Meeting the Challenge of Regional Economic Development: Lessons from Ireland

Dr. David Stewart

Tuesday, May 30, 2006, in the Inco Innovation Centre

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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. In his presentation, he outlines a particular development process being followed in Ireland and will examine its potential application here.
He was 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 at Simon Fraser University

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