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Chamber Holds Panel Discussion and Meetings with Irish

Chambers Higher Education Business Partnership to Explore Further Development of Transatlantic
Educational and Economic Development Opportunities with Northwest Ireland
WORCESTER, MA As a result of the peace process in Northern Ireland, an area that for generations
had previously been ravaged by war and sectarian violence, a new, cross border stability is taking
root. This new stability has resulted in cross border economic development and educational
opportunities including international partnerships with institutions and businesses here in Central
In 2008, in his former role as Lieutenant Governor, Tim Murray (currently of the Worcester Regional
Chamber of Commerce) along with then State Representative Marty Walsh (currently mayor of
Boston), were instrumental in launching the Donegal Diaspora Project at the Massachusetts State
House. This partnership between the Donegal County Council and the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts was initiated to pursue the goal of establishing economic development, educational
and cultural exchanges between Donegal and Massachusetts. As a result, meaningful partnerships
have been created between Worcester and Northwest Ireland.
The Higher Education Business Partnership, at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, has
helped to facilitate student and faculty academic exchanges between Worcester State University,
Becker College, and the Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT). Additionally, dialogue around
transatlantic economic development opportunities between the Donegal County Council, Worcester
Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Worcester continue to take place.
To further build on relationships that foster economic development and educational opportunities,
the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion with the presidents of
Becker College, Worcester State University, and the Letterkenny Institute of Technology along with
officials from Donegal, Derry, Ulster, and Worcester.
PHOTO:(L-R) Paul Hannigan, President at Letterkenny Institute of Technology;John Kelpie, Chief
Executive of Derry City and Strabane District Council;CouncillorCiaran Brogan, Mayor of Donegal;
Edward M. Augustus, Jr., Worcester City Manager;CouncillorElishaMcCallion, Mayor of Derry City
and Strabane; Seamus Neely, Chief Executive at Donegal County Council; Dr. Malachy Nill, Head of
School, School of Irish Language and Literature, Ulster University