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Building regional partnerships and integrated projects


Lecture for Riga, 5 december 2012

Lecture for Riga, 5 december 2012

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  • 1. How partnerships of local governments and public libraries foster sustainable development (Kortrijk Region – Belgium) 5 December 2012, Riga, Latvia Bart NoelsExternal Relations, Communication and eGovernment
  • 2. Kortrijk RegionPart of the Eurometropolitan area of Lille Amsterdam London Köln Brussels Lille Paris
  • 3. LeiedalInter-municipal Development Agency • Established in 1960 • 13 municipalities of the Kortrijk region (inh. 320.000) • service association for regional development: • Extension of the associated municipalities • Organizer of the inter-municipal co-operation • Co-developer of regional projects • Testground for new developments
  • 4. activities10 fields of activity:1. Development of business parks2. Development of housing3. Revaluation and redesignation of ‘brown fields’4. Local and regional economic development5. Urban planning6. Mobility7. Development of environment and nature8. e-Government (in many domains, including LLL)9. Cross-border cooperation (eurometropolitan area Lille)10. European and international cooperation
  • 5. activitiesBusiness Parks • Project in development: Evolis
  • 6. activitiesRevaluation and redesignation : • Revaluation of existing industrial areas: canal Bossuit-Kortrijk Urban Quays N391 - Site Vetex - Bekaert Steelcord - Spinnerijkaai (Zwevegem) - Site KTM/KTS - Stoopsfabriek Interfluvium - Site Hanssens (Knokke) - Bekaert Textiles (Moen)
  • 7. RedevelopmentInter-municipal development agency Leiedal • Redevelopment of former industrial sites
  • 8. activitiesUrban Planning: big-size spatial projects • Requalification of the Transfo power station in Zwevegem
  • 9. activitiesUrban Planning: big-size spatial projects • Passage of the Leie (Kortrijk)
  • 10. activitiesOpen-space policy, rural development • Integrated regional vision for the Leie-valley
  • 11. activitiesTourism and recreation: cycle network • In collaboration with Flemish and provincial governments Primary network: Secundary network:
  • 12. activitiesInter-municipal cooperation• Development of an inter-municipal association for the management of a crematorium in the south- west of the Province of West-Flanders (°22/03/2005)
  • 13. Building multi-stakeholder partnerships on e-government
  • 14. E-Government• Service-delivery of local authorities• Regional ICT initiatives• Let’s-do-it projects (on e-care, incident reporting, child care, …)• Training and education
  • 15. E-GovernmentSolutions & platforms• GIS• Online communication• Online transactionsTraining & awareness• E-participation• E-government
  • 16. Library automatisation
  • 17. iAge Goals in the Kortrijk regionTwo major goals: 1. Labour Market 2. Livelong livingApproach:1.Looking at the whole picture (organisation, vision,procedures, technology, training)2.Linking together all required organisations3.Bring in best practices from all over Europe andtranslate to regional situation4.Sustainable solutions
  • 18. Smart CitiesCreating an innovation network between cities and academic partners to develop and deliver better e-services to citizens and businesses in the North Sea Region.
  • 19. Opening UpOpen and sociale ways to transform local government
  • 20. Building multi-stakeholder partnerships on e-inclusion
  • 21. Case 1: De wwwereld is van iedereen(2005-2006)City of Kortrijk- 4.000 citizens- Free internet- EU funding
  • 22. Case 2: Local partnership on e-inclusion(2006-…)City of Kortrijk- Inventory- Publication- Seminar- Regular budget
  • 23. Case 3: Regional partnership on e-inclusion (2011-…)Kortrijk region (13 municipalities)• Inventory• Partners: education, culture, social welfare, local and regional authorities• Targets: network, communication /awareness, guidance, train the trainer
  • 24. Building multi-stakeholder partnerships on culture and urban planning
  • 25. Kortrijk – Buda – island for creativity
  • 26. Zwevegem - Transfo
  • 27. New library Waregem as part of citydevelopment
  • 28. New library Waregem as part of citydevelopment
  • 29. Rethinking libraries Registered lenders Library visitors
  • 30. Rethinking librariesTransition – open processElements for the future:- Why libraries? > empowerment- How? > collection > connection- How? > human capital (professionals and users)- How? > location (a public place ‘where things are possible’)- How? > creating context and sense > have a role in local society- Condition: smart library (IT, knowledge, professionals)
  • 31. LessonsMap your networkMap experience and competencesWork together (subventions,…)Added value needs to be recognised by everyone involvedWork personalised: different needs of different people >> personalised route mapLibraries: be there!