DIGITAL AGENDA NEWS
Mayors of Donegal and Derry & Strabane formally launch the new website

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Local authorities are working together towards a cross-border digital transformation action plan.
11 May 2022 - CARPE DIGEM  project
DCSDC Alderman Graham Warke & DCC Jack Murray Mayors with ERNACT General Manager Colm Mc Colgan.

Derry City and Strabane District Council
Mayor, Alderman Graham Warke, and Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach, Jack Murray, have formally launched the new North-West Ireland City Region website to assist promote the development of a digital transformation plan for the City Region.

Developed by the ERNACT network, the website will facilitate information to interested parties about digital transformation in general, the various initiatives and actions plans underway, and provide updates on news and events taking place in the cross-border area.

Like many other European regions, local authorities and universities in the North West Ireland City Region, supported by their regional authorities, have been taking steps to ensure that business, communities and society are ready to face the huge changes being brought about advances in digital technology. This includes cross-border cooperation to increase investment and innovation in digital research by our higher education institutions and initiatives such as the Donegal Digital action plan and the EU Intelligent City Challenge programme by the local authorities.

The launch have taken place during a 2-days study visit to the city region by other European regions and cities. The study visit is part of the Interreg Europe funded CARPE DIGEM project, in which ERNACT represents the Derry & Strabane and Donegal councils. CARPE DIGEM is primarily about how to create functioning and sustainable Digital Innovation Ecosystems (DIGEMs) in regions considered to be outside the digital, economic and social core of Europe, traditional 'receivers' of innovation and change. The project is examining how the partnership in close collaboration with their regional public, private and community stakeholders, can better communicate and engage their regions in improving strategies for digital transformation, predicting and developing new skills and competencies for the future. CARPE DIGEM provides an opportunity for this cross-border region to more coherently communicate its efforts and to consolidate and develop activities that add value on a cross-border axis.

The two Mayors also welcomed visiting politicians from the County of Nièvre in Burgundy (France) and Madeira (Portugal) whose regions are also partners in the CARPE DIGEM project. Members of the ERNACT board, appointed by Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council, also participated in the launch of the new website.

Commenting on the website launch, Derry City and Strabane District Council Mayor, Cllr Graham Warke, said: “We are delighted to be part of this joint initiative aimed at promoting and showcasing digital transformation. We strongly support any initiative that improves the way we communicate and develop new skills and strategies that will in turn increase investment and innovation in our region. It was great to meet with Mayors from France and Portugal today to hear at first hand about the benefits of collaboration and the strong working relationship that exists between all partners in this digital transformation journey.”

Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach, Jack Murray, added that: “this new website has been developed with the aim of promoting the development of a digital transformation plan for the City Region. We are fortunate to have high calibre businesses and universities in the North-West Ireland City Region and it is important that businesses and communities are ready to face the rapid advancements in technology and digitalisation. It is great to welcome delegates from other European regions to the North-West City region and also our counterparts from France and Portugal whose regions are also partners in the CARPE DIGEM project. During the 2-day visit our ‘Remote working Strategy for Donegal’ was presented to delegates aiming to promote Donegal and the North-West City Region nationally and internationally as a superb location for remote workers.” 

More about ERNACT
ERNACT was setup in 1991 and is still owned and jointly managed by Derry City and Strabane & Donegal County councils. ERNACT’s role is to focus on digital transformation and to better connect the North West with other regions and cities throughout Europe. To assist this goal, ERNACT has developed a network of regions and cities throughout Europe with which it regularly cooperates to develop mutually beneficial digital transformation projects, draw down EU grant aid and manage the projects on behalf of the ERNACT network. At the moment ERNACT is managing approximately €20 million of EU grant aid spread across 12 projects. The office and staff are located in Letterkenny.

Locally, ERNACT has been using the CARPE DIGEM project to explore the possibilities inherent in the Donegal Digital Action Plan and Derry & Strabane’s participation in the EU’s Digital and Intelligent Cities Challenge and City Deal programmes to identify digital transformation areas that the North West City Region could address on a cross-border basis.




Click here to email  Ianire Renobales at ERNACT for further information

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