Saturday, April 03, 2010

Invitation to Dublin A City that Works - Conference of the Lord Mayor's Commission on Employment

Croke Park Conference Centre
Friday 23 April 2010 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

On the night I was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin, I stated that job creation and the protection of existing employment in the City would be the priority for my year in office. I immediately established the Lord Mayor’s Commission on Employment to promote employment and economic renewal in the City. The Commission comprises Councillors from all groups within the City Council as well as a number of people with specialist knowledge.

Since last July the Commission has been engaging in widespread public consultation, holding workshops and undertaking fieldtrips to come up with real and tangible actions. In September 2009 the Lord Mayor’s Commission put out a public “Call for Ideas” in a bottom up approach to invite the public, business and community-based, to tell us their experiences and their proposals to generate economic activity in the City. The “Call for Ideas” really caught the public imagination and in a short space of time we received over 120 submissions, with many innovative and creative ideas for boosting the City’s economy, creating employment and improving our competitiveness. In January the Commission organised two seminars: the first on promoting Dublin as an International Student City and the second on promoting the creative and cultural industries in Dublin. Both seminars were well attended and highly successful. A number of key recommendations those seminars are now being actively pursued by the City Council. (Seminar Reports can be downloaded here)

The Commission is now finalising its report and recommendations for the future. To this end we are holding a Conference “Dublin – A City that Works” with keynote speaker Maire Geoghegan Quinn, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research and Science. The Conference will take place in the Croke Park Conference Centre on Friday 23rd April from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

This conference will present and engage the public further on the key themes and ideas emerging from the work of the Commission to address current challenges in employment, enterprise, innovation and education for the future sustainability of Dublin’s economy. In her first speaking engagement in Dublin since her appointment as Commissioner, Maire Geoghegan Quinn will address the conference on the theme of “Cities Innovating for Future Growth.

Dowload the invitation, programme and registration form in respect of the Conference of the Commission on Employment. There is no fee for attending the conference, but anyone interested in attending should register before 16 April 2010. Information on the Conference and the work of the Lord Mayor’s Commission on Employment is also available on the City Council website:

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