The New York-New Belfast conference put the spotlight on the vibrant, emerging Belfast to an audience of leading Irish Americans in New York on 9-10 June 2010. As well as showcasing the business, cultural, academic and investment partnership opportunities in Belfast, the conference also looked at what makes New York a great city and ask what Belfast can learn from its progress. Headlining the conference was civic leaders from Belfast, bringing a fresh perspective on their dynamic, changing city while rolling out the red carpet and giving a taste of the Big Apple was a who’s-who of city dignitaries including New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Commissioner of Small Business Services Rob Walsh and Twenty Minutes in Manhattan author Michael Sorkin.

Patrons: John Connorton, Hawkins, Delafield and Wood LLP. Shaun Kelly, KPMG. Geraldine Hughes, actor-playwright. John J. Reilly, Squire Sanders.

Partners: Irish Business Organisation. Irish Business Association. Irish Network-NYC.

Moderators: Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Irish Echo/Belfast Media Group. Mark Finlay, Presidents Club, Belfast.

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