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Focus on Cork

Building Blocks for Success

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he ITLG’s Global Technology Leaders Summit in January was Ireland’s first business ‘Gathering’ and for host city Cork it was a resounding success. Chief Executive of Cork Chamber of Commerce Conor Healy was instrumental in bringing the event to Cork and he is more convinced than ever that Cork is the ideal place to live, work and play in Ireland. In the wake of recent success we asked Conor how the Technology Leaders Summit positively impacted on the city. “From a local perspective it was a very successful partnership between the city and county councils, with CIT and UCC and with the many businesses that were involved. The level of communication and co-operation was outstanding. Our aim was to raise the profile of Cork as a high performing location for ICT investment and entrepreneurship. We aimed to highlight a greater awareness of the many successful operations in Cork and

of developing new technology companies.” Conor continues, “What we need to do now is to ensure that we follow up on the success of the event which is why we are taking a delegation from Cork to Silicon Valley in May to attend the annual summit in San Jose”. Traveling with Healy will be representatives from the city and county councils, from the mayor and city manager’s office and from UCC and CIT. “We are hoping to build on the relationship and links already established and continue to represent Cork as the ideal place to invest and do business,” he explains. “The relationship was firmly cemented when Mayor Ed Lee from our twin city of San Francisco visited with a delegation of business leaders. They spent a week in Cork understanding what is on offer here. Going forward we hope to build on these links and ultimately we hope for new investment in the region”. Healy recognises the importance of direct

transatlantic links between the west coast and Cork and to this end he is actively lobbying airlines and government to show them that there is a market for this service. He also stresses that it is important for the Irish government to continue with initiatives that promote American investment in Ireland. This has already been very successful in attracting blue chip companies such as Apple and VM Ware into the region. The business market in Cork is strong and there is significant availability of well educated and trained workers with an excellent quality of living in beautiful surroundings. Healy describes it as a “compelling work life balance”. Certainly Conor Healy is a man on a mission and with his verve for life and unlimited enthusiasm for his city, he makes a compelling argument for settling and investing in Cork. www.corkchamber.ie

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