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Explores how demand-led workforce development strategies can be used as instruments of sustainable economic recovery in medium sized cities

In 2010, 8 medium sized cities from across Europe responded to the economic crisis by coming together to find innovative approaches to economic recovery, growth and resilience.  Early on in the project the partners identified that their people were their main asset and people were therefore placed at the heart of the Local Action Plans.  Between 2010 and 2013 the partners met to exchange good practice and learn from each other.  Each partner developed their own action plan around tackling the skills and workforce development issues they were facing.  

In January 2014, 5 of the original partners came together again to review their action plans and to begin to share the main challenges they face in delivering them.  ESIMeC II will run until early 2015 and enable the partners to address these challenges through continued transnational exchange and learning.

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Integrated Action Plans

Within an Action Planning Network, the Integrated Action Plan is a local output, specific to each city. Thus, the local circumstances, as the concrete actions to be carried out in response to the network's sustainable development challenges, are defined by the URBACT Local Group. This core group is composed by a wide range of relevant stakeholders, who have a stake in the addressed challenge and who play an active role in co-designing the plan alongside the project partner. This document is the result of the interplay between the theme, each city's starting point and its individual URBACT journey. It highlights the positive learning experience cities have undertaken, both from a local and a transnational perspective.
  • Basingstoke And Deane
  • Sabadell
  • Debrecen
  • Bistrita
  • Gävle