As Irish Network USA counts down the weeks to our National Conference in San Francisco, we are delighted to announce that the Cork Chamber of Commerce will be supporting INUSA ’16. The Chamber is part of a delegation of business and government leaders from Cork that will be in San Francisco the same week, and INUSA ’16 attendees will have an opportunity to meet and network with the group at the conference.
Commenting on their participation, Cork Chamber President Barrie O’Connell said, “Cork Chamber is delighted to be participating in the INUSA conference in San Francisco this year. The conference is timely for us as we were recently successful in securing support from the Department of the Taoiseach’s Local Diaspora Engagement Fund for a project called ‘Connecting Cork’, which aims to proactively engage our international business diaspora through a series of activities that will ultimately result in more effective long-term engagement. This initiative will not only create a greater awareness among our diaspora of the business environment and investment opportunities that exist in the Cork region, but also allow us to better understand the needs and interests of our international diaspora, so that we might be responsive to their queries and assist them in identifying strategic business contacts in Cork.”
CEO of Cork Chamber Conor Healy, added, “Cork and San Francisco have been twinned since 1984 and the sister-city relationship is extremely important to both cities. The Chamber is keen to support and drive further business connections between the two cities in the coming years. During our week in San Francisco we will be working to improve the communication channels with our global business diaspora, and looking for opportunities to develop ideas around collaborative projects. As part of our Connecting Cork project we hope to make our Irish communities abroad feel more engaged with the Cork business community and promote initiatives that will result in the positive economic development of the Cork region.”
“Cork has become a hub for innovative companies, is working hard to engage with its Diaspora around the globe, and, through their Sister City relationship, already have long- standing bonds with the Global Irish that call San Francisco home,” stated Steve Lenox, President, Irish Network USA. “We are thrilled to welcome this delegation, including the Cork Chamber of Commerce, to INUSA16!”
“As proud as I am to tell people I am from Ireland, I am just as proud to tell people that my roots are in Cork,” stated Ashlinn Marron, Board Member, IN Bay Area. “While Tony Bennett crooned about leaving his heart in San Francisco, my heart will always be in Cork, and I am excited that INUSA16 will give me an opportunity to celebrate that and recommit to strengthening the bonds that exist between these two great cities.”