For Cork to grow sustainably and to be an attractive 21st century City Region, we must have exceptional public transport.
We are advocating for delivery of the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy, including new segregated cycle lanes throughout the Metropolitan region, new park and rides, a light rail/rapid transport corridor running East-West from Ballincollig to Mahon, high-speed rail linking Cork to Dublin in 90 minutes, and prioritised delivery of bus corridors throughout Metropolitan Cork so buses become the fastest and most reliable transport option.
Housing is a key influencer of investment decisions and it is essential that our housing market meets demand for different types of housing for different family constellations.
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. We are actively campaigning for more high-density urban housing that meets the needs of students, professionals, families and our senior citizens. 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.
Infrastructure is long understood to be a key economic enabler. Delivery on projects such as the M20 Cork-Limerick motorway, Dunkettle Interchange, the M28 road to Ringaskiddy, the N22 Cork-Kerry road, and Northern Ring Road are critical for Cork’s future economic and population growth. We are also pushing for progress across a range of small scale interventions that cumulatively will have a huge impact, and we welcome your thoughts and views on opportunities for Cork.
Cork City Centre
As Ireland’s second City region, Cork plays a critical role in driving the national economy, offering a attractive complement 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 concerning the future development of our city’s core.
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 to grow international connectivity and passenger numbers arriving to and from Cork Airport.
Marketing of Cork
We know that Cork is an excellent place to live and work. 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 the economic place brand We Are Cork, Visit Cork and the Pure Cork brand for tourism.
Brexit will rumble on throughout 2020 and while interest in this technical, and political topic may vary, the Chamber stays engaged on developments every day.
We have a close eye on UK and European politics to make sure the future relationship with the UK and the EU works for Irish business. 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
Did you know that Cork offers 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 Cork’s unique position as ideal for data-driven and tech industries.