"The ties between Ireland and California already run deep, not least in respect to trade. Our Agencies are deeply embedded in the whole business and investment environment in California. Enterprise Ireland’s investment in supporting Irish companies to access market opportunities across California has significantly increased over recent years. There are now more than 300 Irish companies doing business in California, and, on average, an Irish company establishes a presence in California every 3-4 weeks. In fact, indigenous Irish headquartered companies provide approximately 10,000 jobs in California across 203 locations in the State, and, conversely, California headquartered companies provide approximately 40,000 jobs in Ireland. Today’s event highlighted the significant economic relationship that Ireland already has with California and also the enormous potential to develop this relationship further across trade, investment and research.