OUR VISION

We are the Local Development Company for Carlow Town and County, offering processes and solutions to tackle the socio-economic challenges facing communities and individuals in the county.

We act as a strategic intermediary between communities and development programme frameworks as well as with corporate social responsibility.

Our vision is for Carlow to be regarded by all as a preferred location in Ireland to live, work, visit and conduct business.

Our business model is focused on securing and maximising the impact of public and private investment in the local economy by designing and delivering a responsive client centered service which delivers demand led results for clients while maintaining high standards in corporate governance, accountability and risk management.

Our overall strategic focus has 3 inter-related strands namely, rural economic development, community development and labour market activation.

RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Our rural economic development strategy is underpinned by the LEADER programme. We have delivered results for clients under the LEADER programme in Carlow since 2002. For the programme period 2015 – 2021 the EU has identified three long term strategic objectives for LEADER namely, improving the competitiveness of agriculture, the sustainable management of natural resources and climate action; and a balanced territorial development of rural areas. During this programme period we will continue to deliver results for clients under the LEADER programme in partnership with the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and Carlow County Council.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Our community development strategy is underpinned by the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP), and Rural Social Scheme (RSS). The SICAP seeks to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term unemployment through local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies. The RSS seeks to provide income support for farmers and fisherpersons who are currently in receipt of specific Social Welfare payments, and to provide certain services of benefit to rural communities.

LABOUR MARKET ACTIVATION

Our labour market activation strategy is underpinned by the Tús programme and Jobs Club service. Our Tús programme seeks to provides opportunities for people who are unemployed to break the cycle of joblessness and helps to improve a person’s work readiness and support them in returning to the labour market, while our Jobs Club seeks to assist jobseekers to enter / re-enter employment through the provision of individualised supports, a ‘drop in’ service and group workshops.