Connecting Cork – New Jersey
Cork Chamber hosted a delegation from New Jersey in early July. The delegation was led by Jose Lozano, President & CEO of Choose New Jersey and Tim Sullivan, President & CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
A round table discussion with key representatives from Choose New Jersey, Cork Chamber, Cork City Council and stakeholders from the wider Cork region was held to help build relationships and increase economic ties. As the leading business organisation in Cork, the Chamber is committed to growing the presence of its members in North America. Ireland and New Jersey are both advancing innovative economies and share similar key industries such as life sciences, medical devices, financial technology (FinTech), and food.
“We are delighted to welcome the New Jersey delegation to Cork” said Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber. “Our Chamber has a strong annual programme of international activities, which includes supporting our members to make connections in new markets and helping them expand their international networks. The synergies with New Jersey in terms of our strengths in similar sectors provide an opportunity for collaboration and potential joint initiatives and we look forward to working together in the future.”
The Choose New Jersey delegation included almost 20 representatives of New Jersey’s leading businesses, universities, and non-profit organisations to increase economic ties between New Jersey and Ireland.
Throughout the trip, the delegation showcased New Jersey’s innovation ecosystem and why New Jersey is the best place for the international community to do business. The New Jersey business delegation announced a formal collaboration between University College Cork (UCC), Rutgers University and their Food Science Programme, creating a unique collaboration between the universities focused on scientific research, education, technology commercialisation, international business attraction, public-private partnerships, mentoring and business incubation. The formal collaboration will further the development of agrifood industries in both Ireland and New Jersey.