Wednesday, 18th July 2012
Workshop to discuss potential for heritage sector to encourage economic growth
On Friday 27th of July 2012, heritage practitioners, local business people, entrepreneurs, community representatives and State agencies will attend a workshop in Dungarvan Town Hall Theatre to explore the potential of the heritage sector as a driver of economic growth and development in Waterford city and county.
This free event aims to build an awareness of the opportunities for enterprise and business development within the heritage sector. The Waterford workshop is part of a highly successful series of events being run by the Heritage Council throughout the country. The workshop will showcase some of the many Waterford-based businesses and social enterprises working in the Irish heritage sector.
Speaking about the workshop, Michael Starrett, Heritage Council Chief Executive / Conor Newman Heritage Council Chairman said, “this workshop series has been developed on the back of the Heritage Council's 'Place as Resource' conference held in October 2011. The Conference tackled the issues surrounding the heritage sectors reinvigoration and continued development, as well as the important role it plays within the Irish economy. The ‘Heritage as an Engine' workshops which focus on local initiatives are the next step in building awareness of the significant impact the sector can have on the economic future of towns and villages nationwide.”
Speakers attending the Galway workshop include Michael Walsh Waterford City Manager, Eamonn McEneaney, Director of Waterford's Museum of Treasures, Bernadette Guest, Hertiage Officer Waterford County, Eamonn Maxwell Lismore Castle Arts & Gardens, Maria Kyte Suir Valley Railway, Mike Sweeney Copper Coast Geopark, Samantha Richardson HERCULES Project, Dunhill EcoPark and Dermot Walsh M&D Bakery. There will also be representatives from agencies including Waterford LEADER Partnership and Fáilte Ireland to give support and advice to new and upcoming enterprises.
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