Europe's cities and the URBAN Community Initiative

September 2003
Management Services;Sep2003, Vol. 47 Issue 9, p8
Academic Journal
The article describes the reinforcement of competitiveness in cities and towns in Europe through the Urban Community Initiative. Urban areas are important strategic locations for pursuing shared European goals such as promoting economic competitiveness, environmental sustainability, social inclusion and enhancing local culture and identity. Three challenges in particular stand out. This include reinforcing competitiveness of Europe's towns and cities, tackling social exclusion, improving access to jobs and training for all and physical and environmental regeneration. The Urban Community Initiative makes specific contribution to the growth of cities and towns in Europe. Key features of the initiative include an integrated approach to issues which elsewhere are often tackled in isolation, programs are run at the local level, local communities are closely involved in the process and it has a built-in learning cycle with extensive tools for analyzing and exchanging experience. Actions to reinforce competitiveness include the promotion of small and community businesses, entrepreneurship, employment creation, innovation, information technology and the new economy. Crime prevention also has an important role to play in making deprived areas more attractive for investment.


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