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IT Carlow - Sunday Times IT of the Year

Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: "IT Carlow represents all that's good about the buoyant IT sector and made a compelling case to be our IT of the Year. Investments in outstanding facilities such as the new Dargan Centre funded from the institution's own income streams and a mission that puts students and student support at the heart of everything make IT Carlow stand out from the crowd. This enterprising institution is already playing a key role in the economy of the Southeast, a position that can only be reinforced as it seeks Technological University status in partnership with Waterford IT. Carlow is an outstanding resource for students and business alike.

Christmas in Carlow Committee

Plans are almost finalised for a packed programme of events during the month of December.

Huge commitment from all the Committee members to ensure Carlow is the place to be this Christmas.

Full details later.

Online PR - Merging Old Traditions and New Technolgies

Carlow County Enterprise Board are holding a very interesting networking event this November.

The discipline of Public Relations has undergone a digital transformation. Your little black book of contacts is no longer enough to generate brand awareness, engage journalists, interest bloggers or motivate consumers.The consumer has been transformed into a pro-sumer so you need to capture their interest, loyalty and action using new media technologies.

Joanne will share some of her tricks of the trade and also some successful case studies.You will learn practical tips and leave with a new view on how to approach your next PR campaign.

What you will learn
- The components of an online PR campaign
- New technologies for Online PR
- Devising an online campaign
- Measuring campaign results

Date: 13th November 2013

Venue: Talbot Hotel, Carlow

Time: 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Cost: Free for NEW Members & Guests / Non-Members €10

You must rsvp to attend this event to or phone 059 9130880.

Voice Box

A great initiative by Visual.

Voice box looks to create new platforms for discussion at VISUAL. It will appear in a number of ways over the season, be it Voice Box Nights when local creative and innovative people talk before an audience about the work that fuels their passions, or roundtable events linked to gallery project, exhibitions and the performing arts programme.

Last Tuesday was a great example of Voice Box in action and it was interesting to hear the contributions of the speakers including Seamus O Hara of Carlow Brewing Company who gave a real insight into his work in establishing his successful business in Bagenalstown.

Don't miss the next Vox Box!

Online Marketing Strategy & Practice Course

Our 26 participants are at half way point of this interesting and comprehensive 12 week course.

The aim of the course is to introduce the learner to the dynamics and challenges of the principles, practices of online marketing and digital media in marketing. It aims to equip the learner with the skills to create, develop, maintain and critically evaluate an excellent online marketing communication strategy.

A Year in the Life

Don't forget to pick up this week's Nationalist and see our profile of the Courthouse Hotel.

If you would like to be included at some stage please contact us and let us know!

Gridlink Briefing

Eirgrid's Grid Link project team briefed business leaders in Carlow on the benefits that the project will bring for business at a special briefing hosted by Co Carlow Chamber.

Those in attendance received a briefing on the routing corridor options which were published as part of the Stage 1 Report.

John Lowry Project Manager provided information and answered questions on a range of topics including project need, economic development, visual impact, property valuations, impact on health and the consultation process.

Local Government Awards

The Excellence in Local Government Awards showcase best practice in local government and highlight some of the great projects that local authorities are undertaking.The Awards are judged by a panel of expert judges working in the field of Local Government and have been taking place since 2004.The winners will be announced on 13th November.

Carlow Local Authorities have four projects shortlisted in the following categories:

  1. Sustaining the Arts: Panchaea
  2. Festival of the Year: Pan Celtic International & Carlow 800
  3. Smarter Travel: Breathe Carlow
  4. Sports Development: McGrath Park Integrated Community Sports Facility.