13.03.12 - Green Enterprise Training Initiative
Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government announced recently that he has given sanction to Meath Partnership and Roscommon LEADER Partnership to approve funding of up to €180,000 for a joint initiative to develop dedicated Green Business Training and Support hubs within the Counties of Meath and Roscommon.
The aim of these hubs in Meath and Roscommon will be to deliver industry-relevant training and support with a focus on environmental sustainability.
“The project will support rural dwellers in both Meath and Roscommon to avail of opportunities in the green sector as they arise and to exploit these to their maximum potential. In utilising the resources available under the RDP this project will build the capacity of business to develop and implement a variety of green business ideas in an environmentally sustainable way. I am confident that this type of initiative will support the achievement of the aims and objectives of the RDP to diversify the rural economy and improve the quality of life in rural areas. I would like to congratulate both Local Development Companies for coming together to implement this inventive and interesting approach to capacity building for green entrepreneurship at local level,” said the Minister.
“The LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme continue to offer significant financial resources to rural communities and it is important that such communities continue to harness local energies in order to avail of these resources and further develop all aspects of their own communities.”
The Minister added, “This project will now go back to the Boards of Roscommon LEADER Partnership and Meath Partnership for the final approval. This is in line with the EU’s “bottom-up” approach to rural development.”
For more information about this collaborative green enterprise training initiative, please click here.