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Chamber welcomes Ireland’s delegation

  Cornerstone, the economic development arm of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with City of Jacksonville leaders

Cornerstone President Jerry Mallot (from left), Mayor John Peyton, Atlantic Way Chairman Brian O’Connell and City Council President Jack Webb sign a business-development agreement.

 and a delegation from Ireland’s Atlantic Way, an economic development organization in Western Ireland and the Irish counterpart to Cornerstone, recently celebrated its growing collaborative relationship and new economic opportunities. 

Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton led a ceremonial signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with representatives of the three entities in the Mayor’s Office followed by a ribbon-cutting at the new Atlantic Way office located within the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission offices.  The office will be available whenever a company or official from the Atlantic Way region comes to Jacksonville for business.  The new Atlantic Way office is similar to the Cornerstone office that opened at the Atlantic Way office in Shannon, Ireland in 2009.

The Atlantic Way region includes the cities of Shannon, Limerick, and Galway in Western Ireland and its delegation includes representatives from the fields of aerospace, manufacturing, technology, education, government, marketing and tourism. 

During its Jacksonville visit, the Irish delegation also participated in a series of working sessions that included business development, entrepreneurial small and medium enterprises, health care, education, tourism and sports.  The delegation also toured JAXPORT, Cecil Commerce Center, and Naval Station Mayport.


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