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Cork Delegation to strengthen business ties with San Francisco

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Terry Shannon and Cork Chamber held a joint press briefing on Wednesday, 28 March to outline details of the forthcoming joint delegation to San Francisco aimed at strengthening political, cultural, economic and educational ties between both cities.

The Lord Mayor will lead the delegation on a four day visit to Cork’s twin city of San Francisco and Silicon Valley between April 1and April 6 2012.

Speaking in advance of the departure of the delegation the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Terry Shannon, stated:

“In addition to the City Council, Cork Chamber, University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology will also participate. The primary focus will be on building business and education links between Cork and this part of the West Coast. Each participating organization will lead activities in its area of interest. I am confident that the visit will build on the good work carried out to date by the twinning committees in San Francisco and Cork and cement the political, economic and educational ties between both cities”.

The delegation includes Mr. Tim Lucey, Cork City Manager; Mr. John Mullins, President of Cork Chamber; Mr. Conor Healy, CEO, Cork Chamber; Ms. Louise Tobin, Director of International Student Recruitment and Strategy, University College Cork; Dr. Niall Smith, Head of Research, Cork Institute of Technology; Mr. Pat Ledwidge, Director, Strategic Planning and Economic Development, Cork City Council; Ms. Noreen Mulcahy, Twinning Officer, Cork City Council.

The first day will include a meeting with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco-Cork Sister City Committee followed by an in-depth focus on information technology and digital media co-operation opportunities.

The second day will be spent in meetings with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, followed by visits to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Port of San Francisco.

The remainder of the time will mostly concentrate on the Silicon Valley area south of San Francisco. Meetings have been arranged with Cisco, Irish Technology Leadership Group and the Irish Development Agencies – IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. University College Cork will host an information evening on Thursday April 5th for prospective students and parents. The visit ends on April 5

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