Fingal hosts ITLG Global Summit

You have arrived in Fingal“The months of hard work that have gone into planning this event will reap rewards for Fingal in the months and years ahead” declared Paul Reid, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council. His comments came in the wake of the highly successful ITLG Global Summit hosted in Fingal on 25-26th May.

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.”

Fingal has natural advantages over other locations. 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.

“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” continued Director of Economic Development Ethna Felten.

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.

Tony Lambert of Fingal Dublin Chamber explained “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. 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.”

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. WhiteLight Consulting were delighted to be the Event Management team for this prestigious event.

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