East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs says that the new A8 and A2 road infrastructure in Larne and Carrick will make East Antrim more attractive for employers to invest in.
Speaking in the Assembly on March 3, he commented: “That will open up business areas that were previously deemed too difficult to access.
“Wonderful opportunities will arise from that, and there is a high likelihood that more jobs will arise in East Antrim as a result.”
The MLA also cited the area’s proximity to both airports, natural gas supply, coastline and low unemployment rate as draws for employers.
Mr Beggs expressed his hopes that more jobs would be provided locally in future and praised the work of Carrick Enterprise and LEDCOM.
Mr Beggs also paid tribute to the late former UUP leader Jim Molyneaux, who served as MP for part of East Antrim between 1970 and 1974.
He commented: “I worked alongside Jim and had canvassed with him on a number of occasions.
“He had a strong work ethic in representing both his constituents and the best interests of the people of Northern Ireland. Jim was held in the highest regard by all who knew him, and my thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family circle at this time.”