January 5, 2010

ICLRD Conference 2010: Preparing for Economic Recovery: Planning Ireland, North and South, Out of Recession

21-22 January 2010
Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen

Sponsored by the Special EU Programmes Body and InterTradeIreland, this year’s ICLRD conference theme is Preparing for Economic Recovery: Planning Ireland, North and South, out of Recession. The conference is organised around four sessions:

  • Session 1: Health Check on Economic Development, Planning and Infrastructure
    The presentations will set the context for the conference in identifying the planning responses critical to positioning for the upturn, economic recovery and long-term sustainable growth.
  • Session 2: Planning and Economic Recovery – The Social and Community Dimension
    This session will explore how the vitality and competitiveness of regions and places is as much dependent on social and community qualities as natural and infrastructural endowments and the issues in meeting social and community development requirements in a very challenging economic context.
  • Session 3: Building the Platform for Economic Recovery
    The session will explore strategic issues arising in repositioning regional and national economies to recover from the current economic context.
  • Session 4: Recovery through Collaborative Spatial Planning
    This session will bring the conference to a conclusion by focusing on the types on planning policies and initiatives essential to regional and island level economic recovery and sustainable development.

Confirmed speakers include Professor John Fitzgerald of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI); Pat McArdle, Economist; Ian Maye of the Department of Environment, Northern Ireland; Hubert Kearns of Sligo County Council; Celine McHugh of Forfás; and Charlotte Kahn of the Boston Foundation’s Indicators Project.