and fit out the building for use as an E Centre. The main benefit to the occupants is the access to the local business support network, and being able to avail of peer supports of other centre occupants. It also unites and empowers the local community to deliver on the ground for their own community. Two community based models have opened to date in Charleville and Millstreet with a pipeline of further centres progressing well. It is envisaged that the e-centre will result in direct jobs, and facilitates entrepreneurs starting their own businesses by providing e-working and “hot desking” facilities at low cost in the community. It also provides a focal point in the town for the community to drive employment initiatives. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 21
  23. 23. Local Authority ExampleCork CC Macroom E Smile Project: A project which matches one companys waste material with anothers raw material. This can involve packaging, by-products etc. and it has proved outstandingly successful with awards etc being won and its roll out throughout the country. This is funded by Cork County Council and is a joint venture with the CEBs and Macroom E.Cork CC Economic Development Fund: Capital funding to companies that show a capacity to create and grow employment and economic activity, This funding is allocated to companies who cannot for a variety of reasons obtain it from the existing development agencies. There is a collaborative and integrated application process with the CEBs and Leader groups who take applications, assess the proposals and only forward to the Council if they cannot fund themselves and consider the proposal viable and not contrary to competition laws. Thus the applicant has a streamlined and integrated application process with no duplication.Cork CC Joint initiative with Nimbus centre CIT, Mallow Town Council and Mallow Development Partnership. Aim is to create a real life test bed in Mallow for a stream of products which have and will be Laboratory tested in CIT. This will lead to an enhanced testing infrastructure and environment in Mallow which it is planned will lead to products from other third level institutions and companies being tested there.Cork City Irish Technology Leadership Group preparatory work: Working with Cork Chamber, UCC and CIT, the City Council worked with the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) to plan the Silicon Valley Summit in Cork in January 2013. Promote Cork as a global tech hub and a location for FDICork City Co-finance feasibility study for Tier 1 broadband: Make business case for new interconnector essential to sustaining existing and attracting new companiesCork City Preparatory work to establish an enterprise centre, in conjunction with Cork Institute of Technology’s Rubicon Centre, to house small high-tech businesses. This will promote the city centre as a location for small, high-tech companies. It will also allow support companies to move out of incubation space at the Rubicon, freeing up space for new start-ups.Cork City Promoting Cork in Asia: 2012 activities including production of a brochure outlining tax incentives for investing in Cork, receiving over 30 delegations representing Chinese companies and public authorities, support for development of a Confucius Institute Building and Chinese Garden in Cork. Working with UCC, CIT, Cork Chamber and Failte Ireland South West; formal relationships with Shanghai, Hangzhou and Wuxi; Office opened in Shanghai; establishing contacts for local businesses in China; Promoting Cork as a tourist destination and for learning English; working with local schools to make pupils aware of the growth of Asia and improve language/cultural skillsDonegal CC Donegal County Council is working with key stakeholders on the Killybegs Jobs Initiative, which targets the creation of 250 jobs across sectors such as tourism, renewable energies, cargo services and offshore energy exploration by 2014. In a joint venture with the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, a wind training facility has been set up in Killybegs. So far 32 wind turbine technicians have been fully trained with a cohort of 16 being trained at present.Donegal CC Donegal Diaspora project ( is a strategic initiative undertaken by Donegal County Council. This initiative is developing international networks for the promotion of the county across all sectors (e.g. inward investment, enterprise and skills development, tourism, promotion of Donegal goods and services). The Council promotes this initiative e.g. through the Annual Golden Bridges Event and through the annual Tip ONeill Irish Diaspora Award. It has a website and an ezine which goes to 30,000 people worldwide, six times a year.Donegal CC Donegal County Council is leading out on the development of strategic tourism products in the county (e.g. Sliabh Liag €4.5mn, Inch levels €1.2mn, Malin Head €500k) It also leads Donegal Tourism Limited, a collaborative marketing platform which has developed a website and delivers a comprehensive tourism marketing programme. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 22
  24. 24. Local Authority ExampleDonegal CC Donegal County Council is leading out on key enterprise support programmes (e.g. Business Bootcamp entrepreneurship programme 16-34 yr. olds; REN-NET renewable energies programme which develops the capacity of business to avail of opportunities in the Green Economy). The Council has invested €600k in the provision of enterprise space at locations including Donegal Town and Ballybofey and has taken ownership of Donegal Craft village, undertaking refurbishment of the centre and proactively marketing / promotion on behalf of local businesses.Dublin CC / Fingal CC The Green Way: The Green Way is a collaborative ‘triple helix’ cluster established by industry, academic institutions and public/semi-state players in the Dublin region, with a vision to create jobs and unlock trade opportunities, through activation and development of an internationally recognised Cleantech cluster. The 6 principals are DCU, DIT, DAA, Ballymun regeneration, North Dublin Chamber and DCC The Green Way aims to support the transformation of the Irish economy into a sustainable green economy. It will do this through - Support for existing green economy companies and eco-innovation in the region; foster and accelerate new job creation in green economy start-ups; facilitate multinational corporations capable of bringing transformative green economy jobs and investment to the region.Dublin CC Report Thomas Street – Improving the Public Face of an Historic City Centre Street was commissioned by Dublin City Council and completed by the Dublin Civic Trust. The report includes substantial regeneration proposals for historic Thomas Street in the centre of Dublin’s Liberties. Puts forward a vision for the future of the historic thoroughfare in Dublin 8, which has suffered from urban blight, dereliction and vacancy, including during the recent economic boom period. The study highlights Thomas Street’s historic building stock as one of its principal assets, while underlining the importance of its retention and restoration as part of a drive to improve the appearance of the street and its architectural character. It also promotes the consolidation and branding of local indigenous businesses, and the development of visitor attractions, an improved public realm and on-street public information to capitalise on the considerable tourist potential of the district.Dublin CC Green IFSC: The Green IFSC (GIFSC) is coordinating, facilitating and accelerating the positioning of Dublin as a world-class centre for green finance and enterprise. This includes the development of green finance and asset management skills; influencing policy and regulation; and creating a greener environment within which to do business. The combination of these approaches will put the IFSC in a leadership position in the world of green financeDublin CC “Walk Dublin” – New Wayfinding Application launches: The app is an initiative of Dublin City Council and has been developed to compliment the wayfinding system that was successfully introduced throughout the city in 2011. Point The Way GPS Ltd, on behalf of Dublin City Council, worked closely with the National Council for the Blind of Ireland in developing the accessibility features of the app for the visually impaired. The App has been developed by Point The Way GPS Ltd for iphone and is free to download from the Apple App store. This facility compliments the recently installed wayfinding and signage scheme that has been erected around the city. The function of the wayfinding app is to assist people in successfully navigating their way around the city and to obtain information about the key cultural and institutional attractions in the city. The app provides for one hundred points of interest ranging from the smaller cultural destinations to the city’s national cultural destinationsDublin CC Dublin Tall Ships Race: Four day free family festival with over 40 ships over the four day event with a music stage, water sports, family fun and entertainment, arts and crafts, exhibitions and workshops, literary trails and food theatre. Over 1.25 million attended the event in 2012, with a positive local economic impact of €13.245 million; a national economic impact estimated at €12,477 million. Local Dublin spend involved was in the order of €8.610 million. In addition, the Tall Ships race brought with it added PR value to the City worth over €12 million. . It is estimated that the festival was linked to 50,000 commercial bed nights, valued at €2.13 million. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 23
  25. 25. Local Authority ExampleDun Laoghaire The Dun Laoghaire Business Promotion Fund was established in 2010 to annually grant aid - on a basis ofRathdown CC 50/50 matched funding – to those recognised business organisations (e.g. traders associations) in each local electoral area, on foot of proposals to organise events / promotions to increase footfall. In 2012 as an additional measure for business, the grant aid ratio was changed by Council to 3:1, i.e. 75% contribution by Council to successful projects. This initiative generates and sustains business activity by delivering tangible outputs such as increased footfall. Encourages firms to work collectively to promote and sustain business in their area. Encourages business to work with the Council and other agencies. Grant aid included provision for organising local festivals, physical improvements in the business areas, websites and video information, advertising, tourism promotion.Dun Laoghaire The Marketing of Dún Laoghaire Town - BRAND Project. This is a 3-year EU funded project to develop theRathdown CC placebrand for Dún Laoghaire Town. Placebranding activities that included promoting town through town website, town Facebook page, Youtube. Other outputs include production of a film A Day in the Life of Dun Laoghaire and events such as visit of the Tara Expedition to Dun Laoghaire Harbour and the Christmas Market . The impact is that a good level of co-operation now exist between stakeholders such as the business organisation, the Council and the shopping centres in the town to generate positive communication about the town.Dun Laoghaire Outdoor Tourism Project - A three year project involving 3 Welsh and 3 Irish partners to develop theRathdown CC outdoor adventure sector in Snowdonia and the North Wales coast, Dublin Bay and the Barrow Valley. The Council organised a number of taster sessions in the County to raise awareness of the value of outdoor tourism. Produced a tender for the study of the marketing potential of the areas for outdooor tourism. Managed the contract with Blue Sail consultants who produced a comprehensive report on the type of outdoor tourism activities suitable for specific market segments that will deliver the biggest growth potential.Dun Laoghaire The Pop-up Shop Initiative achieved its objectives of converting vacant retail space into an attraction;Rathdown CC getting positive publicity for the town; and providing space and opportunity for craft businesses and nascent retailers to "step-up" to a full retail experience. A total of 51 small businesses and/or co- ops/community organisations had tenancy in the pop-up shops in 2012 (13% increase on 2011).Fingal CC Ongoing management and upkeep of Damastown Industrial Estate and the Cappogue, Stephenstown, Coolmine, College Business Park lands.The upkeep of the Councils Industrial Estates and Lands supporting existing companies and attracting new companies to an enhanced environment.Fingal CC Lanistown, Turvey: 40 hectares of Industrial land on the R132 within 1 kilometre of the M1 at Lissenhall available for disposal to companies investing in Fingal. TESCO operating major logistics centre.Fingal CC Commercial Rates (ARV) reduced by 2%: Reduction in rates gives financial savings for businesses which has a positive impact on retail trade and the business sector in general. In relation to ratepayers they have 5,811 active accounts. 2,067 of these accounts are paid by direct debit (35.33%) and are on payment plans spread across the year. These result in a reduced income stream for the Council over the period involved. In addition payment plans are agreed where necessary with individual customers. However, reduced pressure on local businesses and financial savings for businesses has a positive impact on retail trade and likely impact on continued employment by the sector.Fingal CC Malahide Castle & Demesne: This project involved substantial investment by Fingal County Council in conjunction with Failte Ireland. Opened in October 2012, it supports 110 jobs in the on-site cafe run by Avoca and an additional 20 jobs with Shannon Heritage who are responsible for the running of the tourism facilities, including ticket sales, retail sales and visitor guiding. It is anticipated that in excess of 100,000 people will visit the Castle & gardens in 2013 generating a significant positive knock-on effects for businesses in Malahide village. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 24
  26. 26. Local Authority ExampleGalway City/ Galway Meet West business networking conference : Year 2 of Meet West supported 300 businesses to attend a 2CC/ Roscommon CC/ day business networking event, organised by regional local authorities & enterprise boards.Mayo CCGalway City - Production of quality promotional video & website for the city to support trade visits/IDA showcases etc. to attract overseas investment.Galway City Industrial & Commercial Facilities: Management & Maintenance of 2 Industrial/Incubation Centres. This includes the provision of start up industrial space. 25 Units in 2 locations from 250-2500 sq foot.Galway City St. Nicholass Market: This outdoor market scheme comprises of 40 stalls at weekends and is a major tourist attraction in the city.Galway CC Provision of Energy Management Advisory Services: 4 businesses in Tuam were provided with detailed energy reportsGalway CC Providing direct grant aid of €44,000 to Food Festivals/ Sports Events/ community FestivalsGalway CC Support in delivery of programme for unemployed to participate in customised outreach degree programme provided by Equal Ireland in Tuam/ Ballinasloe. “Kickstart to Fitness” : Galway County Council organised a 12 week physical activity programme, “Kick Start to Fitness” for unemployed men in 5 centres in Galway, Athenry, Loughrea and Gort.Galway CC Campaign to increase awareness of Local Produce through the Made in Galway Initiative and encouragement of consumers to purchase locally produced goods and services involving a website, overseas events and participation in trade fairsKerry CC Funding of €40,000 for the Tralee Chamber Group. Tralee Town Council have recently funded this new Chamber for the enhanced revision of business and tourism facilities in the town of Tralee. The Town Clerk and Town Manager are also members of the committee. Killarney Town Council provides annual funding to for the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce to the tune of €50,000 for marketing promotion and development activities of the Chamber of Commerce and is actively involved in many of its projects.Kerry CC Innovatekerry - a collaboration with the third level college and the enterprise agencies. Enhances networking across agency size. Putting a collaborative focus on innovation to encourage innovate idea from a broad cohort.Kerry CC Development of Tralee Technology Park. Kerry County Council and Tralee Town Council have contributed significantly through having the Director of Planning and the Town Manager on the Board of the Tralee Technology Park and have also facilitated with road, waste water and water infrastructure in developing this park which so far has attracted many start up companies. The park has the distinction of having four of the Ernst & Young entrepreneurs of the year involved in companies at the location.Kerry CC Submission to Next Generation Broadband. Kerry County Council is actively pursuing enhanced broadband facilities for Co. Kerry and recently made a submission to the Next Generation Broadband to try and improve access for business and tourismKildare CC County Development Board: Equine strategy developed for Kildare County.Kildare CC Targeted infrastructure projects to facilitate future economic development. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 25
  27. 27. Local Authority ExampleKildare CC Provision of a multi disciplinary /multi department roundtable response for technical evaluation of planned major projects.Kildare CC Installation of multi-media suites in 7 branch libraries – allows Council to facilitate range of e-training, e- learning courses in conjunction with SOLAS.Kilkenny CC Establishment of a high level AgriFood Group to progress the county under Harvest 2020 - sales and marketing initiative and environmental agendas. On the Agrifood agenda, Further to the Harvest 2020 strategy, a high level food group was established with representatives from the sector including Glanbia, Dawn Meats, Brett Brothers, Connolly Red Mills, Oldtown Bakeries and Leader. This group has been developing four areas, namely expansion of the milk supply post 2015, food sustainability, improved routes to market for S.M.E’s and exploring the development of food excellence. A technical working group was established with representatives of Teagasc, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Dept. of Agriculture, the Dept. of the Environment, Community and Local Government, the River Basin Catchment Management Team and the Council to examine environmental management issues. This group liaised at a national level with Dept. of Agriculture and River Catchment Management, with Kilkenny was designated a pilot programme. Important development of Kilkenny for artisan food production and for ahead of the curve environmental infrastructure under harvest 2020Kilkenny CC Burrells Hall Research and Innovation Centre at St. Kierans campus in Kilkenny. At the launch of Invest Kilkenny, the establishment of the TSSG Research and Innovation Centre was announced. The centre which was officially opened by an Taoiseach Enda Kenny puts a focus on next generation internet services and develop relationships with existing companies in Kilkenny and the South east region, is a joint venture between the Kilkenny Local Authorities and W.I.T/Telecommunication Software and Systems Group (T.S.S.G) is being rolled out by the research team in 2012. The new research centre marked the continued growth of WIT’s highly successful TSSG group and greatly enhanced the academic profile of Kilkenny, consolidating the county’s value offering as a centre of innovation and creativity. To date almost €1m worth of business has been generated in the centre.Kilkenny CC River Nore Linear Walk: New riverside Boardwalk opened in 2012, new outdoor exercise equipment installed. Positive enhancements of public realm increases and generates repeat footfall/tourism/retail spending. Outdoor "free" activities add value to the tourism offer, sustaining jobs in the tourism sector.Kilkenny CC Medieval Mile Tourism initiative: Tourism development continues to be at the core of the economic agenda in Kilkenny and the economic development unit engaged with tourism stakeholders as an economic partner and providing IT and administrative staff to support Kilkenny Tourism initiatives. In October, a €5.5 million investment in a new “Medieval Mile” tourism project for Kilkenny was announced. The “Medieval Mile” will stretch from Kilkenny Castle to St Canice’s Cathedral and will position the historic city as a “must see” destination for overseas visitors to Ireland. This Medieval Mile Project was announced as part of the Invest Kilkenny programme aimed at promoting Kilkenny as a great place to do business. The business support unit directly supported the Gathering Initiative organising community briefings and engaging with the public to create 45 gatherings to date, including three flagship initiatives supported by IPB Insurance. These Gatherings partnering with Failte Ireland, the Gathering Ireland and local communities, will drive overseas visitors to Kilkenny and create legacy events for future economic growth. Developing stretch into a world class tourism experience enhancing product offering to tourism/retail/investment.Laois CC Council facilitated Full Time Tourism Office in Portlaoise. Capital Upgrade costs borne by Laois County Council. Supports the critical contribution of Tourism to economic development. Tourism Office overheads are covered. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 26
  28. 28. Local Authority ExampleLaois CC Portlaoise and Portarlington Enterprise Centres: loan repayments have been deferred. To support the critical economic development role of the Enterprise Centre.Laois CC A Business Network Event was hosted and organised by Laois County Council, in June 2012. Representatives from 84 local businesses attended and topics presented included ‘Energy and Water Management for Business’, ‘Energy Management in Practice’, the ’Connect Ireland Initiative’ as well as ‘Economic Development Initiatives in Laois’. It is planned to host this event, which both informs and provide an opportunity for networking, on an annual basis.Laois CC Laois Open for Business brochure developed and printed 2012Leitrim CC Community Soccer Programme: Working through Community Soccer Programme to attract young men in particular with literacy difficulties through soccer programme. Increasing the skills base in order to improve job readinessLeitrim CC Support for a range of initiatives designed to promote business including: Leitrim - One Call to Success, Training and Education Expo, Self-Employed Forum, Carrick on Shannon 2020 Vision ReportLeitrim CC Leitrim County Council has developed a local Jobs Action Plan which is due to be passed by Council.Leitrim CC Support for the Creative Sector: Trade Programme to promote international mobility and awareness of Leitrim artists, Leitrim Equation project to promote professional development of traditional musicians, marketing of Leitrim based artists, SPARK programme which develops new opportunities to develop creativity for artists to work with conventional business and service sector.Limerick City Fashion Quarter enhancements & signage: Promoting city centre retailLimerick City Leasing of land / property to community groups at peppercorn rent / free: Enables community centres, sports & play facilities and enterprise incubation.Limerick City Retail Incentive Scheme: Grants to new businesses, attract industry to core retail areaLimerick City LA sponsored wi-fi hotspots at a cost of €10,000 in order to foster a digital city.Limerick CC Project partner in a 3-year EU funded project examining the potential for farm biogas facilities in the county. The council is a partner in an EU project, called GERONIMO II, that is examining the potential for biogas facilities to be developed on County Limerick dairy and pig farms. Supported farmers to develop biogas project proposals & research undertaken with University of Limerick into local sustainable energy generation.Limerick CC Flexible Payment methods - variety of payment methods now accepted for all our customers - cash offices, postal service, An post bill pay cards and have just gone live with on line payments for both rates and water customers. Ensues that businesses are supported with an ease of payment method - the addition of on line facilities will aid businesses to make payments even outside of business hours.Limerick CC Great Southern Trail Cycleway - part of the national Cycle Network and tourism amenityLimerick CC Refurbishment and retrofitting of 224 council houses to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty. Approx. 6 companies with 50 - 60 contractors employedLongford CC Link with Chamber, CEB and council to develop economic strategy: DCU Research assist. Develop Longford Business Strategy. Working on Economic strategy in co-operation with Local and National bodies facilitated by DCU. Special Meeting of Town and County Council on Economic Development/job creation in April 2013. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 27
  29. 29. Local Authority ExampleLongford CC St Mels Cathedral Restoration ProjectLongford CC Local Authority/Waterways Irl/ County Tourism to Develop canal walkLongford CC Hosted a Chinese delegation in Longford to promote Longford as a business locationLouth CC A number of Council-led projects, including the newly developed Athletics track in Drogheda, which opened in December 2012, are availing of the Tús Employment SchemeLouth CC The Louth Economic Forum, a multi sector stakeholder group which meets under aegis of the CDB has continued its work during 2012. Major milestones during 2012 include public of an Action Plan on Education & Training and a Review of the work of the Economic Forum to date, undertaken by Pat Mc Cloughan ConsultingLouth CC The construction of the new Drogheda Enterprise Centre commenced in late 2012: This will be a new community enterprise centre looking at high tech start-up, the food sector but also providing a home for community projects such as CoderDoJo, computer training for young people already underway in Drogheda.Louth CC Creative Spark Enterprise Centre Dundalk: Construction of new enterprise centre aimed primarily at business in the creative arts. This is a new enterprise centre established on the edge of one of the most deprived areas in Dundalk. In additional to providing space for new enterprises, the centre aims to work closely with the local community. It will run events and workshops for community, schools etc., to stimulate entrepreneurship, again with some emphasis on the creative arts area. The Project is managed by a company which is under the County Enterprise BoardMayo CC Goal to Work Sports Coaching Training Programme for Jobseekers(14 weeks 2 days each week): Since completion of this successful programme out of 13 participants . 2 have taken up internships with NGBs, 3 have gone on to take up further sports education training such as the Sporting Chance programme from the National learning Network and 3 have continued on in placements with Primary Schools and Community Sports Co-ordinators.Mayo CC Mayo Ideas Lab: The Mayo Ideas Lab takes a cross-sectoral approach and works with the education, community and arts sectors as well as the industrial and enterprise sectors. This approach encourages cross-fertilization of ideas, and results in innovative projects for the county.Mayo CC Mayo Science and Technology Festival: The Festival is run in conjunction with the GMIT to promote interest and take-up in science subjects among Mayo students which will help to deliver more technology start up companies in Mayo in the future. In 2012 3000 people participated thus generating additional economic benefit on the event day.Mayo CC Great Western Greenway including Recreational Park: Substantial investment by Mayo County Council in development of major tourist infrastructure. The Greenway has helped to create a total of 38 new full time jobs and a further 56 full time jobs have been sustained.Meath CC Meath County Council is working in partnership with the Irish Archaeological Field School to develop initiatives and promote Meath as a leading location for overseas students to gain field experience in archaeology and cultural heritage. In 2012 Meath County Council and the Heritage Council provided funding to cultivate links with universities particularly in the US, to market County Meath as a destination for cultural learning experiences.Meath CC Training, Mentoring and support services for local SMEs, Start-Ups, Entrepreneurs, graduates in the food sector through a new Food Innovation and Technology hub in the Navan Enterprise Centre, leading to the creation of 100 paid internships. Supporting Enterprise, Local Development and Economic Growth – Analysis of Local Authority Activities for 2012 Report by County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) The full database of activities can be downloaded at 28