Louth Economic Forum was also celebrating its win at the LAMA (Local Authorities Members Association) Community and Council Awards.
The forum received the Best Economic Partnership-Unit Award.
The forum was established in 2009 under the auspices of the County Development Board and is chaired by Padraic White, former managing director of the Industrial Development Authority (IDA). It is made up of the business sector in the county, local authority management, and the state agencies that interact with those generating economic activity in the county.
“It’s a great honour for the Louth Economic Forum,” said Padraic white, “to be named Best Economic Partnership-Unit amongst a number of high calibre initiatives from around the country.
“It was so heartening to receive the award on behalf of the people who make up the forum and the people whose commitment to our action plans has led to the creation of jobs and a strengthening of the economy here in Louth.
“It gives us another opportunity to get our message across that Louth is leading the way and that the work we do is extremely successful, bringing much valued industry and associated jobs to our region.”
The Louth Economic Forum has devised an overall plan identifying 10 specific areas to be addressed within its work programme over the next number of years.
A task group has been established for each of the areas.
Action plans completed to date are: Foreign Direct Investment, Sustainable Energy, Indigenous Industry, Tourism and Heritage, Age Friendly Business, Education and Training, and Agriculture Food and Fisheries.
The forum set out to create 3,000 jobs in the county over a 10-year period.
It has played a large role in bringing PayPal to Dundalk and the expansion of other industry including National Pen.
Its sustainable energy plan has brought together key industries in the county, and this has also been the case with the tourism plan.
Agriculture, food and fisheries has the backing of the major food processors in the county.