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GALWAY, IRELAND - Considered the San Francisco of Europe

From: domainremoved <Jim>
Date: Fri, 1 May 2015 09:32:41 -0400

Honorable Mayor and Council Members,

Below is an article that may be of interest. It is entitled Galway, Ireland the "San Francisco of Europe". You were wise in selecting this as your Friendship City. There is much to learn and share with this world class city. It may be one of the reasons that HEWLETT-PACKARD chose Galway, Ireland as the location for its European Headquarters, along with a host of other multi-national corporations.

In addition, the cultural attractions of Galway, Ireland are many. If you haven't made vacation plans yet for this summer, it may be a destination to consider.

Jim Lewis, Co-Chair
Two Menlos
Menlo Park Historical Association (MPHA)
800 Alma Street, Lower Level
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Telephone (650) 322-2520
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‘San Fran of Europe’
The US Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Kevin O’Malley has backed the idea of Galway being the San Francisco of Europe, saying US multinationals see the city and county as “a hub of innovation”.

Conor Harrington

Wednesday, 29 April 2015
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Mayor of Galway, Cllr Donal Lyons, US Ambassador to Ireland Mr Kevin O'Malley and Galway Chamber President, Mr Frank Greene at the Galway Chamber Business Lunch at Hotel Meyrick on Monday afternoon. Photo: Joe Travers.

The US Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Kevin O’Malley has backed the idea of Galway being the San Francisco of Europe, saying US multinationals see the city and county as “a hub of innovation”.
Mr O’Malley and his wife, Dena, were guests of honour at the Galway Chamber business lunch, which took place in Hotel Meyrick on Monday afternoon.
At the meeting, which was also attended by Galway Chamber President Frank Greene and the Mayor of Galway, Cllr Donal Lyons, Mr O’Malley spoke about the special relationship between the United States and Ireland, and by extension, Galway.
Mr O’Malley said some of the first overseas companies to invest in Galway were American, and US firms continued to invest in Galway, due to its status as “a vibrant and engaging county which boasts a wonderful standard of life for those who work here”.
Echoing the words of Altocloud CEO and former Cisco Vice-President Barry O’Sullivan, Mr O’Malleysaid, “If Ireland is Europe’s new Silicon Valley, Galway is its San Francisco”.
Mr O’Malley said that only five countries in the world had received more US direct investment than Ireland: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
“Total direct investment between our countries not only exceeds but dwarfs our bilateral trade and has been growing by leaps and bounds. It surpassed the $400 billion mark total in 2014,” he said.
“It’s not just the quantity of investment that counts, but the kind. The companies that are investing across the Atlantic in this relationship include many, if not the majority, of the most innovative companies in the world.
“In fact, US companies with strong traditions in Ireland are here in your region, such as Cisco, Electronic Arts and IBM. From visiting US companies around the country, I have seen first-hand how they contribute to local communities such as yours and the sense of pride that their employees take in bringing innovative products and technologies to every corner of the world.”
Mr O’Malley said that many US multinationals had found Ireland to be a key part of their global innovation strategy, citing the recent example of Apple, which is to invest €850 million on a new data centre in Athenry, creating 100 new jobs.
“This shows the confidence US enterprises have in Galway’s position as a hub of innovation as these international brands serve as an attraction to additional overseas companies to potentially locate to the Western region,” he said.
While acknowledging Galway’s status as a tech hub, Mr O’Malley said Galway was a “major player” in the seafood industry and had the potential to develop further.
“With facilities such as the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit in NUI Galway, the importance of coastal and off-shore marine environments has never been clearer. Galway can continue to press forward in confidence in growing the maritime sector, creating excellent produce and sustainable jobs all the while leading the way internationally in both marine research and conservation,” he said.
Mr O’Malley also paid tribute to the spirit of enterprise in Galway, which was inspired by the presence of so many innovative companies here.
“This can be seen through the meteoric rise in the number of med-tech and IT start-ups here. The likes of PolyPico, Element Software and Capsos Medical may yet become major players in their industries in the near future. These start-ups play a key part in the continued rise of this vibrant and engaging county which boasts a wonderful standard of life for those who work here and call it home.”

Galway, Galway Chamber, Hotel Meyrick, Kevin O'Malley, US Ambassador


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