March 13, 2007

San Jose and Dublin, Ireland celebrate sister cities pact

“The 21st anniversary of the sister city designation between San Jose, California, and Dublin, Ireland, began today with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed hosting a celebratory kick-off welcome breakfast for the Dublin Lord Mayor Vincent Jackson and members of the San Jose and Dublin Sister City Delegations… ‘San Jose’s sister city connection with Dublin is a powerful model for others to follow. Over its 21-year existence, both San Jose and Dublin have benefited from sharing civic, business and economic development best practices. At the same time, we have built a two-way cross-cultural exchange that has paved the way for strong friendships and long-term, productive relationships,’ said Reed… ‘The sister city mission is about working to build cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development. To this last point, we want to help both Irish and U.S. companies grow and sustain positions in the global marketplace by strengthening relationships and continually building our business networks that will benefit companies on both continents,’ said Shane Patrick Connolly, president of the San Jose & Dublin Sister City Program. According to Paul Krutko, chief development officer, City of San Jose, there are more than 35 Silicon Valley companies with an Irish presence, including Adobe, Cadence Design Systems, Cisco Systems, eBay, Flextronics, IBM, Quantum and Xilinx. “

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February 21, 2007

VMWare to create 300 jobs in Ireland

“US firm VMWare is expected to create 300 new jobs in a major expansion of its existing operation at Ballincollig. The jobs are set to be confirmed when Enterprise Minister Mícheál Martin and Junior Environment Minister Batt O’Keeffe formally open an expansion of the VMWare facility later this week. VMWare, based in (Palo Alto) California, is a global leader in virtual infrastructure software and already employ more than 100 staff at their Ballincollig operation.”

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