In the context of the URBACT II network RUnUP the challenges facing Patras are clear and significant. The municipality has no strategy for supporting economic development of existing or future sectors, its economic development capacity needs to be established so that the linkages between the knowledge based economy and its demand for skills, physical space and political support can be fully articulated and widely communicated. The University of Patras has no industrial liaison activity, its capacity and capability needs to be established with reference to models of knowledge based enterprise support and entrepreneurial development within Universities across Europe. Moving forward the Patras Science Park and Business Innovation Centre must play a significant role in supporting the development of economic strategy and leading the implementation of significant activities with the Chamber of Commerce and the University and Technological Institute around industrial modernisation and industry creation.
Introducing the Resourceful Cities Action Planning Network: Driving citizen centred, resource-based transition in cities across Europe