The importance of water for the Midlands economy will be addressed at a landmark seminar, which will take place in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Thursday, September 18.

The ‘Water for Growth’ seminar is a one-day event that will feature public suppliers (including Irish Water), private users (including Diageo), environmentalists, economists and government representatives. The seminar will be chaired by Newstalk’s Jonathan McCrea and intends to bring a new understanding of the centrality of water to the economic prospects of the Midlands.

One of the key speakers, Dr. Edgar Morgenroth, Associate Research Professor with The Economic and Social Research Institute and Trinity College Dublin will outline how the region’s water supply will drive growth, employment, services and housing. The professor will give an assessment of the potential benefits for the midlands, which is well resourced with raw water resources.

Announcing the seminar Bord na Móna CEO Gabriel D’Arcy said: “There is undoubtedly a great potential for economic growth if we manage the Midland region’s abundance of what is a very valuable natural resource. I know business people, community leaders and potential investors will find what is discussed at the forthcoming conference to be a valuable insight on the future profile of the Midlands economy.”