New IDA manager to drive employment in the Mid West

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William (Will) Corcoran, IDA Business Development Manager for the Mid West Region.

AN IDA Ireland executive will move from Denver Colorado to Limerick where he will take on the role of Business Development Manager for the Mid West Region.

A native of County Tipperary, William (Will) Corcoran has worked in the San Francisco Bay area for nine years, in the areas of trade development, sales and, most recently, as sales and marketing executive with IDA Ireland.

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From his base outside Denver, he was responsible for the content, consumer, business services and technology portfolios in Colorado.

A New York qualified attorney-at-law, Will holds a Bachelor degree in Law and European Studies from the University of Limerick.

He is the third regional manager appointed for the Mid West in as many years, replacing Edna McLoughlin who left the position last year after taking over from Niall O’Callaghan who is now chief executive of Shannon Heritage.

The position has been left vacant for the past nine months.

The Mid West Region comprises counties Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary where there are 125 IDA client companies  collectively employ 18,948.

Over the past four years, the IDA has gained a substantial number of foreign investments for the Mid-West region, particularly in Limerick City. They represent a combination of new name investments, expansions from existing overseas companies in Ireland and R&D investments.

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan said: “The Mid West Region is one of Ireland’s fastest growing regions for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Since the launch of our strategy Winning 2015-2019 there has been an unprecedented series of investments. Will has the right breadth and scope of experience for this important role and I believe he will be a significant asset to us in working to attract further investment to the Mid West Region.”

The new regional manager, who will be based in the agency’s Mid West IDA offices on the National Business & Technology Park in Limerick, is looking forward to taking up the role.

“I’m delighted and looking forward to beginning the all-important engagement with regional stakeholders and future collaboration with them. The Mid West is a vibrant and dynamic region these days having seen substantial Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in recent years. Clusters have developed in Life Sciences, Technology and Financial Services, generating significant employment.

“The region has a strong value proposition thanks to its accessibility and connectivity, excellent third level institutes UL and LIT, its strong skills pool and the availability of good property solutions for potential investors.

“Even so, competition for Foreign Direct Investment continues to be fierce and all investment is hard won. Winning new investment for the Mid West will be a challenge, but one I relish,” he concluded.

by Tom McCullough
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