Today in Tullamore the recently formed Midlands Gateway Chamber launched its Vision for the Future of the Midlands Gateway at a ceremony attended by Tánaiste Mr. Brian Cowen.
The “Vision for the Future” report describes the Chamber’s strategic plan for the Midlands Gateway and a number of innovative yet realistic proposals to develop the Gateway into Ireland’s premier centre for business and living, over the medium term towards 2020.
Speaking at the launch of their Vision and Strategic Plan, Eugene Moore President of Midlands Gateway Chamber said “We have worked closely as a business community over the past 12 month to analyse the challenges and formulate the solutions to capitalise on the unique opportunity that is the Midlands Gateway.
The three key factors which influence where people choose to live and work are Enterprise, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. Midlands Gateway Chamber are today publishing concrete proposals for real projects in these three key areas that can help deliver the facilities needed for the 350,000 people in our catchment area.
What’s more all our proposals are fully fundable; both in operational and capital spend.”
Just some of the proposals outlined in the Gateway Chamber’s plan are:-
The plan also outlines suggestions for additional sources of funding to help Midlands Gateway Chamber deliver on its goals, such as:-
Says Moore, “The Midlands Gateway Chamber is the only organisation that exists solely for the implementation of the Midlands Gateway ideal. We received our mandate from the three town Chambers of Athlone, Tullamore and Mullingar, that combined represent some 700 businesses and traders.
We want to amplify the great work being done by local Government and other State Agencies in the Midlands in the delivery of the Strategic Development Framework. To deliver on our goals, we see ourselves working in partnership with the local authorities in assisting, encouraging and monitoring their progress.
The key difference between the Chamber and other lobby groups is that the Chamber will not only highlight problem areas should they arise, but also endeavour to suggest and provide solutions in a non partisan or politically motivated way.
About Midlands Gateway Chamber Midlands Gateway Chamber is a lobby group representing the combined interests of the towns of Athlone, Mullingar and Tullamore Midland Gateway Chamber has two key goals: - to promote the region as a competitive and attractive option for business and population growth and to work hand in hand with the Public Sector to further drive investment in Infrastructure, Enterprise and Quality of Life Projects in the Gateway.
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