The Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC) stretches along the western seaboard of Ireland. This region includes 10 local authority regions from Donegal to Kerry. The region is seen as having a lot of potential for future economic growth.
This is a long-term project that aims to encourage this growth. It will provide as much benefit as possible to people and communities in the region.
It hopes to:
The Corridor is already home to strong culture of enterprise and innovation, with hundreds of successful businesses operating there. These include ambitious start-ups, established multinationals and Irish owned firms expanding to global markets.
Project Ireland 2040 recognises the important potential of the Atlantic Economic Corridor. Project Ireland 2040 is the government’s main initiative to make Ireland a better country that reflects the best of who we are and what we aspire to be. It is clear that developing the region will help achieve this goal by bringing benefits to businesses, communities, locals and to Ireland as a whole.
In March 2017, a taskforce was set up with the aim of devising strategies and policies to encourage the development of the region.
Seán Canney TD, Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, chairs this taskforce. It also includes representatives from:
The taskforce has three subgroups that work on specific parts of the development plan:
The department funds an Atlantic Economic Corridor officer in each of the 10 local authorities along the corridor. These officers will be important in driving the project forward by:
The officers also support the work of the taskforce and its subgroups. They gather information about buildings and properties that may be used by businesses. These officers also help to develop and practice the communication strategies.
For more information, visit the Atlantic Economic Corridor website.