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SUBJECT: Memorial Presents: Meeting the Challenge of Regional Economic Development: Lessons from Ireland
DATE: May 30, 2006

The “Celtic Tiger” is often cited as a classic example of how a small economy can prosper. What is less well known is that the Irish economy is currently going through a period of transition as it continues its efforts to attract inward investment while at the same time redressing the imbalance in economic development between Dublin and rural Ireland. These challenges are very similar to those faced by Newfoundland and Labrador. Are there any lessons which can be learned by studying what Ireland is doing to address these challenges?
Dr. David Stewart is a professor of International Marketing in the Faculty of Business Administration and the chair of Irish Business Studies at Memorial University. He will outline a particular development process being followed in Ireland and will examine its potential application here. He will be accompanied by an expert panel composed of:
           Dr. David Douglas, professor of regional planning and development at                                 the University of Guelph in Ontario
           Harold Mullowney, chair of the Irish Loop Development Board
           Kelly Vodden, instructor at the Centre for Sustainable Community                                          Development, Simon Fraser University
Participate in a dialogue and contribute your views on whether the Irish approach is applicable in Newfoundland and Labrador. Challenge the panel in the question-and-answer period with your own ideas about regional development.
The forum will take place at, Inco Innovation Centre, Memorial University on Tuesday, May 30th, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. Free admission and parking available in Area 18 (between the QE II Library and Prince Philip Parkway); reception to follow.
The session will be broadcast "live" on the House of Assembly Channel (channel 61 in the St. John's area) and will be web cast "live".
Media agencies are encouraged to send representatives.

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