Kerry has been awarded the prestigious title of European Entrepreneurial Region of the Year 2011 at a ceremony hosted by the EU Committee of the Regions (CoR) in Brussels today.
“We are delighted that Co Kerry has received this award. It is recognition of the vision, hard work and partnership approach by IT, Tralee, Shannon Development, the County Council and Kerry’s thriving entrepreneurial community,” said County Manager Tom Curran.
“Kerry now has an international reputation as a hub of innovation and enterprise and we are confident that the county can be a role model for Ireland’s economic recovery.”
The European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) award is designed to identify and reward EU regions with outstanding entrepreneurial vision and to encourage local and regional authorities to do more to promote small business across Europe. Kerry was one of just three regions in all 27 EU states to receive the accolade, along with Brandenburg, Germany and Murcia in Spain.
Launched in October, the EER award is open to every region in Europe, regardless of its size, population and wealth. Applications were sought from all over Europe and the successful submission that won the Award was made jointly by the Institute of Technology, Tralee and Shannon Development, who share a joint campus at Kerry Technology Park. Kerry was selected based on the quality, efficacy and long-term success of its entrepreneurial vision.
Taoiseach Brian Cowen welcomed today’s announcement, saying he was “delighted” at the news.
“I congratulate all associated with this very positive announcement.”