Atlantic Way - 8 initiatives that would make a difference...

 

 
  1. The Atlantic Way as an Economic Corridor: The Fáilte Ireland 'Wild Atlantic Way' project is a wonderful tourism initiative and shows what’s possible with imagination, resources and support. An Atlantic Way Economic Corridor, creating and linking sectoral clusters in cities, towns and villages along the West – would be powerful, with the potential to accelerate regional growth. It would align and build on the strengths of the Region and fully utilize its assets
  2. Empowering the Region: Ireland has not embraced the concept of empowered Regions in the way other countries have. Power is overly centralised. Empowering and supporting an Atlantic Way region would enable it to develop and implement high-level strategies to stimulate growth.
  3. Building Sectoral Clusters: Developing sectoral clusters would make an enormous difference in attracting new investment and creating centres and zones of excellence along the Atlantic Way corridor. This in turn would create both a competitive and collaborative environment which would help support and drive innovation and growth. The globally strong clusters at Shannon for Aviation Services and at Galway for Medical Devices shows the way. Sectors with growth potential includes ICT, life sciences, bio-medical, logistics, aviation/aerospace, engineering, energy, green technologies, agri-foods and international services.
  4. Supporting Indigenous Business: There should be an increased focus on growing Indigenous Business – particularly High Potential Start-up Businesses. Could we find and support the next €1 billion business?
  5. A Marine & Energy-led Programme: Ireland’s Atlantic Coast and territorial shelf offer enormous natural marine and energy opportunities.
  6. Tourism 365: Tourism is hugely important to the West and The Wild Atlantic Way is a powerful platform to build upon. However, not all of what we have is coast-based and our Town & Cities; Events, Attractions and Activities should be encouraged and supported to play a greater role in attracting visitors - particularly overseas visitors.
  7. Twin Cities: Galway and Limerick/Shannon are particularly important in the development on an economic corridor. Limerick needs a new high-level vision and both Galway and Limerick have important projects that should be supported.
  8. Food Focus: There is enormous potential for Irish foods, particularly with health, wellness and sustainability attributes. The Atlantic Way is well positioned to create branded value-added produce and micro co-ops to support food development, marketing and distribution.

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