Western Development Commission announces €300,000 to support enterprise hubs to reopen along the Atlantic Economic Corridor

The Western Development Commission has announced an investment of 300,000 for enterprise hubs along the Atlantic Economic Corridor to help them implement measures to reopen in compliance with public health guidelines as the economy recovers from the impact of COVID-19.

The investment will be made by the Department of Rural and Community Development as part of the Atlantic Economic Corridor Enterprise Hub Network project.  Funding of up to €5,000 will be provided in grant aid to successful applicants.

CEO of The Western Development Commission, Tomás Ó Síocháin, said:

“This support will allow the hubs to reopen and provide facilities for workers to work remotely in fully equipped office settings.  WDC research, carried out in conjunction with NUIG, has identified immediate challenges to working from home, and the AEC enterprise hubs can help address those challenges.  The hubs can play a critical role in rural and regional areas, allowing skilled workers to work close to where they live, driving sustainable economic activity and building communities.”

Hub managers along the AEC region were invited to join a webinar on Tuesday 30th June – ‘A Practical Guide to Reopening your hub.’  You can watch back the event HERE.

Any hub owner or manager looking to apply for the support should contact their AEC county officer. A full list is available HERE.

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