The 250 high-skilled jobs promised for Castlebar earlier this week are to be filled over the next three years, according the founder of the company overseeing the development of a hub in Castlebar.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny attended the launch of the Global Sustainability Initiative in Washington DC on Monday.
GSI will involve a number of companies working in a hub location in Castlebar to develop sustainable business models in the developing world.
The project is being overseen by OpenSparkz, a company that sources capital for sustainable business models.
Castlebar Chamber of Commerce welcomed the announcement for the town.
“This will give a great boast to the local economy not just with job creation but also in the construction and the fit-out phase of the factory,” said Sylvester Jennings, president of Castlebar Chamber..
“This is another indication of how attractive Castlebar is as a location for businesses to set-up their operations. Castlebar Chamber will continue to work with the government agencies in attracting more business into the town.”
OpenSparkz says it is in the process of bringing 10 companies together to work at the Castlebar facility.
The companies will be working with local landowners in Africa initially on projects which are aimed at making a lasting positive change in the communities in which they operate.
Forty per cent of profits generated by the companies will be re-invested in the local communities in which they operate.
The companies will work in areas such as food research, energy, and waste management.
Speaking shortly after the announcement, OpenSparkz founder Declan Conway said he expects the jobs to be filled over the next three years.