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Cayman Enterprise City promotes young caymanian to drive zone opportunities for locals.

Renee High photo - Client Services - CEC

New position created to focus on Enterprise Cayman Initiatives geared to help locals connect with opportunities in the zone

Cayman Enterprise City, Cayman’s special economic zone, is pleased to announce the promotion of Renee High to the position of Client Services Executive. Ms. High joined the CEC team three years ago at the inception of the project, as Executive Assistant to the development team a full year before the zone opened its doors.

"I’m excited about my new position and looking forward to the challenges," she commented. "It’s been wonderful to watch Cayman Enterprise City grow and to be part of this amazing project that is doing so much for Cayman." stated Ms. High.

In her new position, Ms. High will be focusing on advancing Enterprise Cayman initiatives meant to connect Caymanians with opportunities in the zone. "Although special economic zone companies may bring staff to Cayman from anywhere in the world, many, if not most companies entering the zone seek to hire Caymanians. In some cases this is right away and in others it is upon the company getting established and seeking to expand. "An important part of my job will be to identify all suitable Caymanian candidates for available positions and to assist them in arranging interviews etc." said Ms. High.

Enterprise Cayman is a partnership between Cayman Enterprise City and the Cayman Islands Government. The initiative partners with local firms and businesses to provide mentoring, career counselling and associated skills needed to take advantage of opportunities.

The initiative currently has several programmes in the works including a schools outreach to help students properly prepare for jobs that will become available within the special economic zone, and an active Internet jobs portal (www.zonejobs.ky) where Caymanians can apply online for jobs available within the zone. Resumes uploaded

through the portal are matched to suitable job openings, and Ms. High personally responds to all inquiries and is available to help people through the application process.

Ms. High notes that CEC’s plan includes reaching out to the next generation as soon as possible and promoting interest in STEM education at an early age. This includes the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, which will help young Caymanians prepare for jobs of the future.

"We are starting at the grassroots level going into the schools and working with the kids, making sure they know what pathways they need to follow to get the jobs that will be available in Cayman Enterprise City. We also want them to take advantage of entrepreneurial opportunities and maybe someday have their own business within the zone," she says.

Another big project on Renee High’s current list is CEC’s successful summer internship programme where two young Caymanians got to work for CEC in the zone. Renee is now building a database of student applications and matching them with potential clients interested in mentoring. This year’s internship programme has been extended so that interns have the opportunity to not just get an internship with CEC, but with companies that are set up within the CEC Internet & Technology Park, the Commodities Park of the Media Park as well.

"I share CEC’s passion for seeing young Caymanians thrive," says Ms. High, a Cayman Bracer and new mother. "I want to help make sure there is a wider range of positions for them to be able to come home to, and a wider diversity of careers."

Enterprise Cayman is all about connecting Caymanians with opportunities in Cayman Enterprise City, not just future jobs and training, but opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship and how to foster an idea and create it into a business. Renee High, who has been a part of CEC since it started, is ready to help.

"I’m looking forward to watching the continued growth of CEC and being a part of this exciting project, and for myself to be instrumental in helping my community," she says. "It’s very close to my heart – I want to see Caymanians succeed and if I can help with that, then I’m happy."

About Cayman Enterprise City

Cayman Enterprise City is an award-winning Special Economic Zone in the Cayman Islands focused on knowledge-based industries, technology companies and specialized services businesses. With a dedicated Government Authority and guaranteed fast-track processes, International companies can quickly and efficiently establish a genuine physical presence in Cayman. Businesses can take advantage of Cayman’s jurisdictional benefits which include zero corporate tax, zero income tax and zero capital gains tax, along with a raft of special zone concessions and incentives. These concessions were

designed to attract international companies from five specific high-tech sectors; internet and technology, media and new-media ventures, biotechnology, commodities and derivatives, and academia.

For more information call +1-345-945-3722, e-mail h.cahill@caymanenterprisecity.com or visit www.caymanenterprisecity.com

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Hilary Cahill
Hilary McKenzie-Cahill is a Cayman Enterprise City staff alumni and former VP of Marketing and Business Development. Hilary is a serial entrepreneur and a powerhouse of energy, passionate about everything she undertakes.
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