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2014 American-Irish Business Forum

2014 American-Irish Business Forum

25th July 2014

American-Irish Business Forum:Global Business Conference on Trade & Enterprise between Ireland and the US States of Florida and Pennsylvania.

Announcing the Inaugural American-Irish Business Forum, a prestigious business forum designed to coincide with the highly-anticipated “Croke Park Classic” American football game, between Penn State University and the University of Central Florida, on Saturday 30th August. The business forum will be held on Thursday 28th August, at the world-class conference facilities at Croke Park.

A curtain raiser to the highly anticipated “Croke Park Classic” American Football game, the business conference will focus specifically on trade and enterprise between FLORIDA, PENNSYLVANIA and IRELAND. It will add a global business component to the overall weekend experience, providing a unique opportunity to strengthen already existing relationships and to create new business. Hear from and network with top industry leaders at this one-day business forum, allowing companies from both side of the Atlantic familiarise themselves with the tremendous opportunities that exist within these three entities.

Focus on high-growth sectors:

Energy, Infrastructure, Technology, Life Sciences / Pharma , Agribusiness, Manufacturing, Education /R&D

Featured panellists include:

Dr. Eric Barron - President, Pennsylvania State University

Clive Cooper - Vice President European Supply Chain, Aramark

Pascal Donohoe, TD - Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Government of Ireland

Tom FeeneyPresident, Associated Industries of Florida; Former Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives

Charles Flanagan, TD - Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Government of Ireland

Manny Mencia - Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Enterprise Florida

John Moloney - Non-Executive Director, Greencore; former Managing Director of Glanbia plc

Fergal Murphy - Vice President, Kingspan

Brendan O’Reagan - CEO & Founder, Zenith Technologies

Greg Osberg - CEO & Founder, Revlyst; former President & Worldwide Publisher, Newsweek; former President, CNET

Dr. M.J. Soileau - Vice President for Research & Commercialization, University of Central Florida

C. Alan WalkerSecretary, Department of Community and Economic Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania



• The 20th largest economy in the world, with 19 million residents and more than 90 million visitors a year

• #1 Tax Climate in the Southeast US for Business (Tax Foundation)

• #1 State for Innovation (Fast Company)

• #3 in the U.S. for High-Tech Businesses (TechAmerica Cyberstates)

• One of every five U.S. companies that export is located in Florida (U.S. Census Bureau) and 40% of all exports to Latin America pass through Florida

• Floridians are Irish; More than 2.1 million Floridians claim Irish or Scots-Irish ancestry (U.S. Census Bureau)


• The 21st largest economy in the world, with nearly 13 million residents and a GDP of over US$600 billion (2013)

• #2 most important exporting US state to Ireland, only after Washington State (Boeing)

• #10 most important destination in the US for Irish exports, with over $1B annually

• #5 US State for Technology (CNBC)

• Leading Biotech Cluster in USA, incubator of biological innovation with more than 1500 biotech companies, including10 Fortune 500

• Pennsylvanians are Irish; More than 2.4 million Pennsylvanians claim Irish or Scots-Irish ancestry (U.S. Census Bureau)


• Ranked #1 Country in which to do business, by Forbes out of 145 nations, in 2013

• Europe’s entrepreneurial leader, attracting four times as much venture-capital funding per capita as the European average (Wall Street Journal)

• 9th most important export market to Pennsylvania

• Leading location for global Life Sciences representing more than 50% of Ireland's exports

• Home to 9 out of 10 world-leading technology and internet companies

• More US FDI in Ireland than China; during the decade to 2010, US investment in Ireland was three times that invested in China.

Learn more about business in and between Florida, Pennsylvania and Ireland at the 2014 American-Irish Business Forum. Be part of this exclusive meeting of minds, network with industry leaders and decision makers from across the Atlantic, at the start of this unique weekend of commerce and sport.

Register for the 2014 American-Irish Business Forum:

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