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GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ADDRESSES IRISH BUSINESS LEADERS, HOSTS ROUNDTABLE ON MARYLAND’S STATESTAT IN DUBLIN
ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 20, 2013) – As part of a five-day European economic development mission, Governor Martin O’Malley today met with the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, where he addressed Irish business leaders and gave a presentation on Maryland’s StateStat as a model for performance measurement in government. At the Dublin Chamber, – the largest chamber of commerce in Ireland with more than 1,300 members – the Governor discussed the strengths that Maryland and Ireland share in innovation, and encouraged Irish companies to choose Maryland as an ideal U.S. gateway to do business.
The Governor's presentation focused on Maryland’s StateStat as a model for accountability and transparency, a means of measuring progress, and an effective and efficient way of delivering results in government. He spoke to the ‘Activating Dublin’ steering committee, which works to engage businesses, government and the Dublin City Council to launch a number initiatives aimed at generating sustainable business growth and employment. Governor O’Malley previously addressed the Dublin Chamber in 2007, when he gave a presentation on CitiStat as Mayor of Baltimore City.
“The Dublin Chamber is an excellent forum to promote Maryland’s Innovation Economy and our highly-skilled and educated workforce as the key to forming lasting economic and trade partnerships between Ireland and Maryland,” said Governor O’Malley. “I’d like to applaud the Chamber’s leadership for their proactive approach to economic development and their willingness to explore accountability and transparency in government. Whether it’s improving our infrastructure; investing in our workforce; promoting our competitiveness or improving the conditions that allow businesses to grow and create jobs, we share these common goals on both sides of the Atlantic. With greater collaboration than ever before, we can use technology to create common platforms and take action to advance the common good of progress and prosperity for all.”
“In 2007, Governor O’Malley delivered an inspiring keynote address at our annual dinner where he spoke about the positive transformation of the State of Maryland through the power of good government,” said Gina Quin, Chief Executive of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. “This resonates with what Dublin Chamber is trying to achieve through our ‘Activating Dublin’ program which has a vision to make Dublin a great place to work, visit and live. We are looking forward to harnessing the experience and expertise of Governor O’Malley to help make this vision a reality.”
Governor O’Malley started his day in Dublin with a visit to the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, part of the University College Dublin, where he addressed more than 175 students, faculty and business leaders on Maryland’s thriving Innovation Economy. He also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Maryland (UMD) and the University College Dublin (UCD), both of which are members of the leading global network of research universities Universitas 21. The MOU, which was signed by UMD’s Dr. Patrick O’Shea and UCD’s Professor Ciaran O’Hogartaigh, formalized a broad program of student and faculty exchanges.
“This partnership between two leading, globally-engaged universities promises economic and educational benefits for Maryland, the nation and beyond,” said Dr. O’Shea, UMD’s Vice President for Research. “As we strengthen our global ties, we keep Maryland plugged into some of the most advanced research and education in the world, and help prepare a new generation for global leadership.”
The Governor also met with executives of the Kingspan Group, which is based in Cavan, Ireland but has its North American headquarters in Jessup, Md. The company manufactures building products, including insulated panels, insulation boards, raised access floors and steel frames, and also offers environmental and renewable fuel and water storage solutions and hot water systems. At its Maryland facility, it has more than 80 employees.
“Kingspan’s North American headquarters are based in Jessup and have been for over a decade,” said Kingspan CEO Gene Murtagh. “We find Maryland has a very positive business environment and we support the State’s proactive approach to energy efficient buildings which is central to our product portfolio and growth strategy in North America.”
Yesterday, Governor O’Malley met with Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore. The Governor also delivered a keynote address at the Iveagh House to business leaders and members of the Kennedy family to mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Ireland.
Tomorrow, Governor O’Malley will meet with the Irish Prime Minister Edna Kenny while attending the 2013 Worldwide Ireland Funds Conference. He will also attend a presentation on Ireland’s progress in the renewable energy/smart grid field and integration of offshore wind by EirGrid, a leading Irish energy company.