The Role of Local Government in Job Creation

The 4th annual Joint SOLACE NI/CCMA seminar took place on Friday 19 October at the Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre. The event was hosted by Co-operation Ireland’s All-Island Local Authority Forum, which is an integral part of Co-operation Ireland’s commitment to strengthening the capacity for a shared future and practical cooperation on this island. The seminar provides opportunities for relationship building with senior local government managers and develops links to the wider networks of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, Northern Ireland and the County and City Managers Association. The Theme for this 2012 event was the Role of Local Government in Job Creation with the keynote address given by Commissioner Scott Daugherty, North Carolina’s first small business commissioner. Mr. Daugherty has had significant involvement with business, trade, technology development and capital formation issues throughout his career, having served as a consultant to the OECD, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Commissioner Daugherty discussed his work in North Carolina and how inter-agency working groups help to coordinate economic development across the state. He also spoke about the role of education in economic development with the college system in North Carolina providing a responsiveness and flexibility to the changing demands of the workplace. Bill Scott from Invest Northern Ireland discussed how Invest NI engages with Local Government to help local communities create job opportunities, while Tom Hayes from Enterprise Ireland highlighted the recent growth in exports from the Republic. Jack Keyes, Cavan County Manager spoke from a local government perspective about local government initiatives in job creation.

Presentations from Bill Scott, Invest NI, Tom Hayes, Enterprise-Ireland and Jack Keyes, Cavan County Manager are available from Project Manager, Paula Madigan pmadigan@cooperationireland.org