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Invest NI

Opportunity Knocks Invest NI is capturing attention - the attention of Silicon Valley Executives and pushing the message that Northern Ireland has much to offer including the best in engineering talent

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oston has grabbed the global headlines over the past month because of the terrible atrocity of the marathon bombing and the heartache this act of cowardice caused to its people. However, in the days and weeks that followed, stories of bravery from survivors dominated the news and it is that fighting spirit which people associate with this fine city. These characteristics also define all of the people who work in the city and right in the heart of Boston you will find the offices of Invest Northern Ireland where the team are displaying the same fighting spirit and working exceptionally hard - and successfully - to position Northern Ireland to the fore as leaders in the ICT world. It is a team spearheaded by executive

vice-president Gary Hanley, an expert in the ICT industry in the US having held positions of leadership in companies such as Sun Microsystems, GTE (now Verizon) and EMC.

Attracting Investment Principally supporting business in the manufacturing and tradable services sector, Invest NI aims to grow the Northern Irish economy by helping new and existing business to compete internationally and by attracting new investment into Northern Ireland. With 13 offices in Europe, the Middle East, China, Japan and the US, it works with many organizations at local, national and international levels. Possibly one of the most influential organizations which Invest NI has created an alliance with is the Irish

Technology Leadership Group (ITLG). According to Hanley the relationship with the ITLG has proven to be a springboard for the work of Invest NI in securing investment for the area and creating a series of networks that are pushing the name of Northern Ireland to the fore and to the influential minds in Silicon Valley. “Well we have been involved with the ITLG from the very start and the relationship has been nothing but positive for us,” reflected Hanley. “I had just been in my position for six months and I could see the financial success other cities were enjoying so I thought it was a great idea to become part of this network. “ITLG President John Hartnett has been so supportive and from the very first event he has embraced our work and ensured that we have Silicon Valley Global | 151

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