Most of us have that visual confirmation of the decline and dereliction of many once vibrant towns and villages in Mayo.
In past decade there has been closures of Garda stations, Local Post offices, and amalgamation of National schools. In more recent times local Bank branch closures are announced. This is not scaremongering but a realistic view of actuality.
The recent Covid impact and the ongoing economic decline questions the effectiveness of the traditional development measures.
Community development has been an integral component of Rural Ireland for decades. The is a Social aspect, meals on wheels, Rural Link, where the value of the mostly voluntary, input , will never be fully appreciated.
The Economic impact has an equally impressive track record, embracing credit unions, community halls, local sports facilities.
The proposed fight is to regain the local Mayo economy, address local needs and deliver local solutions.
The proposal is a countywide, community led, economic development campaign.
The upsurge in online, ecommerce is a growth sector that continues to spike. What is overlooked is the considerable outflow of money from Mayo
One of the early initiatives is the introduction of Mayoplus is an ecommerce platform that offers cost effective, managed access to online markets. Log on for your free listing. www.mayoplus.ie.
Discussions are ongoing to introduce a county wide economic development network for the county. This is driven by local, community needs. V.I.P. (Visitor Information Points) introduces a community based, county wide virtual tourist information network.
It is intended that Second and Third level online courses are available for local distribution
Critical inputs will be sought from chambers of commerce, local business organizations, credit unions, established community organizations and local media. There is a critical need to involve the younger generation, students, youth groups.
LEO, LEADER, TEAGASC, Udaras, CUA,Mayo ETB, Independent Operations Management, DRCD, WDC, NWRA are in various levels of discussion and participation
Mayoplus Fighting for the Future