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Information about Waterford City and County Council's Economic Development Team

Who we are?

Economic Development is a department within Waterford City and County Council that supports businesses in Waterford through grants, tourism, casual trading licenses, city/town center management, business stakeholder engagement and by supporting events that boost Waterford’s economy such as Ireland’s largest Christmas festival; Winterval.

If you are an entrepreneur looking to start a new business we recommend contacting the Local Enterprise Office for start-up support. If you have already done so please feel free to contact us here for any other economic queries or related to our activities listed above.

Waterford Local Enterprise Office

Why Waterford?

If you represent a company looking to invest in Waterford, we recommend getting in contact. As a department within Waterford City and County Council we have contacts with businesses on the ground, a strong knowledge of the local economy, contacts in the regional IDA and Enterprise Ireland offices as well as the means to support your venture in a variety of ways.

Whether it be knowledge, networking or financial supports feel free to contact us.

To learn more about Waterford, read Waterford 2040, a report created by Rikon and commissioned by Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Waterford City and County Council, and South East Technological University illustrating Waterford City’s most recent economic position and future trajectory in terms of growth, investment and development. You can also visit the Waterford 2040 website to learn more.

Waterford 2040 PDF Waterford 2040 Website


Waterford City and County Council has an active tourism team, if you are looking to create a new offering in Waterford’s tourism scene feel free to get in contact. For further information about Waterford’s tourism offering please refer to Visit Waterford. Visit Waterford outlines everything Waterford has to offer to visitors and can also be contacted for further information.

Visit Waterford Website

Rural Economic Development

The Rural Section of Economic Development seeks to work with business interests, communities and relevant partners to improve the economic performance of rural Waterford. Our focus is to unlock rural enterprise initiative, support partnership working and sensitively exploit the economic opportunities for those who live and work in rural areas. This is achieved through the development of local town and village plans and supported through various funding schemes.





Grant and City Centre Queries

Casual Trading and Tramore Queries

Rural Economic and Dungarvan Queries

Investment Queries