Councils launch website to promote digital transformation in the North West – Highland Radio

A new website has been launched to promote the development of a digital transformation plan for the North West City region.

Developed by the ERNACT network, the website will facilitate the information of interested parties
on digital transformation, with a focus on the various initiatives and action plans in the cross-border area.

Derry City Council and Strabane District Mayor Graham Warke and Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach Jack Murray launched the website this week, along with ERNACT Chief Executive Colm McColgan.

He says recent developments at Ulster University and Atlantic Technological University are very significant………


Full release –

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke and County Donegal
Cathaoirleach Council, Jack Murray, have launched a new website to help promote the
development of a digital transformation plan for the City Region.
Developed by the ERNACT network, the website will facilitate the information of interested parties
on digital transformation in general, the various initiatives and action plans underway, and
provide updates on news and events happening in the cross-border area.
Like many other European regions, local authorities and universities in the city of North West Ireland
Region, supported by their regional authorities, have taken steps to ensure that businesses,
communities and society are ready to face the enormous changes brought about by the progress of
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 program by local authorities.
The launch takes place during a 2-day study visit to the city region by other European regions and
cities. The study visit is part of the CARPE DIGEM project funded by Interreg Europe, in which ERNACT
represents the Derry &; Advice from Strabane and Donegal. CARPE DIGEM is mainly about how to
create functional and sustainable digital innovation ecosystems (DIGEM) in regions considered as
be outside the digital, economic and social core of Europe, the traditional “receivers” of innovation and
cash. The project examines how the partnership, in close collaboration with their regional partners
public, private and associative actors, can better communicate and engage their territories in
improve digital transformation strategies, plan and develop new skills and
skills for the future. CARPE DIGEM gives this cross-border region the opportunity to
more coherently communicate its efforts and consolidate and develop value-added activities on
a cross-border axis.
The two mayors also welcomed political figures from the department 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 launch of the website, Donegal Cathaoirleach County Council Jack Murray said that
“This new website has been developed with the aim of promoting the development of a
City Region transformation plan. We are fortunate to have high caliber companies and
universities in the urban North West of Ireland and it is important that businesses and

ERNACT – North West City Region Press Release
communities are ready for rapid advances in technology and digitalization. It’s great to
welcome delegates from other European regions to the North-West City area as well as 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
promote Donegal and the North-West City region nationally and internationally as a superb
location for remote workers.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Graham Warke added: ‘We are delighted
be part of this joint initiative to promote and showcase digital transformation. We
strongly support any initiative that improves the way we communicate and develops new skills and
strategies which, in turn, will increase investment and innovation in our region. It was great to meet
with mayors from France and Portugal today to experience first-hand the benefits of working together
and the strong working relationship that exists between all the partners in this digital transformation
journey.”