LOUTH ECONOMIC FORUM was established in 2009 under the auspices of the County Development Board chaired by Padraic White, former managing director of the Industrial Development Authority [IDA Ireland] and currently small and medium business entrepreneur. Overseas companies secured for Ireland during Mr White’s tenure with IDA include Microsoft, IBM Software and Intel while he was also central to the establishment and marketing of the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Dublin.
The Forum brings the business sector of county Louth, the local authority management and all of the State agencies that interact with those generating economic activity in the county and is a one stop shop for potential investors. A study entitled Louth County Economic Development Strategy (2009 - 2015), commissioned by the Louth Local Authorities from Indecon International Economic Consultants, provides a blueprint for the Louth Economic Forum and its recommendations have shaped the work of the Forum.
The Louth Economic Forum has devised an overall 10 POINT PLAN identifying 10 specific areas to be addressed within its work programme over the next 3 years.
The purpose of the action plans is to outline Louth's joined up approach to fostering existing business and grow new enterprise in County Louth.