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San Francisco mayor welcomed on Leeside

Tuesday, 19th September, 2017 10:37am

San Francisco's partnership with Cork will lead to increased economic development between the two cities.

That was the sentiment of the San Francisco's Mayor this morning as he continues with his Cork visit. Cork Chamber this morning welcomed the Mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee and his delegation to Cork at a breakfast briefing in the Kingsley Hotel.

The group represents one of the largest delegations that has ever visited from Cork’s sister-city of San Francisco. 

Mayor Lee is spending four days in Cork at a series of business and cultural engagements, including participating in the UNESCO conference on learning cities that is being hosted this week by Cork City Council.

Welcoming Mayor Lee to Cork, Chamber President Bill O’Connell spoke about the strong links that are shared by our business communities. He said: “Cork’s relationship with the US west coast extends from the San Francisco Bay Area into Silicon Valley, and there are currently over 30 companies from the wider state of California with a presence in Cork.  

“Companies from San Francisco have been investing in Cork since our very first foreign direct investment (FDI) investment from Apple in the 1980s, and have been particularly instrumental in growing the tech and life sciences clusters here in Cork.  

“It is positive to note that more recently, the flow of investments is also starting to reverse, with Cork companies such as Voxpro and PCH establishing a presence on the west coast in the last decade. 

“Cork Chamber particularly looks forward to working with our sister chamber in San Francisco to continue building closer relationships between our business communities in the future,” he concluded.  

Addressing the guests, Mayor Lee talked about his vision for the future of San Francisco. 

He said: “Innovation is the result of great collaboration, and we know our partnership with Cork will lead to increased economic development between our two cities. We look forward to fostering the ongoing growth of our shared businesses communities while continuing to share best practices for supporting innovation and ingenuity.”

The event was sponsored by NGINX, a San Francisco technology company that has recently opened its EMEA headquarters in Cork. 

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