Project Overview: The report examines how the BMW Region is performing against its goal of building an economy based on innovation and knowledge based growth. In doing so, it seeks to provide insights into opportunities for delivering this important goal.
Project Overview: The report titled ‘Maximising the Economic Impact of Airports in the BMW Region’ is the first report of its kind to examine the multi-faceted collective contribution of the airports in the BMW Region to the regional economy. The report which was prepared in co-operation with the four airports in the Region, highlights their impact and importance in terms of business investment, tourism, access to markets and quality of life for the Region. An economic impact assessment found that these four airports in 2008 were responsible for 378 jobs (direct and indirect), generated over €14m in direct added value to the economy, while inbound visitors spent an estimated €93m in the Region.
Project Overview: This research examine how the Nine Gateway Towns & Cities are performing against their objectives as set out in the National Spatial Strategy 2002-2020 (the strategy for regional development in Ireland) and evaluates the impact of investment under the National Development Plan and the Regional Operational Programmes for the period 2007-2013. The GDI will be produced in 2008, 2010 and 2013.
This report presents the strategy articulated through the BMW Regional Foresight process, which took place from March to December 2004. The Foresight exercise presented people in the BMW Region with a unique opportunity to express their vision and investment priorities for the region in 2025. It brought together a range of stakeholders from public and private bodies at local, regional and national levels and used future-oriented visioning techniques to identify ambitious and realistic priorities for the region for the next twenty years.
The audit of innovation was conducted to help policy makers understand issues of competitiveness, research and technological adaptation and organisational change in the BMW Region. This involved developing a profile of innovation, identifying or developing appropriate indicators and benchmarking current levels of innovation in the BMW Region against best practice elsewhere. Insights to innovation performance improvement strategies and actions in other regions informed the audit process.The audit also proposed a pilot initiative targeted at small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the region.
This papers outlines the development of a regional SAM for the Border, Midland and
Western (BMW) Region of Ireland, starting with a brief background to regionalisation
and the development of regional policy in Ireland. It then outlines the main features of
SAMs, their potential uses and limitations, the involvement of community actors and
the development of policy scenarios. The fourth section provides an overview of the
development of the SAM project in the BMW Region of Ireland and the challenges
and opportunities ahead.