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www.comunis.eu UPCOMING EVENTS 5th COMUNIS Project workshop: 27-28 July 2011, Province of Asti (IT) Alpine Space Mid Term Conference - Driving Cooperation for the Alps: 16-17 June 2011, Grenoble (F) Asti: 5th Transnational project meetingThe local develoment agency Langhe actions by local stakeholders. COMUNIS aims at developingMonferrato Roero (LAMORO) intends cooperative strategies for inter- Focus on Evaluation and Adaptation municipal Commercial Locationto combine the project meeting with an Work package 7 “Evaluation and Adap- Development (CLD). By foster-open conference. Main local stakehold- tation” is essential for the viability and ing intra-territorial cooperation,ers that are (in-)directly involved in the sustainability of project results and in- COMUNIS wants to overcomepilot action will be invited. struments after the oﬃcial end of the individualistic attempts of prob-The University of Economy of Asti will project. lem solution on the level of singlepresent main local results. The confer- municipalities. COMUNIS will pro- Work Package 7 has the main purpose toence will be a good chance to collect vide broadly adaptable guidelines critically evaluate the project develop-mid-term project results and carry out a to apply such strategies and oﬀer ment and implementation in the pilot ar-ﬁrst evaluation of the obtained results. practical instruments for assess- eas as well as the consecutive adaptationDay 1: Presentations by the project ing local and regional demand of the CLD strategies and instrumentspartners and a sum up of outputs and for the steering of CLD. The proj- based on the experiences made and les- ect will result in a transnationalactivities, both in terms of content and sons learnt in the pilot regions. knowledge management and es-ﬁnance. Valentina Scioneri tablish sustainable structures forDay 2: Presentation of oﬃcial publicity managing CLD in the COMUNIS Langhe Monferrato Roero pilot areas. The COMUNIS project COMUNIS at the Alpine Convention: is part of the European Territorial Cooperation and co-funded by the Advantages of inter-municipal CLD in mountain areas European Regional Development First results and experiences gained their natural geographic conditions, Fund (ERDF) in the scope of the in the South Tyrolean pilot area Pas- commercial zones and SMEs oﬀer alter- Alpine Space Programme. It runs seier Valley gained by the Eurac were native work places to people employed from July 2009 to June 2012. presented at the third meeting of the in agriculture (see table below). working group “Demography & Em- These links are decisive for the pre- PROJECT PARTNERS ployment” in January 2011. servation of rural areas. If commercial Lead partner: Particularly attention was paid to the areas were to be linked and marketed University of Applied Sciences challenges and opportunities encoun- jointly, a decisive step towards sustain- Western Switzerland, Institut tered at implementing inter-municipal able regional development planning Economie et Tourisme (CH). cooperation for CLD at the local level. with regard to the respective Alpine ERDF-Lead partner: From a socio-economic point of view, Convention protocol would be taken. Chambre de Commerce et inter-municipal commercial areas are d’Industrie de Lyon (F). of utmost importance. Especially in Miriam L. Weiß Other partners: dezentralized mountain areas, with Eurac research Stadt Sonthofen (DE), Eurac- Research, Institute for Regional • Increase a region’s attractiveness as a place to work and to live. Development and Location Man- graphy Demo- • Cooperation and identiﬁcation with the area to foster motivation to stay. agement (IT), Canton du Val- • Participation in commercial location development of municipalities with- ais Service du développement out own suitable areas (e.g. due to topographic reasons). économique (CH), Ministero dell’Ambiente e delle Tutela del • Preservation of work places by means of strategic planning and adminis- Occupation Territorio e del Mare (IT), Bosch tration of commercial areas in the region. Partner GmbH (DE), Regionalent- • Preservation of decentralized work places; particularly of SMEs. wicklung Vorarlberg (AT), Società • Oﬀer work places for people employed in agriculture. Consortile Langhe Monferrato • Promote cooperation of enterprises and educational institutions. Roero, settore progetti europei • Reduction of costs and administrative capacities. (IT), BSC Poslovno podporni cen- Administ- ration • Joint marketing of commercial locations. ter, d.o.o., Kranj (SI), Association • Spill-over-eﬀect of joint CLD to other common problem areas. Suisse pour le Service aux Régions et Communes (CH).Alpine Space Programme - European Territorial Cooperation 2007-2013 4