- Integrated Urban Development
The INT-HERIT implementation network brings together a set of 9 small and medium-sized European cities around the common goal of revitalizing the local cultural heritage. In a context of crisis and institutional reorganization of local governments, the INT-HERIT cities are facing different challenges linked to the revitalization of cultural heritage. The network aims at implementing innovative models in the field of heritage management thanks to a set of integrated and sustainable local strategies. The URBACT Programme allows cities to learn from one another and to develop operational instruments for the implementation process of the local strategies.
Integrated strategies will be developed in a participatory way in order to make these cities attractive places to live, work and visit. Strategies vary depending on cities: Baena will focus on cultural heritage; Dodoni and Sigulda will develop action plans dedicated to their monumental complexes; Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council as well as Espinho will work on a spatial masterplan for their historic city centre; Mantova and Alba Iulia will produce cultural plans in relation with national and international events and awards. Leiedal Intercommunale will concentrate on boosting the entrepreneurial spirit to enhance the quality of heritage.
Innovative actions, which can provide operational tools and tracking systems, will encourage alliances between stakeholders and promote employment and entrepreneurship in the creative sectors. Innovative public procurement initiatives shall be experimented to attract new funding and governance models. The network will increase awareness on strategies and plans, improving the capacity of cities to manage creative use of heritage and facilitating a qualitative leap in terms of social and economic development.