- One of youngest cities in Europe, almost 1 in 5 under 15;
- Biggest film production in Europe last year with $700m in Belfast, Game of Thrones;
- Biggest investment at university level in Europe - currently University of Ulster at $400m to create new campus in inner city;
- Biggest stadium development in Europe taking place in Belfast now with new Gaelic $120m stadium, soccer $45m, and Rugby $30m.
This visit, however, was of particular significance as he and our new Mayor Marty Walsh, who in just 3 months is making major positive changes for Boston, agreed in principle to a sister city arrangement that will most certainly prove mutually beneficial. Improv Asylum, a TMG client, which has grown in both Boston – Laugh Boston was launched under a year ago - and Ireland - IA Innovations was launched in Dublin; has begun initial conversations with Ó Muilleoir and others for a possible expansion in Belfast.
Boston has been just one of his many stops throughout the States and the world over for Ó Muilleoir over the past 10 months as he flies the flag for Belfast and the North. We had the pleasure of catching up at a breakfast sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland, under the successful leadership of all stars Gary Hanley and John Logan.
I will see the Lord Mayor this Summer in Belfast and then again in October for the annual Northwest of Ireland Conference and Golden Bridges award ceremonies. Something tells me there will be more positive news coming our way from across the Atlantic.
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