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Intelligent Cities - Villes Innovatrices et Compétitives pour le Développement Durable (Intelligent Cities)
Start date: Jan 31, 2005, End date: Oct 30, 2007 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project is linked to the need for a strategy for innovative, competitive cities that will function on a national and international level. Cities are undergoing a renaissance as scenes for economic development and as driving forces behind regional competitiveness. National matters such as economic competitiveness, quality of life, social equilibrium, innovation and environmental sustainability depend on the capacity for governance of cities and city regions. Overall objective / Objectif général The project aims to draw up a strategy for a city policy (following the concept of a city region) based on inter-regional cooperation, and to define one of its specific tools focusing on knowledge and innovation – the innovation hub. An «innovation hub» is an area of excellence in which science, technology and innovation are used to galvanise cities and achieve sustainable urban development. Examples of this phenomenon are the 22@ in Barcelona, the Digital Hub in Dublin and the One North in Singapore. Expected results / Résultats attendus In practical terms, the results of the project will be a set of reports and basic documents, including: Guide to good practices for innovative urban intervention, Document for discussion on a strategy for city policy, Manual for monitoring city policy, Methodology for evaluating intellectual capital in cities,Guide to innovation hubs,Guidelines for an innovation hub programme. The project will launch a set of political guidelines for creating innovative, competitive towns that can assert themselves on a national and international level, through the development of metropolitan areas and the creation of strategic networks of medium-sized towns and the surrounding areas. At the same time, the project will aim to promote preliminary studies on pilot experiments of innovation hubs as tools for city policy focusing on knowledge and on innovation in a group of European regions.
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