* "Connect Ireland," which aims to create 5,000 jobs in the next five years.
* An "Invest in Ireland" roundtable, hosted by former President Bill Clinton.
* "Advocates for Ireland," individuals who have registered to promote foreign direct investment in Ireland and Irish exports, tourism and culture.
* Hosting a World Actors Forum in Dublin in May.
* Establishment of the "Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad."
In an October report the government said the network "provides tangible evidence of the benefits to be gained by engaging with our overseas communities."
The government said it is grateful "that so many are willing to give of their time and expertise and remains committed to strengthening this mutually beneficial relationship in the coming years."
West Virginia could profit by examining Ireland's efforts.
Reach George Hohmann at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.