Co-Chair of the Galway Committee of CSCI Bill Gainer was honored at a civic reception held in his honor on Monday, May 23, hosted by Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr John Paul O’Shea. Galway Mayor Frank Fahy was also in attendance and thanked Mr. Gainer and complemented his unwavering work with the Irish Diaspora.
Mr. Gainer has hosted mayors, members of the Irish Government and business leaders to promote trade and business development between Chicago and Ireland on behalf of both the City of Chicago and Cook County.
In addition to his position as Co-Chair of the Galway Committee, Mr. Gainer is Chairperson of the Cook County side of a partnership between Cork County and Cook County, and has been so since the establishment of thi
s partnership in 1999. In the years since the initial Sister County Agreement with Cook County was signed, the enhanced commercial and cultural links have provided enormous dividends for Cork. There have been ongoing trade and political visits between Cork and Chicago which have focused primarily on Tourism, IT and Biotech.
One of the key creations of these collaborations has been the establishment of the Cork Convention Bureau in 2007. 40 international ambassadors promote Cork as an international location for conferences, congresses and meetings. Mr. Gainer was the first, and remains, one of these ambassadors. In latest figures, the Cork Convention Bureau generated €35m in business tourism, €11m in international conferences and saw over 6,000 international delegate visits.
Many Cork businesses have also been introduced to the US Market, a key mission and an ongoing success in this partnership. Only recently, a Cork software development company began working with US companies.
Derry Cronin, as a representative of the Irish side of the agreement, credited the lead Cork County Council has taken in this trade mission while recognizing the doors that have been opened for the private sector through Mr. Gainer’s assistance.
Mr. Bill Gainer thanked the many members of the Cook County side of the agreement together with Cork County, acknowledging the efforts of all involved and the positive years of alliance and connectivity, particularly in this world of global access. Mr. Gainer also noted the importance of finding few friendships and keeping them, adding that the key to success is forming worldwide communities.
Mr. Tim Lucey, Chief Executive of Cork County Council also noted “It is wonderful to welcome Mr. Bill Gainer to County Hall and acknowledge an individual who has opened so many doors for so many people, both from a business and recreational perspective. For nearly two decades Bill has turned opportunities into reality, and this reality is both delivering and growing every day for Cork County.”
Speaking at the Civic Reception, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr John Paul O’Shea commented “Bill Gainer has worked tirelessly to foster and cultivate connections between Cook County and Cork County, connections that are extremely important and beneficial to our County. Bill promotes, and successfully delivers, in creating opportunities for Cork enterprises within US Markets. Bill Gainer continues to drive and encourage growth in economic and cultural exchanges between Cork and Cook County. We are both grateful, and honored, to have such a relationship with Bill Gainer.”