The counties of Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon took centre stage at the Invest4Success seminar in Croke Park on Thursday evening.
A large crowd came to hear from leading businesses in the region. The event attracted many jobseekers looking to return to the region for work.
The free expo heard the story of many different organisations such as Vistamed, Abbott Diagnostics and Cora Systems.
Raj Singh-Dehal of Center Parcs said that they were extremely committed to the region and would be providing 750 construction jobs and 1,000 full time jobs when they open. He pointed to the good road network, proximity to Dublin and the large availability of a committed workforce as reasons for locating in the region.
Paddy Mahon, Chief Executive of Longford County Council said: “It is important for Longford to show investors and our diaspora in Dublin that the Upper Shannon Erne Region is open for business and has huge potential for growth. The co-operation and synergies among the four counties will help to develop and promote the region. The event provided a valuable networking opportunity but it is only our first step.
“The challenge now is to build on the success of this expo and develop further potential opportunities for investment in the region and prove that regional development is real and clearly evident on the ground.”
Cathaoirleach of Longford Co Council, Cllr Mick Cahill was delighted with the event and stated that it was very important that the four counties, together with Bord na Móna and the ESB took this joint initiative to show they could all work together to showcase the Upper Shannon Erne Region as a region of opportunity.
A diverse range of local SME’s also attended and displayed the many different new businesses that have grown and developed in the region.
Declan O’Rourke Managing Director of Tool and Plastic, Longford who exhibited at the event stated that: “The Upper Shannon Erne Region is a growing one with a real sense of community and a willingness to welcome and help business. Employees value a better quality of life, access to the best of schools, strong communities and affordable housing. The jobs on offer are of a high quality with significant career opportunities.
“There is much to look forward to and we want to welcome people back to the region with offers of firm and stable employment. We were delighted to be part of Invest4success to showcase exactly what can be achieved when people work together.”