Mayor vows to promote Derry during Boston visit

The Mayor, Councillor Brenda Stevenson.
The Mayor, Councillor Brenda Stevenson.

Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson has vowed to help create political and educational ties and promote the city as a key investment destination during a visit to Boston this week.

As part of the visit, the Mayor will attend the Golden Bridges Conference and meet with various groups in relation to the city’s digital economy, life sciences and tourism.

Also travelling to Boston will be the Council’s Economic Development Manager Kevin O’Connor.

The visit is part of a North West delegation which includes the Mayor of County Donegal, Councillor John Campbell.

Mayor Stevenson said the visit was hugely important for the city and a unique opportunity to create new contacts and nurture a range of business relationships that will create new business opportunities and trade and tourism linkages.

She said: “The city and region already has a strong working relationship with Boston. Just last week the Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh came to Derry and we talked in great depth about partnership working and looking at new opportunities for both cities.

“This visit is good for us in telling our story and promoting what we have to offer in terms of leisure and business tourism opportunities. Over 20% of visitors to our city are from North America so it is important that we further tap into that market.

“We will be working in close partnership with our neighbours in Donegal to showcase the North West region as a whole and to look at what new opportunities exist for us to welcome the worldwide Diaspora to our shores and to explore new avenues for economic development, investment and cultural and tourism enhancement,” she added.

Kevin O’Connor from Derry City Council said that during the six-day trip they would attend a wide range of engagements including a visit to the University of Massachusetts and the Centre for Irish Partnerships as well as meeting with the Chancellor Marty Meehan and the State Senate President Therese Murray.

The delegation will also have meeting with the Valley Venture Mentors, the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Economic Development Council of Western MA, Worcester State University, Becker College University, UMass Medical School, Worcester Chamber of Commerce, Boston City Council and Invest NI.