Inward Investment activities
The Office is also charged with developing cross border relationships especially with the City of Belfast. Direction and intent was given to this co-operation by the Lord Mayors Forum on the Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor and the subsequent work by officials in both cities to realise the outcomes of this event. The Cross border dimension of International Relations is important in terms of the Peace Process; all island economic and tourism development ; and European Projects and funding.
Lord Mayors’ Forum – Maximising the Economic Corridor
Dublin City Council and Belfast City Council jointly hosted the Lord Mayors’ Forum – Maximising the Economic Corridor, March 2014. Jointly hosted by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Oisín Quinn, the special event considered renewable and smart technologies, tourism, creativity and hi tech growth during a business breakfast at Dublin City Hall, a symposium on the ‘Enterprise’ train as it travelled from Dublin to Belfast, and a further Lord Mayors’ Forum at Belfast City Hall.
Delegates onboard the Enterprise train to Belfast
Delegates explored opportunities to build on the strength of the geographical area between both cities, utilising the concentration of demographic, economic, educational, infrastructural, social and cultural resources that exists along the eastern seaboard of the island of Ireland. Also considered was how best to boost efforts to attract and expand trade and investment opportunities and promote the Dublin-Belfast Economic Corridor as a place to locate, start or grow a business, by looking at how business, education and government can collaborate to strengthen links and operate as a powerhouse to maximise potential and attract further investment. During the afternoon, the two Lord Mayors signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing to the development of an action plan to meet these objectives which will ultimately enhance the lives of Dubliners and the citizens of Belfast. In addition to representatives of the business community, education and tourism sectors, delegates included the Mayors of a number of towns and cities along the economic corridor, including Fingal, Drogheda, Newry and Lisburn.
The Office also leads and facilitates funding applications and applications for awards or projects via various funding schemes and philanthropic avenues.
The most high profile current funding scheme is Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament.Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.
Many departments and sections within Dublin City Council, will be partaking in Pan European projects surrounding areas such as Roads and traffic, engineering, housing, ICT etc and to coordinate and oversee all this activity an EU Funding officer has been appointed and works from the International Unit.
Contact details for the EU Funding officer are:
Ms Fiona Richardson
Along with Horizon 2020 funding Dublin City Council will also be targeting many other funding mechanisms, such as Interreg in order to increase the revenue and capital spend available for projects with the city.
In 2014 Dublin won the IBM Cities challenge and entered proposals under the iCapital Award and the Bloomberg Mayors challenge