About the Ministry of Regional Development and Transport Saxony-Anhalt

The Ministry of Regional Development and Transport is the supreme (regional) planning authority for the German state (Bundesland) of Saxony-Anhalt. It has wide-reaching policy making powers, including competences in urban design, transport and road construction as well as regional development and geographical information.

During the past years, the Ministry has gathered great experiences in many European projects and the management of structural funds. Within the CENTRAL EUROPE PROGRAMME, the ministry was the Lead Partner of the projects CrossCultour and YURA and participated as a partner in SONORA, LABEL and ChemLog. Regarding the management of structural funds, other ministries of the state government of Saxony-Anhalt are responsible managing authorities for the EAFRED, ERDF and ESF operational programmes. Furthermore, the Ministry takes part in several intra-ministerial working and steering groups regarding the management of those funds.

In the realisation of e-CREATE, it will share its vast policy knowledge to utilise different European funds and own instruments to increase the competitiveness of rural areas’ businesses.

Focussing on 5 networks of cultural and leisure tourism attractions, a number of policy initiatives were launched by the state of Saxony-Anhalt to strengthen these destinations’ competitiveness. The experiences gained here will be shared with the e-CREATE partners. Tourism and ICT are an essential parts of the states’ regional development plan. Yet, Ministry experts want to benefit from the exchange to better understand the potentials in promoting e-skills among tourism-related SME and in using the opportunities given by European structural funds in order to further improve its regional development policies and existing funding schemes.

Therefore, the Ministry will lead the elaboration of an implementation plan for Saxony-Anhalt. To facilitate the dissemination of the results, foremost the drafted policy recommendations, of e-CREATE, the Ministry will use its close links with the Ministry of Economics and Labour Saxony-Anhalt, its wider network as well as the representation of Saxony-Anhalt in Brussels.

Saxony-Anhalt

Saxony-Anhalt offers its visitors a wide range of memorable attractions, art and culture, lively historic cities, events, nature and relaxation. The state is dominated by vast rural areas where cultural tourism-related services are an important economic branch and a major catalyst for the diversification of business activities to reduce the dependence on agriculture.

With its 1,000 km long "Romanesque Road" full of fascinating medieval monuments such as cathedrals, churches, castles, palaces and palatinates, scenic and historically important parks, known as "Garden Dreams", UNESCO World Heritage sites, memorial places of great historical figures like Martin Luther, Otto the Great, Bach and Handel, music events and festivals, Saxony-Anhalt is a perfect holiday destination for culture and art lovers as well as all tourists in search of peaceful relaxation.

Thanks to its rivers, natural lakes and growing lake landscapes, Saxony-Anhalt is also a destination of water tourism known as the "Blue Ribbon" and an ideal place for active holidays.

Further information

Website: www.mlv.sachsen-anhalt.de

About the Ústí Region

Ústí Region is the public administrative body – NUTS III, part of NUTS II Severozapad - the area of the region is divided into 16 administrative units covering 5 335 km2, with total number of inhabitants 823 173. The region is a territory-based community of citizens entitled to self-government within its independent powers, responsible for the development of the territory and the needs of population; it co-operates with towns and villages. The Region represents the Governor, public administration is provided by the Regional Office, it is the highest administration body in the area with competences in environmental, health, transport, regional planning and regional development, schools and education issues.

The region possesses a big development potential, according to the location on important European transport axis Berlin-Prague-Vienna and good availability of the City of Prague. 

Ústí Region has a deep experience in managing national and EU funds and also with support of regional stakeholders in national and EU projects preparation and implementation, e-CREATE project is run by the Department of Strategy Development and Project Realization, closely cooperating with all regional stakeholders, the regional office also manages and supports the historical and cultural institutions.

Ústí Region is the region with the highest unemployment rate in the Czech Republic caused by the reduction of mining activities in recent decades. As a “landscape of opposites” – mining areas and industrial landscape on one side and beautiful nature together with historical monuments on the other side develops the strategies to support SME´s development in tourism by promotion of its points of interest with new technologies utilisation.

 

About Nièvre Numérique (former: Niverlan)

Nièvre Numérique ‘High Speed Broadband for Everyone’: Niverlan JA was  created in October 2006 by the Nièvre County Council and the Council of the Nevers Urban Area in  order to carry out the local public service of electronic  communications within their territories.

NIVERLAN JA is in charge of the broadband network for the county (département) of the Nièvre in France. This network combines a 570 km optic fibre backbone with Wimax technology and satellite solutions which  guarantees a  high performance public service (2Mbtsto for more than 98% of the population) neutrality (it welcomes all providers) and balance between rural and urban areas; Niverlan has also pioneered the installation of optic fibre cables on electricity poles (HT-A). With this experiment 90% of the civil engineering costs can be saved. Niverlan was the first public body in France to implement this solution. It has established one of the first WiMax networks in France, relating both to the number of Base Stations points as well as the surface area coverage.

Among other projects Niverlan also jointly coordinates two initiatives:

  1. i-Lab, an initiative to help the managers of SME’s to integrate ICT into their organisation and business, Niverlan  hascreated two iLabs which are training and information centres (e- marketing, social networks, cloud computing, ...)
  2. The ‘Digital Canal’  to connect the ‘Canal du Nivernais’ to Niverlan’s High-Speed Broadband backbone (the Canal Joint Authority  is joint coordinator). This network allows connection to the internet and the Dissemination of useful information to canal users, together with the development of new services and products: -Access to Wifi; Mobile internet site of the digital canal; Multimédia Terminals; Access for visitors to e-administered water and electricity terminals.

Nevers

The County of the Nièvre is:
One of the four counties of Burgundy Is in the Centre of France,200 km south of Paris, it is made up of 312 communes and has 225 000 inhabitants. Over half of the population lives in rural areas. Cattle raising is the most important activity (340 000 cattle); The main activities are: tourism, forestry, automobile industry, agriculture and viticulture, including production of Pouilly-Fumé and other well-known AOC’s.
Nevers (the main town in the county).

Nevers is mostly famous for its Saint-Cyr-Sainte Juliette Cathedral, its renaissance Ducal Palace , the ramparts, the Croux  Portal and Saint-Etienne Church are the most famous places to be visited. The centre of the city, still includes some medieval and renaissance buildings. Nevers is also famous for its art pottery inspired by traditional and contemporary designed products.

About twenty five km north of Nevers also on the river Loire is the town of La Charité sur Loire, which is a designated UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE because of its monastic (Clunisian) site the Priory of Our Lady of Charity which is one of the major sites of Burgundian Romanesque art. It includes a magnificent church with a hexagonal tower, an original Romanesque choir. La Charité sur Loire is also the "City of Books" with a concentration of second hand and specialist book shops, book and literary fairs and other linked cultural events. www.lacharitesurloire-tourisme.com

Canal du Nivernais:

The ‘Canal du Nivernais’ is a water course currently solely used by pleasure craft. It winds through the Nièvre and its neighbouring county the Yonne until the city of Auxerre. It has a cycle-path all along its course and has become of the most important tourist destinations in the county of the Nièvre. In order to ensure that the Canal is appropriately managed it is administered by a Joint Public Authority the ‘Syndicat Mixte d'Equipement Touristique du Canal du Nivernais’(SMETCN).

In order to make the Nvernais Canal more attractive to tourists, the Niverlan Joint Authority and SMETCN, in association with the Nièvre tourism development agency, started to develop an initiative which would facilitate access to multimedia services along the length of the canal, with the principal objective of attracting and retaining tourists using the canal for both river cruising and cross-country cycling.

The digital canal project along of the Nivernais canal was designed as an answer to the recurring problem of providing tourists/visitors with adequate information services along the whole watercourse. Information services were often inadequate and sometimes completely lacking along certain sections, which was becoming a brake on the development of both pleasure cruising and cross-country cycling.

Magny Cours:

The Nièvre is also home to the most famous racing circuit in France after Le Mans: Magny-Cours, it was built in 1960 by Jean Bernigaud and was home to the prestigious L'Ecole de Pilotage Winfield racing school, which produced drivers such as François Cevert and Jacques Laffite. However, in the 1980s the track fell into disrepair and was not used for international motor racing until it was purchased by the Regional Conseil de la Nièvre.

In the 1990s the Ligier (and, after Ligier was bought, Prost) Formula One team was based at the circuit and did much of its testing at Magny-Cours. It hosted the French Formula One Grand Prix from 1991 to 2008, and the Bol d'Or Motorcycle race for several years after 2000. The circuit was re-designed in 2003 and is used for a wide range of events include various sports and commercial use, with several major international race meetings every year.

About the Province of Modena

The Province of Modena is an intermediate authority between municipalities and regional authorities. It coordinates 47 local municipalities in order to guarantee their common goals and coordinated development.

The Province of Modena is constituted by 8 main Area: General Directorate; Department of the Presidency; Human Resources Area; Financial, Estate and Treasure Area;  Territory and Environment Area; Public Works Area;  Local Welfare Area; Economy Area.

The Economy Area which manages the e-CREATE project is responsible for culture and tourism, productive activities, foodeand agriculture. In particular, it provides guidance, control and assistance to the local stakeholders with services and assistance to the sector development. It also promotes initiatives at various levels and supports the main actors in order to enhance the local economical structures.

Tourism destination: Province of Modena

The Province of Modena offers a variety of tourism experiences involving art, culture, motors, food and wine itineraries, nature, spa's and wellness holidays. The Cathedral, together with Piazza Grande and the soaring tower Ghirlandina (UNESCO World Heritage site) as well as the Romanesque architectural treasures spread all over the territory, from urban settings to small villages on the Apennines, which make the Province of Modena the ideal destination for cultural tourism travellers.

Thanks to its worldwide famous traditional balsamic vinegar, the Prosciutto of Modena, Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, Lambrusco Wine and delicious local dishes, the Province of Modena is able to attract and satisfy the most discerning palates.

The Apennines, with parks and natural reserves, offers facilities for both summer and winter outdoor activities such as skiing, snowboarding, trekking, MTBiking, fishing, excursions and much more. Homeland to world-famous motor brands such as Ferrari, the Province of Modena offers special car packages, museums and private historic car collections imposing itself as a perfect destination for incentive holidays.

 

Further information

Website: www.provincia.modena.it
e-mail: trota.s(at)provincia.modena.it; calzolari.i(at)provincia.modena.it
Phone: +39 059 200006

 

About West-Pannon Regional Development Company

West-Pannon Regional Development Company is a member of a nationwide network of 7 development agencies, owned by 15 regional municipalities and the Government. The Company is a main institution of economic development in the Hungarian “Western-Transdanubian” Region. Since its establishment it has been involved in a wide range of projects, - mainly targeting regional and economic development.

The Company has played an important policy-making role in West-Transdanubian Region since its foundation due to it's special mission and often participates in projects' implementation and coordinates the management of important development projects of the Region.

The main spheres of activity of the Company include the financing of SMEs in the Western Transdanubian region by capital investment, as well as advising on business opportunities and the drawing up of project proposals for regional development. The target group of this latter activity is composed of enterprises, local governments and small region associations operating in Gy?r-Moson-Sopron, Vas and Zala counties. In addition to this, the Company mediates various funds available by application and other funds (mainly originating from the Regional Development Holding group or other funds subsidized by the State), further, prepares development projects in the region and takes part in their implementation as well.

About West-Transdanubian Region:

The 7 statistical-planning regions were accepted in Hungary in 1998 with a parliamentary decision. The West-Transdanubian region consists of three counties: Gy?r-Moson-Sopron, Vas and Zala. It is stretching long in the North-South direction.

The region has borders with for countries: with Austria to the West, with Slovenia and Croatia to the South-West and with the Slovak Republic to the North.

The region has unique natural environmental resources as far as spa potential is concerned, since it disposes of considerable assets both in quality and quantity, and is also boasts of the Hévízi-tó (Lake Hévíz), the only lake in Europe suitable for bathing throughout the year. In addition to the spa tourist facilities, there are further possibilities to be explored in the region concerning the development of cultural and heritage tourism.
The tourist exploitation of the natural and land resources focused explicitly on the variety the eco-tourism elements, of which provide a sound basis to develop this area.

Further information

H-9700 Szombathely, K?szegi str. 23.
Website: www.nyupan.hu
E-mail: nagy.imre.gyozo(at)rfh.hu
Phone: 0036 94  500-785

About the TRANSROMANICA Association

TRANSROMANICA stands for the Romanesque Routes of European Heritage. Magnificent cathedrals, peaceful monasteries and beautiful churches from medieval times can all be found along the TRANSROMANICA cultural route. In 2007, TRANSROMANICA was awarded the title "Major Cultural Route of the Council of Europe".

The TRANSROMANICA Association unites seven European regions to present their monuments from the Romanesque period, which emerged around the year 1000.

The Association focuses on the common cultural heritage of the Romanesque art and architecture in Europe.It combines eight members in seven countries, forming a Romanesque network of itineraries and sites. As an international non-profit organization TRANSROMANICA promotes and valorizes this legacy and thus supports regional and economic development. Its main objectives include studying the Romanesque heritage in the regions, making the sites accessible to the public, gently developing them as a marketing tool and using the monuments for cultural and tourism purposes.

The association's seat is in the city of Magdeburg in the German region Saxony-Anhalt.

Saxony-Anhalt

Saxony-Anhalt offers its visitors a wide range of memorable attractions, art and culture, lively historic cities, events, nature and relaxation.

With its 1,000 km long "Romanesque Road" full of fascinating medieval monuments such as cathedrals, churches, castles, palaces and palatinates, scenic and historically important parks, known as "Garden Dreams", UNESCO World Heritage sites, memorial places of great historical figures like Martin Luther, Otto the Great, Bach and Handel, music events and festivals, Saxony-Anhalt is a perfect holiday destination for culture and art lovers as well as all tourists in search of peaceful relaxation.

Thanks to its rivers, natural lakes and growing lake landscapes, Saxony-Anhalt is also a destination of water tourism known as the "Blue Ribbon" and an ideal place for active holidays.

Further information

Website: www.transromanica.com
E-Mail: info@transromanica.com
Phone: +49 (0) 391 73 84 350

 

About the Lombardy Region

The Lombardy Region is situated in the North of Italy, and is geographically collocated between East and West, acting as a bridge towards the Mediterranean Sea. Around 10 million people live in Lombardy.
In this context, the action of the General Directorate for Training, Education and Culture develops in three principal areas of intervention and is finalized to the exploitation of cultural heritage for the qualification and support of cultural services and cultural activities.
Our priority is supporting and promoting cultural and creative industries, as important catalysers for development and attractiveness of the territory. Our work is finalised to the cultural promotion of the Lombardy territory, for its inhabitants and tourists.

The Region of Lombardy is traditionally known for its economy and finance and its international role in the fashion industry. Also Lombardy owns a rich cultural heritage: museums, monuments, archaeological and UNESCO sites (13,6 % of the nation’s heritage).
There are more than 23.000 historical buildings in Lombardy, form historical routes to contemporary architecture.

Tourists may come to Lombardy for different reasons. Mostly on business trip concentrated around the city of Milan, but cultural tourism is always more on the rise, especially in historical cities and cultural sites.

The Region of Lombardy offers a lot of naturalistic attractions. The lake region (the most known are the Garda, Como, Maggiore) attracts tourists fascinated with water sports and with their historical sites, historical villas and panoramic spots. Also the mountains in Lombardy are a great place for skiers and excursionists.

General Directorate Culture

This DG promotes culture as a factor of economic development as an investment in the enhancement of the cultural institutions either in public and private sector, in order to protect the cultural heritage and to improve cultural offer in Lombardy Region.
Especially, the main goal is to recuperate, to give value and make usable cultural property -tangible and intangible- though different type of actions:

  • development of great cultural importance areas, also landscaping,  pinpointing cultural tourist routes;
  • valorization of cultural diversity and cultural and creative enterprises, local entities, archives related to intangible heritage, arts and entertainment;
  • valorization and strengthening or museums networks, eco museums network and library networks 

Culture means not only cultural heritage, cultural works, services and events, but also means preservation of tradition and folklore, valorization of cultural excellence in the streets and historical paths, operators training and monitoring.

Further information

Website: www.cultura.regione.lombardia.it

About the VALSOUSA -
Association of Municipalities of Vale do Sousa | Route of the Romanesque

A Route founded in the memories of the Romanesque, inviting you on an inspiring journey through places with history, near singular monasteries, churches, chapels, bridges, castles, towers and memorials, matured in a land forged in green, full of wisdom and flavours.

In the land of the valleys of Tâmega and Sousa, in the heart of the North of Portugal, stands an important architectural heritage of Romanesque origin. Common traits that carry legends and stories born with the foundation of the Nationality and which witness the significant role that this territory formerly played in the history of the nobility and religious orders in Portugal.

This heritage is structured in the Route of the Romanesque, germinated, in 1998, within the municipalities that comprise the VALSOUSA - Association of Municipalities of Vale do Sousa and extended, in 2010, to the remaining municipalities of the NUT III – Tâmega.

Anchored in a set of 58 monuments of great value and exceptional characteristics, the Route of the Romanesque intends to take on a role of excellence in the scope of cultural and landscape touring, able to position the region as a reference destination of the Romanesque.

Tâmega and Sousa

The Tâmega and Sousa consists of 12 municipalities: Amarante, Baião, Castelo de Paiva, Celorico de Basto, Cinfães, Felgueiras, Lousada, Marco de Canaveses, Paços de Ferreira, Paredes, Penafiel and Resende. With an area of 1,988 km2, accounting for 9.3% of the North region, the Tâmega and Sousa has always played a leading role in the occupation and organization of the territory, lying in the heart of a World Heritage Triangle, comprised by Porto, Guimarães and Vale do Douro (the Douro Valley).

On a voyage through History with the Route of the Romanesque, the Tâmega and Sousa also offers moments of contemplation to its visitors and invites them to contact with the peoples of the region. Trails and paths await you for walking or cycling, in perfect communion with nature. And the river Paiva challenges the boldest ones to unique experiences with unforgettable rafting slides.

Numerous festivities and pilgrimages are the privileged stage for a re-enactment of the old markets, brought alive by the unique forms of dancing, playing and singing. Identity marks also present in the traditional arts and crafts, from which the embroidery, linen work and the restoration of artwork and wood carving stand out.

Experience the tastes and odours of traditional cuisine, always served with green wines of excellence sprung in these lands. Recover your strengths in the quietness that surrounds the rural tourism units in the region or go for a walk in the centenary gardens, where time seems to have stood still. Wherever you go, you will be welcomed with the courtesy and authenticity of the local population.

Further information

Website: www.rotadoromanico.com
e-mail: rotadoromanico(at)valsousa.pt
Phone: +351 255 810 706 | +351 918 116 488

About the Malopolska Regional Development Agency

Malopolska Regional Development Agency in 2013 celebrates its twentieth anniversary of promoting the development of the local economy.
The Agency specializes in providing comprehensive know-how and modern financial solutions to businesses. It helps companies to obtain EU funding and to invest safely in the Malopolska region; plus, it actively supports export activities by offering professional consultancy services and access to an international network of contacts.

The Agency’s offer includes the provision of information and advisory services for business owners as well as subsidies for the development of businesses in the Malopolska region and financial products such as loans and guarantees.
The Malopolska Agency for Regional Development creates a network of transfers between science and business; it promotes new technologies and underwrites capital for the business use of innovative solutions. As a recipient of EU subsidies, it implements regional as well as national operating programs.

Together with the Malopolska Voivodeship and Krakow Technology Park, the Agency is involved in the Business In Malopolska project.  By creating an integrated system of business services, it will have at its disposal the only comprehensive database of investment offers as well as export companies and foreign clients in Malopolska. As part of the whole host of consultancy services offered, business owners will be able to take advantage of professional advice and profiled training sessions, and additionally will receive a marketing package enabling them to gain a competitive position on foreign markets.

About Malopolska Region

Malopolska Voivodeship or Malopolska Province (in Polish: województwo malopolskie), also known as Lesser Poland Voivodeship, is a voivodeship (province), in southern Poland. It has an area of 15 108 square kilometres, and a population of almost 3,3 million. It was created on 1 January 1999 out of the former Kraków, Tarnów, Nowy Sacz and parts of Bielsko-Biala, Katowice, Kielce and Krosno Voivodeships, pursuant to the Polish local government reforms adopted in 1998. The province's name recalls the traditional name of a historic Polish region, Lesser Poland, or in Polish: Ma?opolska. Current Lesser Poland Voivodeship, however, covers only small part of the broader ancient Ma?opolska region which, together with Greater Poland (Wielkopolska) and Silesia (Slask), formed the early medieval Polish state. Historic Lesser Poland is much larger than the current province.
The province is bounded on the north by the Swietokrzyskie Mountains, on the west by Jura Krakowsko-Czestochowska (a broad range of hills stretching from Kraków to Czestochowa), and on the south by the Tatra, Pieniny and Beskidy Mountains. Politically it is bordered by Silesian Voivodeship to the west, Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship to the north, Subcarpathian Voivodeship to the east, and Slovakia to the south.

Almost all of Lesser Poland lies in the Vistula River catchment area. The city of Kraków is the capital of voivodeship, the second largest city in Poland (former capital of Poland to the end of sixteenth century). It lies at the crossroads of major international routes linking Dresden with Kiev, and Gdansk with Budapest. Located here is the second largest international airport in Poland (after Warsaw's). The region has 34 schools of higher education, some of which enjoy a world renown. In Kraków is one of the oldest universities in Europe: Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364. The number of students in the region exceeds 200 thousand annually, and the number of graduates is around 40 thousand.

The region's economy includes high technology, banking, chemical and metallurgical industries, coal, ore, food processing, and spirit and tobacco industries. The most industrialized city of the voivodeship is Kraków. The largest regional enterprise operates here, the Tadeusz Sendzimir Steelworks in Nowa Huta, employing 17,500 people. Another major industrial center is located in the west, in the neighborhood of Chrzanów (chiefly the production of railway engines) and Oswiecim (chemical works). Kraków Park Technologiczny, a Special Economic Zone, has been established within the voivodeship. There are about 300,000 registered economic entities operating in the voivodeship, mostly small and medium-sized. Foreign investment, growing in the region, reached approximately USD 20 billion by now. The Malopolska Region and its capital city of Kraków are among the leading regions and cities in terms of the number and quality of research & development institutions. This is thanks to the strong position of Kraków as an academic centre and the high level of scientific research.
Kraków and Malopolska have perfectly developed trade and services. The region’s stores range from hypermarkets, such as Metro, Carrefour, Alma, Tesco, IKEA, Kaufland, Lidl, Leroy Merlin, Castorama, OBI, to elegant shopping malls (Krakowska, Kazimierz, Solvay) and outlets of Polish and foreign brands. Lovers of food & drink can enjoy more than 1000 restaurants, pubs, cafés and bars serving regional and foreign cuisine (Italian, Spanish, French, Asian, Georgian, Ukrainian, Indian, South-American). Malopolska is famous for local specialties and traditional regional dishes: sheep cheese, fish dishes, fruit preserves, bread, liqueurs and beer. In the nearest future, the offer will be enriched by wines produced in the regional vineyards of Malopolska and Podkarpacie (Malopolska Wine Trail). Other major types of operators include car dealers and car service shops, real property agents, legal and advisory offices, tour operators and tourist agencies, mobile network operators, Internet providers, etc.

Malopolska has the most diversified nature of all the Polish regions. It has 6 national parks (Babiogórski, Gorczanski, Ojcowski, Pieninski, Tatrzanski and Magurski), 84 nature reserves and 11 landscape parks. Malopolska is the most frequently visited region in Poland. The number of tourists who have visited it in recent years has reached 10-12 million. The region offers good conditions for a range of sports and leisure activities - several dozen ski stations, hiking routes, water sports sites, studs, tennis and golf clubs, swimming halls and open-air swimming pools, kayaking courses, diving sites, etc. The region has many areas for tourism and recreation, including Zakopane (Poland's most popular winter resort) and the Tatra, Pieniny and Beskidy Mountains. The natural landscape features many historic sites. Malopolska has 8 sites featuring on the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage (including the Old Town in Kraków, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Sanctuary and the former Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Oswiecim). Another tourist destination is the town of Bochnia with its salt mine, Europe's oldest.

Further information:

Malopolska Regional Development Agency (MARR)
31-542 Kraków, ul. Kordylewskiego 11
Poland
Website: www.marr.pl
E-Mail: marr(at)marr.pl, biuro(at)marr.pl

About GAPR sp. z o.o. (Former: GAPP S.A.)

Upper Silesian Agency for Entrepreneurship Promotion Co. was established in February 1994. Company’s mission is to create the most suitable conditions and tools to increase competitiveness of economy in our region. It was a really difficult time of going out of deep economic recession, with economic and social tensions. During the creation of the company, the main idea was to set up institution supporting governmental administration in order to improve and accelerate structural and ownership changes in state - owned corporations. GAPP’s activities were also focused on development and growth of the region.

In recent years, the Company has active participation in the process of the European Union integration. GAPP Co. is involved in regional, national and international projects. Thanks to European Union funds GAPP Co. helps in improving regional attractiveness, competitiveness and innovation, which became prior objective of the Upper Silesian Agency for Entrepreneurship Promotion Co.

About Slaskie Region

Slaskie Region is a province (voivodeship) in southern Poland, in the historic region known as Upper Silesia (Górny Slask). Capital of the region is Katowice city. It borders both, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south. It is also bordered by four other Polish voivodeships: Opole (west), Lodz (north), Swietokrzyskie (north-east) and Lesser Poland (east). Slaskie is predominantly an industrial region. In the past the economy was determined by coal mining. Now, considering the investment volume, car manufacturing is becoming more and more important. The voivodship's economy consists of mostly small and medium-sized enterprises. Slaskie province is Poland’s most attractive investment location and the most urbanized area in Central Europe. The Katowice Special Economic Zone, with 50,000 jobs and EUR4.4 bn in investments, working-age population of over 3 mln, nearly 200,000 students at 45 universities and colleges. Silesia is one of Poland’s leading centres for R&D. There are 18 industry and technology parks operating in the energy, automation, electronics and construction sectors. Silesia’s densest network of expressways and motorways in excellent way connects to other parts of Poland and Europe. The cities of the conurbation are interconnected by a multi-lane transit road. In ?l?skie Region two important Transeuropean Transport Corridors are crossing: Baltic Adriatic (VI) and Berlin – Kijev (III), what is positioning the region on high accessibility level.

Both northern and southern parts of region are surrounded by a green belt. Bielsko-Biala is enveloped by the magnificent Beskidy Mountains which are particularly popular with winter sports fans. This genuine skier's paradise offers over 150 ski lifts and 200 kilometres of ski routes. More and more slopes are illuminated and equipped with artificial snow generators. Szczyrk, Brenna, Wisla, Istebna and Ustron are the most popular winter mountain resorts. This part of the region is also interesting because of cultural heritage of Tripoint Poland – Czech Repoblic and Slovakia where e-CREATE project focuses its interests. Rock climbing sites can be found in admirable corners of Jura Krakowsko-Czestochowska. The ruins of castles forming the Eagle Nests Trail are a famous attraction of the region. While in Silesia, one cannot miss the Black Madonna's Jasna Góra Sanctuary in Czestochowa - the annual destination of over 4 million pilgrims from all over the world. In south-western Silesia is popular place for visit parks, palaces and old monastery (Rudy Raciborskie, Wodzislaw Slaski). Along Odra river are interesing natural reserve and at summer places for swimming.
With its more than two centuries of industrialisation history, region has a number of technical heritage memorials. These include narrow and standard gauge railways, coal and silver mines, shafts and its equipment from 19th and 20th century.

Further information

Upper Silesian Agency for Entrepreneurship Promotion Co.
Regional Centre of Innovation and Technology Transfer
40-045 Katowice, ul. Astrów 10
Poland
www.gapp.pl
sekretariat(at)gapp.pl

eTrøndelag -  facilitating ICT development in rural areas

eTrøndelag is a project group and a regional ICT “development tool” for Sør Trøndelag County Authority. eTrøndelag aim to realize more of the value-adding potential resident in the region through facilitating a development of a creative use of ICT, fostering new services and possibilities. Hence eTrøndelag identifies, initiates, supports and realizes regional ICT-related development projects. Efforts to increase the general awareness and understanding of the possibilities related to use of ICT is also imperative.

eTrøndelag consists of a team of 4 advisors which handle a wide array of projects, adding ICT-specialists and consultants from other disciplines to the group. The team also draws upon the competent advisors in the “Innovation and business-development”- department. The significant development of high-speed broadband and mobile infrastructure in the region makes it possible to create new and advanced digital services on top of it. eTrøndelag’s main task is to explore these possibilities through four separate areas of priority, which also interact with each other. The primary «tool» is the development of a modern high-speed digital infrastructure in the region, executed by « ICT–Infrastructure and Digital development». eTrøndelag harvest the benefits from this activity through it’s three other priority areas : «eGovernment - Municipalities», «Digital Communication and Interaction», and «Digital Culture development».

Trøndelag County (South and North)

Trøndelag is famous for many things, but our countryside and all of the wonderful cultural events that we organize are probably what we are most proud of. With seven national parks, a beautiful coastline and many other great outdoor areas, the countryside plays a central role in life in Trøndelag. Skiers, hikers, hunters and anglers all feel a twinge of excitement in their bodies as the season approaches, and they all have plenty of options to choose from.

There are many things you can say about the people of Trøndelag, but their urge to create and express themselves has always one of their characteristics. That is something that we and all of our guests benefit from, through festivals in a variety of genres, exhibitions, local drama clubs and major theatres featuring well-known and lesser-known faces.

Trondheim is the main hub of the region. It is where you will find the best shopping, cafés, cosy streets with an intimate atmosphere, culture and sporting events. Several of the other towns, such as Røros, Stjørdal, Steinkjer and Verdal also offer lots of interesting activities and services.

It is hard to travel through Trøndelag without stumbling upon places with strong historic roots, many of which are keen to tell their stories. Battlefields, old churches and castles, rock carvings and burial mounds all witness the presence of earlier inhabitants, dating back to the Viking era and beyond. (Source: www.trondelag.com/en/information-trondelag/)

Further information

Website eTrøndelag (in Norwegian): www.etrondelag.wordpress.com

Website Sør Trøndelag County Authority (in English):

http://stfk.no/no/Om_fylkeskommunen/Kort_om_fylkeskommunen/Sor-Trondelag_County_Council/

Phone eTrøndelag: ( Eistein Guldseth) +47 73 86 64 34

About the Donegal Region

 

The Local Enterprise Office Donegal (LEO) provides a range of flexible and innovative services to businesses in Donegal, Ireland. These include a business information service through which a wide range of information on establishing a business in Donegal can be accessed and practical advice received.  We also provide a range of management development and business training programmes and access to grant aid for new and existing businesses employing less than ten employees.

In addition to working directly with businesses in the county the LEO works with the schools in the county to promote and facilitate the development of an enterprise culture within the educational system.

The LEO also engages in proactive campaigns to raise the profile and awareness of businesses in the county. 

 

 

For further information

Email:info@leo.donegalcoco.ie

Website: www.localenterprise.ie/donegal

Telephone 00353749160735

About the CASTILLA & LEON Regional Authority

The regional authority of Castilla & Leon represents the region with the complete authority regarding the cultural heritage of the entire region of Castilla & Leon.

The regional authority has put in motion an ambitious program for involvement in this heritage, articulated in the strategic plan for the cultural heritage (Plan PAHIS 2004-2012) which includes the recognition of cultural values and cataloging methodology as well as guaranting the cultural heritage protection, preserving and restoring the cultural heritage, coordination and collaboration with other institutions and entities.

Regarding the dissemination of heritage, the regional authority has been held since 1998 AR& PA, Biennal of Restoration and Heritage Management, one of the fairs and congress most important in Spain in the field of the intervention on the historical and cultural heritage. This year has been held the VIII edition from the 24th to 27th May 2012 in Valladolid.

CASTILLA & LEON

Castilla & Leon is located in the northwest of Spain. It’s one of the 17 autonomous communities that territorially comprise Spain. The region has more land surface than any other community in Spain with a low average population density 27,15 inhabitants/km2 and a high density in cultural heritage 1820 declared cultural properties.

This invaluable wealth and artistic beauty spread by each of every of the corners of Castilla & Leon highlights a number of assets and buildings for its value have been declared World Heritage by Unesco. This declaration is for the three old cities of Ávila, Segovia and Salamanca, as well as, the archaelogical site of Atapuerca in the province of Burgos, the singular engineering of the Romans gold mines called Las Médulas in León, the Palaeolithic site of Siega Verde in Salamanca and one of the busiest routes in Europa, Saint James’way and one of the most beautiful architectural assets, the only Spanish gothic Cathedral in the country declared World Heritage: the cathedral of Burgos.

Currently, Castilla & Leon has over 40 natural areas belonging to the network of natural spaces, characterized by diversity and environmental quality where the mountain, the plain and the banks provide a wide range of ecosystems associated with fauna, flora and specially to an environment where populations coexist in the same natural area.

In Castilla & Leon, the Picos de Europa, the Sierra de Gredos, Mount Santiago, the mountain ranges of the Sierra de la Demanda, Urbión Mountains and the Sierra de Ancares are, among others, the mountain areas that excite lovers of nature, hiking and environmental values. In addition, beautiful lakes, lush mountains and river courses encased by the erosion of their banks as Arribes del Duero, the Gorges del Duratón, Lobos River Canyon or Yecla form places of rare beauty and uniqueness.

Further information

Website: www.jcyl.es , www.turismocastillayleon.com
Phone: +34 (0) 902 30 30 30