Belfast Science Park joins forces with Derry groups to bring Fort George Science Park to life

Fri, 02/12/2011 - 01:20 -- Editor

 

More jobs and more investment could be on their way to Derry if plans for a satellite Science Park go ahead.

Junior Minister, Martina Anderson has welcomed the news that the Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP) in Belfast will join forces with Derry groups to establish the North West Regional Science Park at the Fort George site. Ms Anderson was at the NISP, which is located in the Titanic Quarter, yesterday to announce that as part of its expansion proposals the Belfast park has partnered with Ilex and the Letterkenny Institute of Technology to consider the feasibility of establishing a North West Regional Science Park at the site.

The development of this project will stimulate the establishment and development of high quality technology and knowledge based businesses in the North West Region, attracting higher value added inward investment projects and jobs to the region.

During her visit Junior Minister Anderson said: “A key element of the Programme for Government is to provide assistance to new enterprises starting out. The Science Park is a good example of how that concept succeeds. The development of a satellite science park in the North West will help achieve the ambitious job creation targets set out in the recently published regeneration plan for the city.

“The development of a North West Regional Science Park will help to firmly establish the region as a smart economy and a digital centre of excellence, and have a positive impact on the economic development and job creation opportunities of the region.

“This project has, no doubt, the potential to stimulate the development of high quality technology and knowledge based businesses in the North West and attract inward investment.

“This is potentially great news for the people of Derry and the surrounding area. These are exciting times; the City is being transformed with the regeneration plan, One City, One Plan, One Voice and the successful bid for City of Culture status.”