Belfast Telegraph

Delegation to promote north west in Boston and Philly

By Staff Reporter

A cross-border business delegation is taking off on a trade and investment mission to America later this month.

The visit, taking in Boston and Philadelphia, has been organised by Derry and Strabane Council and Donegal County Council to showcase the north west as a prime location to do business.

The delegation will include 15 businesses from the region, officers from both councils as well as representatives from Donegal Local Enterprise Office, the Ulster University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, the Nerve Centre in Londonderry and North West Regional College.

They will meet with the mayors of Philadelphia and Boston and their respective economic development teams.

Several networking events have also been planned including an Ireland North West Showcase event, an Invest NI breakfast and attendance at the Golden Bridges conference at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Centre in Boston.

John Kelpie, chief executive of Derry City and Strabane District, Council added: "The travelling companies will showcase our strong and diverse SME sector who have a global outlook spanning the creative, life science, agri-food and advance manufacturing and engineering industries.

"We will be selling the north west as a vibrant, diverse and resilient region and a compelling and attractive location for investment. We offer a cost-competitive location to do business, a highly-skilled, English-speaking workforce, high-speed broadband and an ambitious investment programme in infrastructure.

"Our councils and businesses enjoy a strong, collaborative and strategic cross-border partnership in a region that is the gateway to one of the world's largest markets."

Meetings will also be held in Philadelphia, including a meeting with Mayor of Philadelphia Senator Jim Kenney.

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