From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

Diploma winner

Short description of the project

The AlpCity Project (Local endogenous development and urban regeneration of small alpine towns) (2003-2007) was intended to contribute to the setting-up of a mutual knowledge and a common strategy for local sustainable development through a broad programme of cooperation among 11 public partners from 5 countries (Italy, Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland) with Regione Piemonte acting as Lead Partner. PPs: Regione Lombardia, Regione Veneto, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, Niederösterreich, Région Rhône-Alpes, Région Franche-Comté, Gemeinde Grainau, Gemeinde Tschlin, Municipalité de St.Maurice and Haute École Valaisanne.

AlpCity targeted the support to a polycentric and sustainable local development, the creation and development of new and existing networks, the promotion of innovative initiatives and cooperation activities at a trans-national level.

Moreover, the creation of a shared knowledge and vision has been enhanced by the collection, creation, dissemination and transfer of good and best practices implemented in mountain areas.

Current status and future steps for the project

Within the new European programming period (2007-2013) the AlpCity network is going to be enlarged and assume a strategic direction toward the potential set up of a platform on services policies in mountain areas based on the following three pillars: institutional strengthening, public and private services for people, public and private services for enterprises.

Lessons learned

The most important lessons learned from the management of the project are the following:

  • Importance of the effective leading role of the Lead Partner,
  • Importance of the partnership, which actually has to be real and effective,
  • Importance of a project vision which is necessary for giving a 'different' sense to the project and a 'different' reason to be involved in,
  • Importance of human resources and human relationships. People make the difference. It is important the participatory role, the bottom-up approach the Lead Partner is able to foster, the capacity and willingness to empower people,
  • Importance of communication, information which have to be transparent, effective, efficient and participatory,
  • Importance of the ability to make complicated and 'delicate' issues, situations and relationships easier.
  • This is the basis for enjoying our own work and improving the others' ones.
Award info
Award category: collaborative governance
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2007
Project type
Sector: cross-sectoral
Type of activity: cooperation
Keywords: multinational, mountain regions, network
Short English description: transnational approach for local endogenous development and urban regeneration of small alpine towns
Further information
Organisation: Regione Piemonte
Other applicants:
Level of government: multinational level
Size of organisation:
Number of people involved:
Country: Italy
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
Start date: 2003/02/01
End date: 2007/04/01

AlpCity (45.065067° N, 7.68221° E)
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