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Mayor to attend special Digital Cities Summit

30 November 2018

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, will travel to the Committee of Regions in Brussels next week for a special summit around the Digital Cities Challenge.

First Citizens from up to 40 cities across Europe will meet at the Mayors’ Summit on December 4th, at the invitation of the European Commission. There they will discuss their ambitions for digital transformation and the changes that will most benefit their regions.

The Mayor will be accompanied  by ERNACT General Manager Colm McColgan, and will present plans for the digital transformation of the city’s economy, social and cultural life as part of the ‘Shaping a winning strategy’ thematic panel.

Speaking as he prepared for the trip, Mayor Boyle said it would provide a great opportunity to share strategies and build a network of digitally focused cities across Europe.

“Driving digital innovation is a core element of our aspirations for Derry and Strabane, and one of the key objectives embedded in our Growth Plan and our bid for a City Deal,” he explained.

“This summit presents a great opportunity to discuss the ambitions of the Strategic Growth Plan directly with Mayors from other European cities and also receive feedback from European Commission experts on how digital transformation can help us accelerate the plan.”

Since January 2018 Council has been participating as a fellow city in the Digital Cities Challenge, an initiative of the European Commission to stimulate economic growth and societal wellbeing through digital transformation, making European cities more innovative and better places to live.

On the day, Mayors from cities across Europe will meet for the first time to discuss the unique opportunities the programme presents. Active participation in the Digital Cities Challenge can assist destinations in attaining their digital transformation ambitions, foster synergies and establish an innovative network that can boost growth, productivity and well-being.

If you would like to find out more about the EU Digital Cities Challenge, please contact Project Manager [email protected] / +353 74916 8212 or visit: www.digitallytransformyourregion.eu