This week, a delegation of officials from Cork County, Ireland visited Cook County to provide local updates, discuss governmental best practices and share ideas about how the two counties can collaborate. Discussions between officials focused on tourism, cultural engagement, economic development and public health.
“The sister agreement between Cork County and Cook County is an example of how fostering positive relationships with local governments around the world benefits both Cook County and its partners,” said President Preckwinkle. “We have much to learn from one another, and we look forward to continuing to foster and cultivate connections between the counties we call home.”
Cook County and Cork County signed a Sister County Agreement in July 1999 under the administration of Cook County Board President John H. Stroger. The aim of the agreement is to foster economic, commercial, cultural and educational links between the two counties.
"The 23 year Cork County Cook County agreement is the longest standing agreement of its type in Cook County and serves as a testament to the level of success and investment from agencies on both sides,” said Cllr Gillian Coughlan, Mayor of the County of Cork. “It’s economic, tourism and cultural objectives have proven enormously successful in terms of promoting Cork County as a place to do business in and visit. I look forward to continuing to embed and develop the already wonderful relationships we have made on both sides and am confident that the next 23 years will be a true example of international relationship building. I am confident that, building on this firm foundation, this partnership will be an exemplar of local authority-led international economic diplomacy."
The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Gillian Coughlan and the President of the Cook County Board, Toni Preckwinkle
The Delegation from County Cork, Ireland meet members of Cook County Board and staff.