Silicon Valley Technology Summit
REAPING REWARDS FOR FINGAL
After months of hard work and planning, the ITLG Global Summit that took place in Fingal on 25-26th May 2015 has been declared a great success. The event saw elite business and technology leaders from Silicon Valley visit Fingal for an intensive two day event.
“We seized the opportunity to promote Fingal to this highly influential audience. We used every moment of the trip to showcase Fingal as a place in which to invest, work and live.” explained Fingal Chief Executive Paul Reid. “We know that Fingal has natural advantages over other locations and it was our responsibility to educate and inform our visitors as to the advantages of locating here.”
The accessibility of the region by air and sea with a wealth of high quality carriers is essential. The infrastructure of the region means that Fingal has the broadband, water, energy and road network needed to support investment by industry. Ireland is ranked first in the world for availability of skilled labour and Fingal has a young and highly educated population.
Director of Economic Development Ethna Felten continued “Fingal has these attributes and these are hugely important to companies seeking to locate in Europe. Our message to the visiting ITLG business leaders was that Fingal is the natural location in which to invest and that Fingal County Council Economic Development team are in place to support companies investing here”
Entrepreneurs from all over Ireland travelled to the Summit to hear international speakers talking about the changes and developments that will overtake the technology sector in the coming years.
Global business leaders, both established and emerging, saw Fingal at its best this week. Key people such as Margaret Burgraff of Intel, Paul Noglows of Forbes “Reinventing America” and Nora Khaldi of Nuritas not only heard about what Fingal has to offer but experienced it for themselves.
Fingal County Council were delighted to partner with Fingal Dublin Chamber on the planning and delivery of this programme and acknowledged particularly the personal commitment of Chamber CEO Tony Lambert.
Tony explained “In addition to showcasing infrastructure, it was important to showcase life in Fingal because great quality of life is important to international companies in attracting and retaining the best staff for their business. We ensured that the schedule of activities highlighted the great quality of life that we enjoy here in Fingal. In addition to the intensive investment day at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and the high tech summit at DCU we enjoyed leisure time in Swords on the first evening and a very special visit to Malahide Castle on the second.”
Fingal County Council took the opportunity to give these highly influential delegates a sneak preview of the Dublin Enterprise Zone. Due to officially launch next month, the Dublin Enterprise Zone consists of over 700 hectares of undeveloped, zoned and serviced land. It also boasts 20 business parks, 800 companies, nearly 17,000 employees and 1.18million m2 of building floor area. Paul Reid continued:
“Once launched, The Dublin Enterprise Zone will be a huge asset to Fingal in attracting both Irish and international investment. So it was vital that we used the ITLG Global Summit as an opportunity to promote this. All of the conditions in Fingal are right for investment. The economy is not only recovering but performing well. Our highly educated population are an incredible asset. Our accessibility and infrastructure are second to none. Fingal truly is a world class location in which to invest, work and live and this is a message that we delivered again and again to these influential global business leaders. The relationships that we have built with these leaders will continue to grow and strengthen in the coming months and will reap rewards for Fingal in the fullness of time.”
The ITLG Global Summit was planned and managed by Fingal County Council in collaboration with their key strategic partner Fingal Dublin Chamber and supported by DCU and the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.
Established in 2007, the ITLG is a group of executives and technology leaders in Silicon Valley who are Irish or Irish American, each of whom are committed to helping Irish start up companies.
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Margaret Burgraff of Intel makes a compelling point in the Big Data panel
John Hartnett sets out the vision for the 2015 ITLG Global Summit
Chris Boody, Chamber President Siobhan Kinsella, Dr Craig Barrett, Mayor Cllr Mags Murray, Tanaiste Joan Burton and Paul Reid at ITB
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