Western Development Commission

The Western Development Commission (WDC) is the statutory body set up to promote economic and social development in the Western Region of Ireland (Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Galway and Clare).

The WDC has the following strategic goals:

  • Drive the growth of the rural economy based on the sustainable Strategic development of the Western Region’s strengths and resources.
  • Provide risk capital to SMEs and social enterprises in their start-up and expansion phases and micro-loans to the Creative Industries sector through the WDC Investment Fund.
  • Inform policy-making on economic and social development in the Western Region through high quality analysis.
  • Promote the benefits of living, working and doing business in the Western Region www.lookwest.ie

The WDC’s focus remains on collaborating with regional, national and international partners to enable job and enterprise growth in the Western Region. We develop projects in key areas such as tourism, creative industries, marine, renewable energy, technology and organic agri-food, and many more sectors identified for expansion.

By working closely with national government, we’ll ensure that government policy is directed at improving the social and economic situation in the region. In terms of financial assistance, we operate the Western Investment Fund (WIF) to provide loans and equity to business and local communities in the West

To date, we have launched many successful project initiatives focussing on specific economic growth goals and objectives. These have channelled significant funds into key regional sectors, supporting both employment and enterprise development.

RASLRES and Biopad were launched in recent years to harness the collective movement towards the use and application of Bioenergy.

My Creative Edge is a creative services directory designed to help people find that ideal creative partner, service provider or even unique gift in selected regions of countries in Northern Europe. MyCreativeEdge is funded under the EU Northern Periphery Programme (NPP) 2007-2013.

LookWest.ie focuses on promoting the Western region as a great place to live, work, invest and visit.

To find out more, please visit www.wdc.ie