LookWest.ie Shortlisted for Net Visionary e-Government Award

People of the West Encouraged to Vote in Final Judging

LookWest.ie, the Western Development Commission’s (WDC) online guide to living, working and doing business in Ireland’s Western Region, has been shortlisted for a Net Visionary e-Government Award which recognises enhanced interaction between government services and the general public.


Speaking about the awards Joanne Grehan of the WDC said: “We are delighted that LookWest.ie has been shortlisted by the judging panel of industry experts which included the Irish Internet Association, the digital division of The Irish Times and the Internet Marketing Unit of Enterprise Ireland, amongst others. Getting to this stage in the awards programme is recognition of the important role LookWest.ie plays in promoting the benefits and economic advantages of the West of Ireland.

“The overall winner in each category will be the website receiving the most votes from the public so we are now asking people from the Western Region, both those living here and those living elsewhere, to vote for LookWest.ie by clicking on http://www.iia.ie/net-visionary/vote/ Each person can only vote once so we are hoping that all those who have an affinity or link with the Western Region will log on and vote for LookWest.ie. Voting closes at midnight on April 30th and winners will be announced on May 20th.”

LookWest.ie, first launched in 2004, promotes the West as an attractive and economically-advantageous location for enterprise and is the definitive guide to living, working and doing business in Ireland’s Western Region. The website is aimed both at individuals and businesses in Ireland and overseas and is used by almost 20,000 visitors each month. It engages with an online international audience to promote all the benefits of the Western Region as well as being a valuable online resource for people living in the region and in other parts of Ireland.

The website features video case studies of people who have relocated or set up businesses in the Western Region and utilises all the latest social networking tools to engage with a wide audience. Social media channels include a monthly on-line newsletter, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The website also offers RSS newsfeeds and features the latest in video technology via YouTube.

Other aspects of the website include a skills register (http://www.lookwest.ie/skills-register) where people can register their skills and experience to help create a profile of the talent, qualifications and expertise of people living in the West or considering a move here. The WDC believes that such a profile will strongly contribute to attracting jobs and business to the Region. It also encourages people who have an interesting story to tell about their relocation to the West or their experience of establishing a business here to share their experience by emailing info@lookwest.ie or going to http://www.lookwest.ie/case-study-application

“Using the latest in social networking tools, we have made the website very interactive so that we can connect directly with people. The expert panel of judges has recognised this too and now we hope that people from the West will support LookWest.ie’s promotion of the region by voting for us in the final stage of judging. It would be a great achievement for the West to win this prestigious award,” Ms Grehan concluded.

For further information please contact:

Joanne Grehan, Western Development Commission, 086 856 5802 or Angela Bane, Bane Mullarkey, 087 286 5217