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Background to the County Development Board
Galway County Development Board (CDB) was established in March 2000, to provide a mechanism for increased co-ordination and co-operation in planning for the social, economic and cultural development of the County and to bring about greater integration among public bodies in the design and delivery of services. There are 34 such Boards nation-wide.
In May 2002, the Board launched its agreed Strategy for Economic, Social and Cultural Development “Working Together Shaping Our Future” 2002- 2012.
The Board was given statutory recognition in the Local Government Act 2001 and there are currently 32 members on the CDB representing Local Government, Local Development, State Agencies, the Community Fora and the Farming, Trade Union and Business sectors. The Chair is provided by an elected Member of Galway County Council. In relation to Local Government involvement a seat is reserved for the Mayor of the County and five seats are reserved for each Chair of the Strategic Policy Committees (SPC’s). In addition, the Mayor of Ballinalsoe Town Council has a seat and a further Local Government seat is rotated between Tuam and Loughrea Town Councils. Facilitation of the Board is provided by staff of Galway County Council’s, Community, Enterprise and Economic Development Unit.