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Visit of Deputy Chief of Mission Barbara Stephenson
 
15 - 16 September 2011
Chairman of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board Howard Hastings explaining the rollout of the Titanic Signature Project to DCM Barbara Stephenson and the Consul General in Belfast, Kamala Lakhdhir (ConGen photo)

Chairman of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board Howard Hastings explaining the rollout of the Titanic Signature Project to DCM Barbara Stephenson and the Consul General in Belfast, Kamala Lakhdhir (ConGen photo)

Deputy Chief of Mission Barbara Stephenson visited Northern Ireland and met with a range of people across civic society including many of our exchange program alumni.  Her visit included a tour and briefing by the North Belfast Interface Project who have co-delivered a unique project called Drawing Down The Walls, which focuses attention on Belfast`s interface walls. Its founder is Brendan Clarke, a Community relations worker with the North Belfast Interface Network and a State Department Exchange Program Alumni.  Clarke participated in a Boston College program on the theme of Empowering Marginalized Youth.

The visit also included a tour of the Titanic Signature Project - a £97m ($146m) visitor attraction scheduled to open for the Titanic centenary in April 2012.  The facility is located in the Titanic Quarter which comprises c.180 acres of brown field land in Belfast formerly occupied by the Harland & Wolff shipyard. The transformation of the physical image of Belfast in the past 15 years is in large measure due to the re-emergence of the river Lagan as a key resource for the future.  Laganside Corporation led the renaissance of Belfast’s waterfront, applying best practices from other places around the world, including cities in the United States.