WIT joins forces with the Southern Regional Assembly to support Regional Innovation

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WIT and in particular CEDRE have long been advocates of integration and are aiming to integrate local and regional policies into national policies

The Southern Regional Assembly (SRA) is a partner in an exciting new EU funded project to support innovative growth in regions.  WIT and in particular CEDRE have long been advocates of regional innovation and will bring their extensive expertise as stakeholders in helping achieve the project’s aim of integrating local and regional policies into national policies. 

Cohes3ion Aims

COHES3ION will bring together 10 partners from 8 European countries with the aim of improving the regional impact of their respective Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3).  They all share the common challenge of effectively implementing Smart Specialisation at the regional level; COHES3ION aims to tackle this by identifying regional Smart Priorities and strengthening the regional coordination of innovation delivery and support players. 

The SRA are delivering the first Regional Spatial & Economic Strategy (RSES) for the Southern Region, a 12-year strategic development framework identifying key priorities for regional investment.  The RSES acknowledges that a strong economy is underpinned by strong enterprises, innovation and skills that require a competitive, innovative and resilient regional enterprise base.  It is an ambitious plan and provides a timely opportunity to consider and embed Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) into the Irish regions in collaboration with the COHES3ION project.

Unlocking the potential of less-developed areas

David Kelly, Director of the Southern Regional Assembly “recognises the significant challenges facing our region and the need for effective regional strategy to address this” stating “Through our involvement on EU-funded projects such as COHES3ION we can learn from our European partners how best to unlock the potential of less-developed areas while increasing the competiveness of more-developed areas. We have a strong vision to become the most liveable region.  We support our people and places to secure a sustainable future”.

WIT were active contributors to the RSES engaging in the extensive consultation process and making submissions on the draft versions.  Professor Bill O’Gorman, Director of Research for CEDRE (Centre for the Enterprise Development and Regional Economy), believes the RSES will be instrumental in driving regional growth for the Southern Region and positioning Waterford as a city of choice to live and study in saying he is “looking forward to working with the Southern Regional Assembly in both the delivery of the RSES and the COHES3ION project which closely aligns with the objectives of our work here at CEDRE”.  

COHES3ION, a €1.59 million ERDF three-year project, kicked-off in Spain to share how partners approach regional innovation.  A follow-up meeting took place in the Ruhr region of Germany in January 2020 where many interesting applicable work practices were shared.

COHES3ION is part-funded by the Interreg Europe Programme and is led by BEAZ S.A.U., Spain.


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