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24/10/2021

Kilkenny hosts OECD forum on jobs and growth

OVER 150 national and international representatives will be in Kilkenny Castle on Wednesday, March 27 for an OECD forum on jobs and growth, while Castlecomer Discovery Park will also be hosting a workshop for visitors.

OVER 150 national and international representatives will be in Kilkenny Castle on Wednesday, March 27 for an OECD forum on jobs and growth, while Castlecomer Discovery Park will also be hosting a workshop for visitors.

Other local organisations hosting workshops are: Kilkenny LEADER Partnership; Kilkenny Employment for Youth Training Centre; The Telecommunications Software & Systems Group Innovation Centre in St. Kieran’s College and the Kingsriver Community.

The two-day annual meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) LEED Forum began yesterday at UCD. The theme for the event is ‘Implementing change: A new local agenda for jobs and growth’.

Castlecomer Discovery Park manager Liz Nolan said they were delighted to be hosting a workshop here. “We look forward to welcoming the participants and for the opportunity to outline the developments and challenges at this critical stage in the evolution of the park.”

Pobal, who are coordinating the two-day event in partnership with OECD LEED, has helped fund the Discovery Park under it’s Community Services Programme.

The workshop will draw from OECD work on rural development as well as recently commissioned research by Pobal on employment and social inclusion in rural areas. 
Castlecomer Discovery Park offers a range of recreational, cultural and educational activities for visitors of all ages. Recently launched attractions include a Tree Top Adventure Walk, a ‘Leap of Faith’ experience and a Climbing Wall.

Pobal CEO Denis Leamy said, “These local study visits and themed workshops give participants the opportunity to learn directly from the on the ground initiatives, and to identify lessons that may have wider applicability.”

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