The Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC)
The Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC) is a long-term collaborative-initiative that brings together businesses, community, higher education, national and local government in nine counties along the Western seaboard stretching from Kerry to Donegal.
The aim is to build and increase collaboration within the AEC that maximises its assets, attracts investment and creates jobs and prosperity in the region.
The partnership driven by the AEC Taskforce aims to nurture entrepreneurialism and innovation, encourage infrastructural investment, attract foreign direct investment and support indigenous companies with global ambitions.
The region represented by the AEC has a total population of 1.7 million people and is home to a wide range of successful businesses, including ambitious start-ups, established multinationals, and indigenous Irish firms prospering in global markets. The region boasts a number of higher education institutions producing a steady supply of graduates across a wide range of industries, making it an ideal location for enterprises wishing to tap into a high skilled workforce.
The Irish Government has recognised the importance and potential of the AEC in Project Ireland 2040, the over-arching national policy that provides a framework for-long term planning and investing in Ireland’s future. The development of the AEC is central to both the Northern and Western Region and the Southern Region and features prominently in both the National Planning Framework and the National Development Plan.
Each Local Authority within the AEC has appointed an AEC Officer to support and progress the work of the AEC Taskforce.