23 April 2018
By Mary Bermingham
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, will this week lead a delegation to visit San Francisco. The delegation will include representatives from Cork Chamber, Cork Educational Institutions, Cork –San Francisco sister city committee members, AGS, Port of Cork, English Market, Rainbow Cities representatives and several Cork based companies with connections to San Francisco.
The delegation will work through a packed itinerary, beginning with events at San Francisco City Hall on Monday morning, with delegates returning to Cork on Friday 27 April.
The visit is part of the sister-city relationship that was established with San Francisco over 30 years ago. It follows from a visit to Cork last September by a large San Francisco delegation, led by the late Mayor of San Francisco, Edwin Lee.
The trip will include a memorial event at San Francisco Town Hall to honour Mayor Lee. “I had the great pleasure of meeting with Mayor Lee last year, and I promised him then that I would bring a sunstantial Cork delegation on a reciprocal visit.” said Councillor Fitzgerald. “He was great friend of Cork City, and a proud supporter of the Sister City Relationship. It will by great privilege to lead our tributes on what will be a most poignant occasion.”
As part of this drive to further raise Cork’s profile in the United States, the Cork delegation will meet key business leaders and organisations in San Francisco, and in Silicon Valley. The Lord Mayor went on to highlight the potential economic value of the trip.”We operate in a competitive global economy, and to attract investment we need to put our best foot forward, and to sell the assets of the City. The strength and diversity of this delegation makes this trip hugely valuable in terms of promoting Cork, and I am looking forward as Lord Mayor to showcasing all that is good in this great city.”