CBA looks forward to the launch of CORE

A partnership has been established to manage and promote all aspects of life in Cork city centre.

Details of some €300m of planned and existing public and private sector investment in the heart of the city will also be unveiled at the launch next week of the new group, called Core.

The development of this new management approach to the city centre was one of the key recommendations of the 2014 Cork City Centre Strategy report.

Commissioned by the city council, the plan set out a roadmap to revitalise the city centre through improving the public realm, tackling dereliction, improving transport, and promoting enterprise.

But it also said the establishment of new partnership to manage and market the city centre was crucial.

City Hall has now drawn together key stakeholders including Cork Chamber, Cork Business Association, gardaí, and Bus Éireann, as well as representatives from the vintner, hotels, and retail sectors, to form Core.

Council chief executive Ann Doherty said it will focus on creating opportunities, highlighting positive developments and delivering new initiatives that promote and drive a vibrant city centre.

“It’s about saying yes, the city has been through a few tough years, but there is plenty to be positive about, and we are going to focus on that,” she said.

Existing groups like the business-focused City Centre Forum, which recently piloted the Cork Cashes Out initiative to promote cashless transactions, and which also helped secure a Purple Flag designation for the city’s night-time economy, will continue their work.

However, the Core partnership will take an overall strategic view towards the management and promotion of all aspects of city life.

The promotion of historic areas, including the Hugenot and Shandon quarters, and the emerging Victorian quarter on MacCurtain St, will be a key focus.

“Core means something that is central to existence or character, and certainly Cork city centre is at the heart of a dynamic and vibrant region,” city centre co-ordinator, Paul McGuirk, said.

“This collaboration will see us focusing on the city centre, strategically and operationally, and working to ensure that opportunities are maximised and the city centre achieves and hopefully surpasses its enormous potential.”

The Core partnership launch will take place in City Hall next Thursday as Ms Doherty unveils an update on the 2015/2016 Cork City Centre Action Plan, which will showcase €300m of public and private investment in the city.

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