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Under the SelectUSA program the U.S. Commercial Service organized a Single Location Promotion for Texas Secretary of State, Nandita Berry and a delegation of 14 Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Corporations. A total of 30 Irish companies participated in the half-day seminar to hear presentations by Secretary Berry and members of the delegation. Chargé d’affaires Stuart Dwyer performed the opening remarks for the event. We look forward to following up with the Texas delegates and with the Irish companies to track investment successes.

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The U.S. Commercial Service Dublin supported Massachusetts and Cape Cod tourism at the Irish Bloom Festival on June 7th.  The flower and plant festival included a show garden entitled “Cape Cod Escape” by Irish designer Joan Mallon who won a Silver Medal award for her creation.  Head of Section, Finola Cunningham visited the garden which was inspired by a trip to Boston and Cape Cod in June, 2013.  The garden was designed to portray the history and heritage of the Cape Cod maritime environment and the New England region.  The designer worked in cooperation with the Irish representative for Massachusetts Tourism and local U.S. specialist tour operator Sunway, and their joint promotion campaign included a radio interview on Irish national radio channel RTE 1.

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The U.S. Commercial Service Dublin attended the Irish Small Firms Association’s (SFA) Annual National Conference on May 2014.  SFA represents over 8,000 companies in Ireland.  During the conference, the majority of participants stated that they would be investing in the growth of their companies over the next 12 months, particularly in the area of branding and marketing.  At the event, Head of Commercial Section, Finola Cunningham met with a number of Irish SMEs looking to invest or expand in the United States.

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The U.S. Commercial Service attended a (Becton, Dickinson and Company) 50th anniversary celebration event of its plant opening in Drogheda, Co. Louth. The event coincided with the announcement of a $22million investment in new equipment to expand its production of BD PosiFlush™ syringes which will create 20 additional jobs at the production site. Guests also participated in a plant tour of the state-of-the-art facility.

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At the invitation of the Dundalk Institute of Technology, the U.S. Commercial Service Dublin met with students and local companies who had collaborated on a market assessment project on expanding their businesses into the U.S. Following company presentations and a visit to a resident incubator company within the Regional Development Center, Finola Cunningham and Katherine Vachawski visited Dundalk Chamber of Commerce to meet one-on-one with companies interested in developing business relationships with the U.S. A meeting also took place with the President of the Chamber, Paddy Matthews to discuss SelectUSA and other U.S. programs and services.

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At the invitation of Donegal County Council, the U.S. Commercial Service participated in a Donegal/Massachusetts Economic Enterprise Development Seminar in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. The event was staged to further develop links between Co. Donegal and the state of Massachusetts, and included headline speakers from the Boston Irish Business Association, the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Inc. Head of Commercial Section, Finola Cunningham provided an overview of the U.S. Commercial Service and the SelectUSA Program to an audience of 50 local companies. The program included a tour of the Letterkenny Institute of Technology incubator facility COLAB.

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Finola Cunningham, U.S. Commercial Service Dublin visited colleagues at the U.S. Export Center in Chicago during a recent visit to the International Pow Wow Travel and Tourism Convention.

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U.S. Commercial Service visited Dundalk Chamber of Commerce to meet one-on-one with companies interested in developing business relationships with the U.S. A meeting also took place with the President of the Chamber, Paddy Matthews to discuss SelectUSA and Commercial Service programs and services.

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The U.S. Commercial Service traveled to Chicago as part of the Irish delegation of tour operators and travel journalists to attend the annual International Pow Wow Show. The Irish delegation received a positive response from exhibitors who welcomed the Irish market’s return to double-digit growth in 2013. A number of destinations are planning sales missions to Ireland in 2014 including Chicago, Florida, Kansas/Oklahoma, Las Vegas, NYC & Company, New York State and Utah.

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NEXT GENERATION IT SECURITY SEMINAR

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Approximately fifty IT managers from leading Irish and U.S. firms attended a half-day seminar on Next Generation IT Security addressed by two leading Californian companies; Palo Alto Networks and Symantec Corporation, along with their Irish partner Threatscape.  Attendees initially learned about the latest generation of digital threats that can evade traditional perimeter security systems.  Then two solutions to these threats were outlined; Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls capable of detecting and blocking even the most evasive threats, and Symantec MSS security monitoring that identifies and prioritizes security incidents by monitoring security logs and cross-referencing this data with Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network to generate actionable intelligence.

This event took place in the new U.S. Embassy Dublin Annex conference room.  U.S. companies interested in utilizing this facility for similar events should contact U.S. Commercial Service Dublin directly for more details.

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The U.S. Commercial Service Dublin hosted a Visit USA Committee Ireland meeting which was attended by 20 local and foreign members comprising of airlines, tour operators, destinations and attractions.  Attendees included Florida Space Coast, Kansas, Las Vegas, Massachusetts, New York, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Oklahoma and Orlando.

In recent times, industry sources have reported a significant increase in forward bookings with some destinations recording a 20% surge in reservations compared to the same time the previous year.  The U.S. Commercial Service will continue to support the Irish market for U.S. travel and tourism services through Visit USA and other industry promotional on an ongoing basis.

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