Chambers Ireland will host a virtual roundtable to discuss best practice in the re-opening of sustainable cities and communities, and how local economies can be supported to thrive. The discussion will follow the launch of a new Guide to Best Practice by Local Authorities in safely re-opening towns and cities across Ireland.
The roundtable will consist of two one-hour sessions.
The first session will focus on Sustainable Urban Spaces and Supporting Local Economies. Panelists include Mags Downey (CEO of Ballina Chamber) to talk about their Greening Ballina work, Marian O'Donnell (Media Manager at Dublin Chamber) on their 15 Minute Cities research, Sharon O'Gara (RIAI) speaking about her work as an architect with Kildare County Council and local projects to support towns and village, and Ken Tobin (CEO of Tralee Chamber who will moderate the session).
The second session will focus on using Culture and Age Friendly Design to Support Sustainable Towns and Cities. Panelists include Margaret O'Brien (CEO of Ennis Chamber) who will talk about the work in Ennis and their recent Drain Art Project, Aaron Copeland (Creative Director at A Playful City) on their work to promote age-friendly design, Paul McGuirk (Head of Enterprise at LEO Cork City) to talk about Cork City Council’s Place-making Fund, and Kenny Deery (CEO of Galway Chamber) who will moderate the session and bring the perspective of Galway, as outgoing European city of Culture.
Annmarie Farrelly (Chief Executive of Fingal County Council and Chair of CCMA Business, Enterprise, Innovation and Urban/Town Economic Renewal Committee) will close the afternoon's proceedings and will speak about the work of the CCMA and local authorities to make our town and city centres more sustainable, the importance of collaboration and consultation in these projects, and the value of sustainable, inclusive urban spaces to local economies.