If you or any of your colleagues are commuting from Athy for work please take part in a short, ten question online survey
One of the objectives of the Athy Regeneration Plan is to generate more employment in the town of Athy which has not experienced a growth in employment like the other four Municipal Districts in Co. Kildare. The North Kildare Chamber in conjunction with the Athy Enterprise Network* is currently conducting a survey of people who live in the town and commute elsewhere for work. This is to identify the skill base available to be used by the IDA to attract potential employers to the town.
At a presentation to October’s Athy ‘First Friday’ Chamber networking lunch, Conor Simpson, the IDA Mideast Manager, stressed the importance of obtaining such data. He advised, “firms are looking to locate satellite or branch offices away from urban locations such as Dublin City Centre and Government policy is to facilitate reverse commuting whereby hundreds of thousands of workers are travelling long distances to and from Dublin each day.
Alan Wright of the Commerce + Enterprise Sub-committee of the Athy Enterprise Network commented, “the most recent available statistics indicate that 44% of the working population living in Athy commute to work areas outside the town. We would like to gather some information from these people to help us to achieve our objective of identifying the skills available in Athy and communicating this to employers to consider Athy as a location for establishing a new business, relocating an existing business or perhaps opening a regional office.”
Adrian Conlan added, “the survey is just ten questions only takes a minute to complete.”
All Athy commuters are requested to take part.and it may be accessed at this link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/Athy_Commuter_Survey
*The Athy Regeneration Plan was commissioned by the Athy Enterprise Network and published late last year to encourage Local Enterprise and Commerce in the town. The Athy Enterprise Network is made up of representatives of the Athy Lions Club, Athy Enterprise Company, Kildare County Council, Kildare Leader Partnership and the Athy and North Kildare Chamber of Commerce