Roscommon Chamber of Commerce has received €10,000 in funding under the Local Diaspora Engagement Fund.
Their application, approved by the Department of the Taoiseach, was in respect of funding towards an Ireland West Trade Centre being set up in Providence, Rhode Island, in the US.
The centre comes of foot of an economic agreement signed between Roscommon County Council and other local authorities with Rhode Island.
The Chamber, in conjunction with Chambers of Commerce in Castlebar and Carrick-on-Shannon, submitted applications for funding to the Department of the Taoiseach to assist in the cost associated with the establishment and running of the Ireland West Trade Centre in Providence.
The purpose of the trade centre is to open doors for businesses based in the area to assist and exand their business in the US.
Seán Mahon, the President of Roscommon’s Chamber, said: “It is being done on a regional basis and will offer exciting new opportunities for businesses wishing to expand in the US and perhaps facilitate the diaspora investing back in Roscommon and the wider western region.
“The funding will assist in the cost associated with the employment of an engagement officer who will assist businesses from Roscommon in developing their businesses in the US.”
He said that engagement officer would build networks and have a database of contacts that can be utilised by businesses expanding in the US.
“The centre should also become a vital tool for Roscommon businesses seeking to expand in the US and will facilitate the making of vital contacts for future foreign investment,” Mr. Mahon added.