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26/09/2021

Derry's Mayor John Boyle heading on joint trade and investment mission to Philadelphia and Boston next month

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“The North West City region is open for business” that’s the collective message a high level trade and investment delegation from Derry, Strabane and Donegal heading to Boston next month.

Atlantic Hub, Joule Group, Northern Ireland Clinical Research Sciences, Automated Control Systems, Baronscourt Brewing Company and Bridie Mullin Ltd. from the Derry and Strabane area will  be taking part, alongside  third level and further education providers and development organisations from across the North West and representatives from Derry City and Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council.

The trade and investment mission will run from 12 to 16 November visiting both Philadelphia and Boston, and will build on the strong political, economic and cultural linkages already established in both cities with the North West City region and will also be an ideal opportunity for both Councils to reach out to the Irish diaspora.

Mayor John Boyle said: “This trade mission is a great opportunity for businesses that are looking to meet key contacts, explore and understand opportunities in the US Market and tap into cross-sector, cross-border collaborative opportunities with the support of both Councils.

“The businesses participating in this year’s trade mission will showcase the ambitious, diverse, resilient and outward looking nature of our SME sector in Ireland Northwest.”

This visit is part of the ongoing positive work being done by the two Councils to establish strong economic development links and initiatives in the US and will build on the work done over the last number of years in promoting the North West region as an attractive investment proposition, and on developing new market and network opportunities for businesses from Donegal, Derry and Strabane areas.

John Kelpie, Chief Executive Derry City & Strabane District Council says: “We are profiling Ireland NorthWest as an investment location and are promoting this cross-border gateway region’s unique economic, social, cultural and environmental assets. The strength of the region is underpinned by a collaborative approach which sees agencies and local stakeholders working together with the support of central government departments on both sides of the border.”

Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, says: "The strong collaborative working relationship between the two Councils has been very successful to date in advancing the message that Ireland Northwest is an accessible, connected and business friendly gateway region with a vision for great international impact. This is underpinned by an ambitious investment programme in infrastructure, research, innovation and skills to ensure the region remains cost competitive and well resourced.”  

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