Northside for Business Campus was officially opened this morning by Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government in the presence of The Lord Mayor of Cork Des Cahill, CEO of Cork City Council Ann Doherty and invited guests.
The opening of the Campus is the culmination of work that started in 2012 when the Cork City Development Board approved a proposal to develop a Northside Economic Development Plan which it believed would contribute to the regeneration of the Northside of the City. The Northside Economic Development Forum was established to develop and drive this plan.
The Northside Economic Development Forum is representative of Cork City Council, Cork City Enterprise Board, Cork City Partnership, Cork Chamber, Department of Social Protection, HSE, PLATO, The Revenue Commissioners, RAPID and Cork ETB.
Northside for Business is part of the Northside Economic Development Forum’s ‘Growing more than Apples’ initiative. By working together the stakeholders aim to develop practical initiatives, with tangible outcomes, that support the regeneration of the 3 RAPID areas on the Northside.
Northside for Business is about developing enterprise, creating employment and growing small businesses. Its about celebrating all the Northside of Cork has to offer – the people, the culture, the businesses and the uniqueness. It’s about businesses, but also about communities and public bodies working together to grow and prosper.
The Northside for Business Campus is a tangible expression of that vision. The Campus has become operational in the past year and its units are almost fully occupied.
Pictured L-R are Pat Ledwidge Cork City Council, Cllr John Sheehan, Lord Mayor Des Cahill, Ann Doherty CEO Cork City Council., Minister Simon Coveney, Minister of State, Dara Murphy, Adrienne Rodgers, Head of LEO, Cork CIty and JJ O’ Connell PLATO at the official opening of Northside for Business campus.