Ahead of the official launch, the Academy of Urbanism kicked off its ‘Cities on the Rise’ congress in Cork with a key business event attended by 60 leaders from across Cork’s business community, as featured in Irish Tech News.
The leadership dinner organised by Cork Chamber and sponsored by Affidea was held in the Vertigo Suite in Cork County Council, from where attendees enjoyed an uninterrupted view of Cork’s skyline and the future opportunity for developing the city’s footprint.
Keynote speaker David Rudlin, Chairman of the Academy of Urbanism, offered plenty of thought-provoking and fresh ideas.
Mr. Rudlin highlighted the importance of urbanism, strong leadership and vision, and loose planning for places like Cork to become more attractive, saying: “Urbanism is an economic driver that ensures you can attract talent and the right people.”
Emphasising the importance of the Academy choosing Cork to host its annual congress, Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO, said: “We are delighted that Cork was chosen to be the 2018 host and to be sponsors of the conference, which acknowledges the truly exciting time and pace of change that is happening in our city right now.”
“25% of Cork City’s footprint has yet to be built and is planned for the next 25 years, including over 220 hectares of prime development space in our Docklands, which is unique in a European context.”
“With growth comes change, and change is hard to do. I hope that the next few days will bring insight into the immense opportunities than can be realised here in Cork if we work together and learn from the experiences of previous host cities undergoing rapid growth.”
“We are all invested in the future story for Cork and I am excited to learn more about how we ensure the future development of Cork matches the needs of all its proud citizens.”
Country Manager Barry Downes said; “Affidea was proud to sponsor this important Leadership Forum, which is a unique event and honours our strong partnership with Cork Chamber and city.”
It was a great evening with a magnificent view. If we had such weather on a more regular basis no one would holiday abroad! Thanks to @CorkChamber for organizing a fantastic event
— Barry Downes (@DownesBarry) June 27, 2018
A very special evening with @CorkChamber , @AffideaIreland and @theAoU at Vertigo in the County Hall. Cork was in her glad rags in the sunshine #costadelCork #heatwave #readyforthefuture pic.twitter.com/to5Scduvbr
— Niamh (@NiamhLQB) June 26, 2018