WORK is underway on a plan to kick start economic development in Portlarington that would tackle unemployment in the town.
To get local input into the project a consultation meeting is to be hosted next week by the Portarlington Community Development Association, (PCDA) in collaboration with the list of stakeholders to produce a new plan for Portarlington, with a strategy of job creation.
Carol Slattery, is PCDA chairperson. She said the aim was to find local solutions to the unemployment problems rather than relying on a multi-million investment which was unlikely to materialise. The chairperson said the plan would also be used to give a new direction to the PCDA which wants to put employment at the core of its work for Port.
The project is being modelled on similar initiatives in Tralee and Newry. An expert from Northern Ireland is helping with the project which is being driven by Seamus Keogh and Cecilia Deverell.
The meeting is being organised in conjunction with a Steering Committee is composed representatives from the following: Laois & Offaly County Council, Laois Partnership Company, Offaly Local Development Company, Portarlington Enterprise Centre, Portarlington Jobs Club, Portarlington Credit Union, Portarlington Traders and PCDA.
The meeting takes place on Tuesday, February 15 at 8pm in Portarlington Community Centre.