Top US Business Delegation Visits Derry and Coleraine

Oct 19, 2004

A 26-strong delegation from Denver, Colorado, will be in Londonderry and Coleraine next week on a visit arranged by Invest Northern Ireland to explore opportunities for business and academic collaboration.

The team from Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the World Trade Centre, Denver will be starting a week-long visit to Northern Ireland with meetings in Derry and Coleraine. The visit has been facilitated by Invest NI’s Northern Ireland Technology and Development Centre in Denver, which is assisting a group of Northern Ireland companies to develop business in Colorado state and further afield.

The delegation will be guests at North West Marketing’s Small Business Awards in the City Hotel on Tuesday 28. The group will then travel to Coleraine to meet Prof Gerry McKenna, Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Ulster, and will tour the Molecular Bio Sciences and Innovation Centre at the university.

Alan Hingston, Invest NI’s Trade director, commenting on the visit, said: “This mission is part of an ongoing focus by Invest NI on providing opportunities for Northern Ireland companies to develop business in Denver and the wider Rocky Mountain region. Our technology and development centre, opened in 2003, provides a gateway for Northern Ireland companies and the universities to this important region.

“The centre provides in-market advice and assistance to Northern Ireland companies in areas such as trade and joint ventures. It has a strongly practical focus that enables companies to pinpoint potential business partners in a region that, in common with Northern Ireland, is essentially a small business-led economy.”

Joe Blake, president and chief executive officer of Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are looking forward to our visits to Derry and Coleraine. International trade missions are crucially important to Denver’s economy. This mission will strengthen further the business links that have been developing with Northern Ireland over many years.”

A visit from the Mayor of Denver to Belfast in October, 2001 launched the relationship between Invest Northern Ireland and Denver. This led to a major Invest NI trade mission to Colorado. Jim Lyons, then President Clinton’s advisor on Northern Ireland, hosted a reception for the Northern Ireland delegation to Denver in 2002 and accompanied Denver delegations to Northern Ireland in 2003 and 2004.

The Denver delegation comprises: Amerimed Corporation; Avidity;

BioCare Systems Inc; BP Proteomics; Byers Peak; Capital Funding Strategies; Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce; Fighting Bull Technologies;

Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority; Governor’s Economic Development and International Trade; RMC Pharmaceuticals; Rocky Mountain Valuation Specialists; CHSC and the World Trade Centre Denver

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