The Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy (USEFE) Project is a joint initiative between Bord Na Mona, the ESB and Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon Local Authorities. The purpose of this initiative is to show how business led regional development can lead to economic growth and job creation across Leitrim, Roscommon, Cavan and Longford. USEFE is involved with a number of different sectors such as:

  • Food Sector
  • Forestry & Energy Sector
  • Tourism Sector
  • Creative Sector
  • Manufacturing Sector
  • Pharma/Healthcare Sector
  • Diaspora Sector

The objectives of the project are as follows:

  • Proactively assist regional economic development through the engagement of key businesses and regional stakeholders in order to identify advantages, synergies and opportunities.
  • Facilitate existing and develop new enterprise sector groups to deliver on the advantages, synergies and opportunities for the region through networking, shared resources, economies of scale, cross sectoral engagement and individual projects.
  • Promote the region internally and externally in order to maximize the region's economic potential based on its key advantages, capacities and opportunities and through active engagement with wider economic initiatives and funding opportunities.
  • Foster an even stronger spirit of entrepreneurship in the USEFE region by sharing knowledge, experience and expertise between the various participating businesses.
  • Ensure that there is an effective and co-ordinated executive support system in place to maximise the potential of the initiative, and to secure further participation of businesses across the region.

USEFE Brochure 2015.pdf (size 6.4 MB)

Launch of Phase II of Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy Project

Phase II of the Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy initiative was officially launched in Carrick On Shannon on the 29th of June 2015 by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innvoation, Richard Bruton, T.D. The Minister was joined at the launch by more than 70 businesses across counties Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon. The six funding partners were also in attendance at the official launch of the project which not alone showcased the jobs being created in the region but also identified the need for everyone to work together to generate more.












  • EU Sturctural Fund
  • European Union