Four years ago I wrote a column in Business Lexington that compared the Kentucky Thoroughbred to the Celtic Tiger. The Irish Economy has obviously had some challenges along with the rest of the world since then, but they can point to some recent successes. More importantly, they have a real plan that focuses a lot on foreign direct investment, strong workforce training, and affordable higher education.
I recently had a chance to talk with Shane Nolan, VP of Content, Consumer and Cleantech of IDA Ireland. He walked me through some of the things Ireland is doing to attract US business - it's not all about taxes. It was nice to learn about what Ireland has done since I last took a look.
It's worth a listen - less than 20 minutes of your time.