Infrastructure is long understood to be a key economic enabler. Projects such as the M20, Dunkettle Interchange, N28, N22 and Northern Ring Road are critical to simply meet the needs of our economic and population growth. We are also pushing for progress across a range of smaller scale interventions, that cumulatively will have a huge impact and welcome your thoughts and views on opportunities for Cork.
We identify public transport as as specific area of focus in 2018. To grow sustainably an to be an attractive 21st century City Region, we must have exceptional public transport. We are advocating for a rapid transport corridor running east west from Ballincollig to Mahon, and for high speed rail, linking Cork to Dublin.
Marketing of Cork
We know that Cork has it all. But we must extend our reach and communicate our message, to convert those currently unaware. The Chamber leads Connecting Cork, reaching out to our diaspora and networks, promoting our exceptional financial services offer. We also actively support Visit Cork and the Pure Cork Brand for tourism. We are also part of collective approach to economic marketing that is in ongoing development with regional partners.
Housing is a key influencer of investment decisions and it is essential that our housing market meets demand. At Cork Chamber, we believe that the Docklands offers an unrivalled opportunity to create a high density, sustainable, vibrant, diverse new city core, driving a high value economy. Our towns have their own economies yet offer sustainable commuting with many serviced by train. We seek infrastructural support to ensure there is no delay in development.
Cork City Centre
As Irelands second City region, Cork and Cork City play a critical role in driving the national economy, offering a compliment to Dublin as the fulcrum of the southern region. The City Centre has a pivotal role to play in this.
As retail undergoes incessant change with the constant march of e-commerce and changing consumer patterns, and as more and more professional services jobs enter the City, it is a time of both challenge and opportunity. Culture and nightlife are increasingly important economic drivers and the Chamber works with the Council to drive initiatives such as the Purple Flag.
As members of CORE, and the City Centre Forum we make sure your voice is heard in all decision making.
International connectivity is critical to the economy of Cork and the Southern Region. We work closely with the Airport team to share information and to coordinate advocacy in the right ways and at the right time. Our approach has yielded results, most notably transatlantic connectivity and we continue to apply pressure to agencies, carriers and Government on an ongoing basis.
Brexit will rumble on throughout 2018 and while interest in this technical, and political topic may vary, the Chamber stays engaged on developments every day. The Government commissioned Copenhagen Economics study shows that the impact is overwhelmingly economically negative. We have a close eye on UK politics, EU politics, and Irish Brexit politics. Business cannot afford to be complacent and we urge you to get in touch on this issue, to understand, to plan and to mitigate impact.
Digital Economy of Cork
We are all very comfortable talking about roads but how many of us are confident in talking about dark fibre networks? Do you know that Cork is the destination for the lowest latency transatlantic fibre connectivity? At Cork Chamber we are working with stakeholders to enhance our insight into the infrastructure and sectors that are driving our digital economy, so that we can better leverage our unique position.