Project ACT – Activating County Towns

Project Description

With remote working at an all-time high, Cork County Council has launched a new initiative to identify existing employment skills and talent across Cork County and use this data to deliver further resources and create greater economic opportunities.

Under the Council’s Project ACT Activating County Towns, 23 newly formed Town Teams are working on individual plans for 23 County Cork towns to stimulate and support economic growth. A key part of this is the establishment of micro communities which will facilitate a ‘support local’ ethos of living and working within these towns. Cork County Council is also in the process of exploring the location of a number of digital hubs across the county to enable remote working with these towns with data collected from this initiative informing the location of these hubs.

Working with Cork County Council, Irish Startup Company Abodoo provide a dedicated remote working platform for individuals and businesses. Their mapping technology will provide an ongoing live anonymised data analysis of the skills existing in Cork County, for those currently residing, the diaspora wishing to return, individuals wishing to relocate and businesses wishing to establish.

The platform will also act as a means of trying to establish the extent of those remotely working presently, as a means of assisting in establishing the longer term opportunities that this might present for towns and communities across Cork County.

Members of the public are being asked to assist in the creation of the talent and remote working map by registering their skills set at  Information provided in the project will not include any personally identifiable material and will capture key data points for remote and office working.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Ian Doyle noted how the last number of weeks have seen a complete shift in working arrangements,

“The Covid 19 pandemic has changed our lives in every way, the way we live and the way we work.  If we can identify where individuals want to work, we can ensure the supports they need exist in order to fulfill current requirements but also to future proof our way of working.  Project ACT is a key plan for our future success and I would encourage those working across Cork County to participate in the initiative so that we can get a full picture of the skills and talent of our most vital resource, our people.”

According to Abodoo CEO Vanessa Tierney,

“This project will give Cork County amazing insight to the skills that exist in the region across all industries and the demand for Smart Working. Ultimately having the latest data intelligence on wealth of skills will put the county in a strong position when attracting employers both in Ireland and internationally as the world embraces a new way of working.”

Abodoo captures over 50,000 skills and helps organisations identify their current and future talent, helping them better identify the talent they wish to attract and to be more informed about where they can start hiring more people if they wish to do so. The initial stages of the project will include an education and awareness campaign in digital and social media. The project has now been launched and Cork County residents are invited to register their skills at and follow the campaign on Social Media using the hashtag #corkproud.


Source: Cork County Council news (