• Tourism (Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and Ireland’s Hidden Heartland’s initiatives); • IDA Ireland’s regional enterprise development (Winning: Foreign Direct Investment 2015- 19), Enterprise Ireland (Regional Enterprise Development Fund) and actions under the South- West, Mid-West and South-East Regional Enterprise Plans (REPs). The RSES supports the REPs in the development of the Region’s innovation hubs and industry clusters across sectors of agri-food, tourism, design and craft, specialised engineering, the knowledge economy, global business services, the green economy and marine which have significant potential to diversify and develop our rural Region. In addition, the RSES supports Údarás na Gaeltachta’s work in providing assistance for enterprise, start-ups and innovation in Gaeltacht areas. The drive for economic initiatives at a local level is critical. A healthy retail sector is key for rural services, regeneration of town and village centres, enterprise and employment creation.
Innovation Hubs and Centres of Excellence It is an objective to develop innovation hubs and centres of excellence (with particular opportunities for innovation in agri-food, agri- tech, marine research, creative industries, knowledge economy etc.) as local drivers for growth.
Innovation in Rural areas It is an objective to support innovation, enterprise start-ups and competitiveness of our rural Region.
Diversification It is an objective to further develop a diverse base of smart economic specialisms across our rural Region, including innovation and diversification in agriculture (agri-Tech, food and beverage), the marine (ports, fisheries and the wider blue economy potential), forestry, peatlands, renewable energy, tourism (leverage the opportunities from the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands brands), social enterprise, circular economy, knowledge economy, global business services, fin-tech, specialised engineering, heritage, arts and culture, design and craft industries as dynamic divers for our rural economy.
Southern Regional Assembly | RSES
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