Rhode Island link could benefit Mayo’s economy

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council John O’Malley welcomes the Rhode Island delegation at Ireland West Airport Knock.

Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council John O’Malley welcomes the Rhode Island delegation at Ireland West Airport Knock.

Mayo County Council is working to build potentially lucrative links with the US state of Rhode Island.

The governor of the ‘Ocean State’ - Lincoln Chaffee - led a delegation to the county last week which visited business sites, met with local business people, and also took in some of the county’s top attractions. The visit was organised by Mayo County Council’s Enterprise and Investment Unit.

Governor Chaffee said Mayo and Rhode Island have a lot of “commonalities”. “The single greatest commonality is our highly educated and innovative people,” he said. “We see a lot of opportunity for both our people sharing ideas and developing commercial relationships.” County manager Peter Hynes welcomed the Rhode Island delegation.

“Relationship development is a key determinant in any success. We need to work in partnership with global stakeholders to investigate every opportunity. We see the visit of Governor Chaffee and this delegation as a significant first step in this relationship. It has already been acknowledged that some clear synergies exist between our two regions and I look forward to seeing these synergies being further explored and developed for the benefit of our county.”

Governor Chaffee and Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, John O’Malley, both signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which outlines commitments on both sides to further explore commercial and cultural links between Rhode Island and Mayo.

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