As the primary source of local government funding, the business community’s priorities must become the drivers to ensure that Galway remains a pro-business environment where enterprise flourishes, that is according to president of Galway Chamber Frank Greene.
Mr Greene made the comments when speaking at the recent Galway Chamber summer reception at the Galway Business School in Salthill, an event which was attended by more than 130 people including the Mayor of Galway and An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. Mr Greene said that councillors, when elected, are integral to most of the significant decisions made affecting business life in the city and county and that there is a need for everyone in Galway to collaborate closely to unlock the region’s economic potential.
Mr Greene explained that the Galway Chamber has carried out extensive consultation with members identifying priority areas for local election candidates to support and address when elected. These areas include: Traffic and transport - the Galway City Outer Bypass and the speedy completion of the Shannon/Galway N18; the development of Galway Port as outlined by the Galway Harbour Company; Galway to succeed in its bid to be European Capital of Culture 2020; a reduction in commercial rates, no increase in local property taxes, realistic parking charges; and strategic planning - long-term rejuvenation and redevelopment of Salthill and the city centre, a fair share of FDI, and proper investment in the tourism industry.