Longford native and leading economist, Gerard Brady, will address this Saturday's 'Get Involved - Longford 2016' initiative hosted by Longford Chamber of Commerce at Longford Rugby Club.
The Ballinalee man is the Senior Economist in IBEC, Ireland's largest business representative organisation. His role involves engagement with policymakers on issues of importance to business and helping business navigate economic issues. He was the winner of the Foundation for Fiscal Studies Miriam Hederman O'Brien prize for research on fiscal policy in 2013. He has a key interest in the future of his native county and will open the event with an informed overview of Longford's position the likely best steps forward for the county at this critical junction.
The 'think tank' session will run from 10am to 4pm is targeted at all Longford town based businesses, residents, groups, clubs and organisations.
Chamber President, Fintan McGill said: "We will outline the Council’s Local Economic & Community Plan (LECP) 2015-21 and other key strategic documents. The hope is that those in attendance will formulate a series of objectives for the town over the next three to five years, within the context of the stated LECP goals and objectives."
The event will look at everything from job creation, industry, retail strategy, housing, health etc. The findings from the session will be used to formulate a document which the Chamber plans to present to the newly elected TDs and local councilors.
The Chamber is inviting all groups to send two representatives to attend on the day. It will also be open to all Chamber members and anybody else wishing to attend. However it is necessary to register in advance via the Chamber of Commerce CEO, Lisa Brady at 087 778 6834.