Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Titanic Quarter gets ready to wow Wall Street's finest

Irish America Magazine’s Patricia Harty, Invest NI’s Gary Hanley and the Titanic Quarter’s Michael Graham stand alongside Declan Kelly, U.S. Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland ahead of the Wall Street 50 bash

Belfast's Titanic Quarter is to co-host an awards ceremony in New York honouring the top Irish Americans in the financial services industry.

Invest NI will also co-host the Wall Street 50 ceremony on September 20 with Irish America magazine.

A spokesman for US Economic Envoy Declan Kelly said he invited Titanic Quarter and Invest NI to get involved in support of the overall US economic mission to Northern Ireland.

This year's ceremony will honour Robert J McCann, president and chief executive of UBS Wealth Management Americas.

Mr McCann is also a director of the American Ireland Fund and chairman of a committee set up by Mr Kelly to find corporate sponsors for Northern Ireland placement candidates.

Mr Kelly said: "This event demonstrates the strong role Irish Americans continue to play on Wall Street and I am very pleased to say that many members of the US working group supporting our economic mission to Northern Ireland are among the past award winners.

"Invest Northern Ireland and the Titanic Quarter each play important roles in attracting new foreign direct investment to Northern Ireland and their partnership with Irish America Magazine provides a very valuable opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland as part of our ongoing strategic investment and development plan."

Michael Graham, Titanic Quarter's director of corporate real estate, said: "Given that Titanic Quarter now benefits from Europe's fastest fibre optic link to North America, we believe that the 600,000 sq ft centre will be a major draw for inward investors and jobs. We're delighted with this opportunity to showcase Belfast's agile workspace and talent in the heart of Wall Street."

He said Titanic Quarter was working on plans to create Northern Ireland's first financial services centre.

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