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LEADER Public Consultations March 2023

Laois Partnership Company is hosting Public Workshops on the creation of the Local Development Strategy for Laois 2023-2027 for the LEADER programme and we hope you can attend one.

The LEADER programme works on the theory of Bottom-up and community led local development. With the inception of the new LEADER programme Laois Partnership Company must create a new Local Development Strategy in order to tender for the delivery of the programme locally. The local development strategy will not be innovative or meet the needs of communities throughout Laois if it does not have direct input from the people living and working in Laois.

Below are a some of the topics that we will be asking for your feedback on:

Theme 1: Economic Development and Job Creation

Theme 2: Rural Infrastructure and Social Inclusion

Theme 3: Sustainable Development of the Rural Environment

Date: 1/4/2022
Laois’ Smart Village Training to revolutionise community development.
Laois Partnership and Laois County Council appreciate the roles that smart communities
and smart regions will play in community development for many years to come.
With this in mind, Laois Partnership, in conjunction with eTownz, will be running a workshop
for those involved in community development across the county with the first session being
in Abbeyleix Manor hotel, April the 21st from 7pm to 9pm.
We want key stakeholders from every community in Laois to join us to help drive both local
and county initiatives.
Places are limited. Visit training to register.
Acting CEO of Laois Partnership, Catherine Cowap said:
“Laois Partnership works directly with individuals, communities and enterprises through
LEADER and SICAP. We believe that the Smart Village concept is the future of strategic
community development in Laois.”

We are looking for 3 to 4 civic minded stakeholders from each community representing the
health and wellbeing, environment and sustainability, and business and economy sectors.
Join us to help drive both local and county initiatives and to learn from each others’
experiences in developing communities.
Peter O’Neill Chairman of Laois Partnership said:
“Laois Partnership are proud to be collaborating with 20+ Local Development Companies
around Ireland to support the development of the Smart Village curriculum. The Smart
Village concept will be of core importance to all project funding in the years to come.”
The curriculum is created by eTownz and is a modular and pragmatic approach to local
development where the town creates an interactive register for its local
● Assets
● Stakeholders (Businesses, Clubs & Public services)
● Goals
● Projects
● Metrics
CEO of eTownz, Pat Kennedy said:
“The Smart Village approach seeks to bring together local knowledge and digital
tools to empower local communities.”
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