Some of the most prominent figures in Irish America will gather with business and political leaders from northwest Ireland this evening and tomorrow (21-22 October) at the seventh annual Golden Bridges Conference in Boston.
The event promotes transatlantic partnerships and will feature contributions by the recently-appointed President of University of Massachusetts Marty Meehan and from the Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh.
Heading delegations from Ireland for the conference will be the Mayor of Donegal Ciarán Brogan and the Mayor of Derry Elisha McCallion.
Said Mayor Walsh:
“I am pleased to see our links with Ireland, north and south, growing in strength and am pleased to welcome strong delegations from Derry, Donegal and Belfast to Boston for the annual Golden Bridges conference which has, for almost a decade now, been the catalyst for powerful transatlantic partnerships.”
The conference plenary on Thursday morning will focus on investment and trade with contributions from MassBio and Northern Irish life science company Randox. Among the honorees at the luncheon will be founders of two US companies which have recently invested in Derry, OSV of Texas and Metaverse Mod Squad of California.
A new generation of entrepreneurs will also get to pitch their start-up companies to an esteemed business panel during conference.
Business partners at the Golden Bridges Conference are led by Liberty Mutual, Invest Northern Ireland, Tourism Ireland and the councils of Donegal and Derry.
The Golden Bridges Conference at the Seaport Hotel, Boston, is an initiative of the Irish Echo, the oldest weekly newspaper in the US, first published in 1928.
Mayor Ciarán Brogan of Donegal said:
“Donegal County Council is delighted to continue in its partnership with the Irish Echo and Derry City Council in the context of Golden Bridges. We are networking at Golden Bridges with business, education providers and the political establishment to identify areas of mutual interest and benefit.”