Meath Economic Development Strategy
Meath’s Economic Development Strategy 2014-2022
Further to the initial launch of the County’s Economic Development Strategy in June 2015, Meath County Council is delighted to present a summary document of the key findings from the Economic Development Strategy Report.
This publication provides factual information on the economic profile of Meath while setting out a clear Action Plan to deliver on economic, spatial and marketing objectives, to deliver a whole new vision at accelerating the economic transformation, growth and job creation within Meath.
Aims of the Economic Development Strategy 2014-2022
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening Report (pdf, 274kb) has been carried out on the Economic Development Strategy for County Meath 2014- 2022 by Brady Shipman Martin on behalf of Meath County Council.
Following review and consideration of the issues pertaining to the Economic Development Strategy 2014-2022, the screening report concluded that the strategy in itself will not result in a significant adverse environmental effect and will therefore not require a detailed assessment of effects through the SEA process.
Appropriate Assessment (AA)
An Appropriate Assessment (AA) Screening Report (pdf, 637kb) in compliance with Article 6 of the Habitats Directive has been undertaken on the Economic Development Strategy 2014-2022. Following an analysis of the Strategy and potential relationships with European sites, the screening concluded that there would be no likelihood of significant effects on any European sites, either alone or in combination with other plans or projects (with no requirement to carry out further stages of Appropriate Assessment on the Strategy).
This was informed by the collection of data on the European sites and identification of the condition, sensitivities and threats to the integrity of the sites. This decision has been informed by an Appropriate Assessment Screening Report prepared by Scott Cawley Limited on behalf of Meath County Council.
Economic Development Strategy for County Meath to create 7,500 new jobs
The Economic Development Strategy for Co. Meath 2014-2022 was officially launched on Tuesday 2nd June 2015 at Ballymagarvey Village by Meath County Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr Jim Holloway. This major economic strategy aims to create 7,500 new jobs in Meath over the lifetime of the plan, approximately 1,000 new jobs a year. In developing this strategy, Meath County Council has positioned itself as the lead employment agency for business supports in the County and for promoting and supporting an enterprise culture that will increase investment into the county by 40%, enabling Meath to prosper as a distinct and diverse location to do business.
Left to right: Dr. Pat McCloughan, Managing Director, PMCA Economic Consulting, Councillor Jim Holloway, Cathaoirleach, Meath County Council, Ms. Jackie Maguire, Chief Executive, Meath County Council, Mr Frank Ryan, Chairman of the Board, IDA Ireland, Mr. Kevin Stewart, Director of Services, Planning, Enterprise & Environment, Meath County Council
Left to right: TD Damien English, Minister of State at the Departments of Education and Skills and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation - With Special Responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation, Mr John Bruton, Chairman of the Meath Economic Forum, Councillor Jim Holloway, Cathaoirleach, Meath County Council
The economic strategy consists of three pillars- economics, spatial planning and marketing, to attract and support business in order to achieve the ambitious, yet achievable 7,500-job target. The strategy will represent a positive corporate response to improve the county and region - from a social and community perspective as well as economically. In doing so, this Council is actively engaging with and building relationships with businesses that have a role in economic development, harnessing talent and creating attractive living environments.
Appropriate Assessment Screening Report pdf, 636kb