February 7, 2014

2014 CCBS/ICLRD Conference – Audio, PowerPoint presentations & Transcripts

The Annual CCBS/ICLRD Conference was held at the Cavan Crystal Hotel on 30 – 31 January 2014.

The theme of the Conference was Cross Border Economic Development and the Border Development Zone Concept.

The Border Development Zone (BDZ) project investigates ways of tackling the region’s unique double challenge of peripherality and the presence of an international border, and how the whole region can be re-integrated into the Northern Irish, Irish and island-wide economies. The project is centred around five short pieces of follow-up action research, which are as follows:

  1. overall Border Development Zone strategy and structure; [PDF 116Kb]
  2. SME enterprise in goods and services with an export potential; [PDF 28Kb]
  3. tourism and recreation; [PDF 213Kb]
  4. agriculture, food and fish processing; [PDF 137Kb]
  5. low carbon initiatives, energy saving and renewable energy. [PDF 51Kb]

The programme below contains links to some of the speeches made by invited guest speakers and any PowerPoint presentations that accompanied them.


Day 1 – 30th January 2014

14.00 Welcome

Mr. John Driscoll, Director, International Centre for Local and Regional Development

Ms. Ruth Taillon, Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies

Session 1: Local Government as Drivers of Territorial Cohesion

14.20 Introduction to Session

Ms. Ruth Taillon, Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies

14.25 Integrating Territorial Cohesion and the Economic Agenda: The Role of Local and Regional Government in Cross-Border Cooperation

Dr. Joachim Beck, Director, Euro-Institute, Kehl, Germany This will focus on the period 2014-2020, considering the application of Territorial Cohesion and its core objectives in the Irish border region. It will consider the role of cross-border cooperation, whether driven by local or regional government, in driving forward an economic agenda.

15.00 Questions and Answers

Session 2: Introduction to the Border Development Zone (BDZ) Concept

15.30 Welcome by Chair and Introduction to the Border Development Zone

Mr. Padraic White, Chair, Border Development Zone Steering Committee

15.50 Border Development Zone: A Strategic Approach

Mr. Philip McDonagh, Independent Economist Overview of the BDZ Overall Strategy and Structure Scoping Paper; with the proposed actions being presented using the three key dimensions advocated by Bradley and Best in their 2012 study on cross-border economic renewal (and from which the idea for the BDZ emanated): spatial, sectoral & institutional.

16.10 Questions and Answers

16.30 Breakout Sessions

Four sessions:

  1. SMEs in Goods and Services (with Export Potential): Presentation by Ms. Maureen O’Reilly
    PowerPoint presentation [PDF 155Kb]
  2. Tourism and Recreation: Presentation by Dr. Eileen McGloin
    PowerPoint presentation [PDF 54Kb]
  3. Agriculture, Food and Fish Processing: Presentation by Mr. Tom Moriarty
    PowerPoint presentation [PDF 27Kb]
  4. Low Carbon, Energy Savings and Renewables: Presentation by Dr. Karen Keaveney
    PowerPoint presentation [PDF 234Kb]

17.30 Return to Plenary: Feedback from Breakout Sessions 17.50 Summation of Day 1

Mr. Andy Pollak, Project Manager, Border Development Zone Project

18.00 End Day 1

19.15 Reception With address by Mr. Jack Keyes, County Manager, Cavan County Council

20.00 Conference Dinner With after-dinner address by Mr. Stewart Dickson, MLA & Rapporteur on Interregional Cooperation, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

Day 2 – 31st January 2014

Session 3: Local Government Working Across Borders: Learning from Scotland

09.30 Welcome by Chair Prof. Deborah Peel, Chair of Architecture and Planning, University of Dundee

09.45 Facilitated conversation between:

  • Mr. Ross Martin, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Development and Industry (formerly Director of Centre for Scottish Public Policy)
  • Mr. Gavin Stevenson, Chief Executive, Dumfries and Galloway Council
  • Mr. Keith Winter, Executive Director – Environment, Enterprise & Communities Directorate, Fife Council
  • Mr. Danny McSorley, Chief Executive, Omagh District Council & Interim Chief Executive, Strabane District Council

Drawing from the Scottish experience, with an Island of Ireland respondent, a cross-border, inter-regional debate focusing on dynamic local economic development

10.30 Questions and Answers

Session 4: Progressing the Border Development Zone (BDZ)

10.45 Welcome by Chair Prof. Greg Lloyd, Head of School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster

10.50 Advancing the Spatial, Sectoral and Institutional Dimensions of the BDZ

Mr. Philip McDonagh, Independent Economist Drawing together the original research findings and subsequent discussion points from the breakout sessions on Day 1.

Following this short intervention, delegates will be invited to join one of three parallel sessions centred around key dimensions of the BDZ to propose a way forward for this concept. This should include both short-term and medium-term action points.

11.45 Breakout Sessions

Three sessions:

  1. The Spatial Dimension: Facilitated by Mr. John Driscoll, Director, ICLRD
  2. The Sectoral Dimension: Facilitated by Mr. Andy Pollak, Project Manager, Border Development Zone Concept
  3. The Institutional Dimension: Facilitated by Mr. Padraic White, Chair, Border Development Zone Steering Committee

12.45 Return to Plenary: Feedback from Parallel Sessions

Short summation of each of the sessions, with the emphasis being placed on how to further the development of the BDZ and, where relevant, who will now take a ‘lead’ in driving this objective forward.

13.05 Closing Address: The Role of the EU?

Ms. Marian Harkin, MEP