Smart Villages Rural Development LEADER Training – Expression of Interest now open!

North Tipperary Development Corporation (NTDC)— in collaboration with Shannon University of Technology (TUS) — announced the roll-out of a pilot suite of LEADER training courses on rural development Smart Villages in September/October and November/December 2022.

The training will be given to communities in the Nenagh, Newport and Roscrea area and NTDC is now accepting expressions of interest from community groups in this area.

Operating at both national and European level, the Smart Villages initiative aims to enable rural communities to use innovative and technical solutions to improve their resilience by developing an overarching strategic plan that builds on the strengths, assets and local opportunities; it will allow interpretation and response tailored to local needs.

Communities of smart citizens, businesses and public administrations are necessary for long-term development through investments in networking and cooperation between all stakeholders.

The training program introduces the basic concepts of the EU smart village methodology: leveraging local assets, communication strategies, valuing local human resources, community planning and regional collaboration.

It will be delivered over 4 weeks and will address thematic areas such as:

• Introduction to smart village concepts
• Local resource/stakeholder profiling and co-creation of plans
• Goal setting and project planning
• Metrics, data and digital tools
• Communications, co-creation, collaboration and coordination of volunteers
• Smart Villages Plan

Interested community groups can request an expression of interest form from NTDC by email [email protected] or by calling (067) 56676.

The deadline for returning completed expression of interest forms is September 8, 2022.

Further information is available at https://www.ntdc.ie/news/

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