Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)
CONFERENCE: Integrated governance and local development
8 September 2017 Tolmezzo, Italy
The new role of local actors in local development strategic planning and programming
Organised by the OECD LEED Trento Centre - at the initiative of NextPA
Local -governments are currently facing a number of challenges that are transforming and widening their role and function: from being providers of local public services (e.g. urban security, social and environmental services, urban planning, etc.), to leaders of services related to local development, in a context where resources are progressively more limited and should be valued.
New and more demanding functions are becoming fundamental in local authorities’ missions: strategic planning and integrated programming of local development. Such a perspective calls for building new capacity to enable them to play a proactive role in the development policy formulation processes.
Like the rest of Italy, Friuli Venezia Giulia is characterised by many small municipalities. This phenomenon is similar to other European and international regional areas, and all municipalities need to build new development capacities.
The conference intended to offer an appropriate discussion on the challenges of local and regional development also in the light of UN indications for 2030, going beyond the objectives of the 2014-2020 European Community Programming.
The conference aimed to analyse the pros and cons of different development promotion approaches of large areas through partnerships and inter-municipal co-operation experiences, which strengthen the political vision underlying these processes.
Participation was free of charge and open to municipal administrators, managers and officers of the Italian Friuli Venezia Giulia region as well as to national and international stakeholders interested in the themes of the event, upon registration.