Cork Chamber President, Joe Gantly today strongly welcomed the announcement of the development of Ireland's first "science park" in Cork.
According to Mr. Gantly, "The proposed science and innovation park will be a key element in the regional infrastructure supporting the growth of today's global knowledge economy. Enhancing and extending the existing levels of connectivity between industries, third level institutions and research institutions within the region will undoubtedly add to the regions ability to attract investment."
"The Chamber has long been an advocate of the view that providing a location in which researchers and companies can work in close proximity to one another would build on the inherent strengths Cork has and would stimulate the economic competitiveness of the region. Currently a significant tranche of employment in the Cork region is based on Ireland's success in R&D and in light of this, Cork Chamber has consistently highlighted the importance of providing such a facility in its submissions on the development of draft Cork County Development Plan 2009 – 2015", Mr. Gantly stated.
"A development of this kind will enable Cork companies to remain at the cutting edge of research and development into the future and will continue delivering jobs for the regional community. In this regard, the Chamber would like to congratulate Cork County Manager, Martin Riordan and Cork County Council for their foresight in identifying such a project for the region, ", Mr. Gantly went on to say.
Mr. Gantly concluded by saying "It is necessary to progress the project in collaboration with the third level institutions in the area, state agencies and the business community to ensure the delivery of such a facility, incorporating high tech, science and research related businesses".
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