“WE need to promote what we are great at and everyone I know wants to live in Donegal,” said Joe Mahoney of the Boston Irish Business Association. Joe was one of four delegates from Massachusetts visiting Donegal last week and who participated in the Donegal / Massachusetts Economic and Enterprise Development Seminar on Thursday morning last.

This seminar was hosted by Donegal Co. Council and is part of the Donegal Diaspora Project, which has been fostering and nurturing meaningful linkages between Donegal and Massachusetts and the New England region.

The seminar, which took place in Letterkenny Institute of Technology, was attended by a number of business owners from Donegal as well as representatives from relevant agencies and organisations. The seminar heard from Tim Murray from the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and former Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Jon Mahoney from the Boston Irish Business Association; Ann Burke from the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts; Dawn Creighton Western MA Regional Director for Associated Industries and Finola Cunningham Head of Commercial Section in the U.S. Embassy.

The focus of this seminar was to provide businesses in Donegal with information on doing business in Massachusetts and provided an opportunity to make contacts, which could lead to further business development options. Those in attendance were told that the Cambridge Innovation Centre in Massachusetts has more start-ups that anywhere else on the planet and this is certainly a great opportunity for any Donegal business.

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