Business and political leaders from the Northern Ireland Assembly and Business Trust (NIABT) visited the North West today where they took part in a whistle stop tour of a number of high profile regeneration sites, including the Peace Bridge and the former military site at Ebrington.
The visit, hosted by Ilex the Urban Regeneration Company, was organised to give NIABT members a flavour of the regeneration work currently taking place and on the company’s future plans to restore and redevelop the city.
Speaking after the visit, NIABT Trustee and MLA for East Londonderry, David McClarty said: “We were delighted to have been given the opportunity to see, at first hand, the huge amount of regeneration work that has taken place in the city over such a short space of time. The Peace Bridge and the site at Ebrington stand out as symbols of a new found confidence in the future of the city both economically and in terms of fostering closer community relations.
“The NIABT is an important forum where business and political leaders can come together to discuss the challenges we face and the opportunities for future growth and cooperation”.
“During our briefing from Ilex today, we learned more about future projects and look forward to seeing how the organisation will continue to support innovation and regeneration in the city”.
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About the NIABT
The NIABT was established in 2002. An independent and self-financing educational charity, its focus is to foster development and promote Northern Ireland. The Trust brings together Assembly Members and the business sector to further its aims.
The Trust’s work is underpinned by a programme of seminars, visits and fellowship placements that brings together MLAs and business representatives. Programmes are non-partisan, non-lobbying, educational and informative. The NIABT is modelled on similar schemes in other legislatures, for example Westminster’s Industry & Parliament Trust.
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