The Cantal, a French ‘département’, has suffered from rural depopulation. Local development has been chosen to attract new residents. Urban areas suffer from an oppressive over-population situation with increasing problems relating to transportation, sustainable development, purchasing power, etc. While nearly 60% of jobs are in service-related fields, people take two hours of transportation to go to their workplace in order to sit in front of a computer screen, although these activities could be undertaken in the Cantal, in a less stressed and more productive way.
The expected emergence of telework, made possible by the recent evolution of new technologies, is an historic opportunity to achieve demographic balance between urban and rural areas. Thus this project has been launched in order to propose a network of telecentres with each telecentre having a speciality. The aim of the project is to make telecommuting a factor of equal opportunity and economic development: to contribute to the development of rural area business through Information and Communication Technology, to encourage the growth and attractiveness of the Cantal by proposing new ways of working and to contribute to measuring the balanced environment of the flow of migration between urban and rural areas.
Today, five telecentres are open and two more are in the pipeline. The project is now in its second phase: the establishment of a local strategy of outreach and development of the Network of Telecentres of Cantal to develop rural employment, revolving around three main areas - training and information, supporting the Cantal through the establishment of tools, and services for exploration and communication. To this end, an extensive communication plan will be deployed (at conventions, meetings etc.) in collaboration with Cantal Expansion, which will create jobs in Cantal, especially for groups that often face difficulties in recruitment (those geographically isolated, people with disabilities or women wishing to benefit from flexible working hours). Each telecentre has one or more specialities. An initial specialisation is taking place by building each telecentre for a specific offer, for a different target market. This approach builds on the innovations made possible by telecommuting. This will ensure that each territory will have a rapid return on investment by building on the strengths of each territory. For every problem related to telework, there is a specialised telecentre since specialisation simplifies the network structure of the telecentres while improving the skills of each location. Each area will thus strengthen its own strengths and become a value-added specialist in the Cantal network and enhance collaboration between members, by eliminating competition detrimental to immediate effectiveness.
|Award category:||partnership working|
|Sector:||Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform|
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|Keywords:||Telecentres, rural depopulation, tele-commuting|
|Short English description:||The aim of the project is to make telecommuting a factor of equal opportunity and economic development|
|Organisation:||Conseil Général du Cantal|
|Level of government:||national level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
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|EU membership:||EU member|