City Interest Group
The GrowSmarter project recruited cities to be part of the City Interest Group.
Members belonging to this Group had the opportunity to closely follow activities within the Lighthouse and Follower Cities and:
- Participate in the capacity building/study visit series within the Lighthouse Cities
- Receive all detailed information from Lighthouse City implementation
- Access to a helpdesk for any questions related to smart city development
City of Alba Iulia (Romania)
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Alba Iulia Smart City 2018 is a pilot project meant to transform Alba Iulia Municipality into the first city in Romania where integrated smart city solutions will be implemented starting in 2018 with the occasion of celebrating 100 years of the unification of Romania. This project is unique in Romania due to the fact that it is the first smart project developed between the national government, a local public authority and private companies.The pilot project is focused on implementing at local level smart, innovative and compatible solutions in areas such as smart infrastructure, e-governance, smart tourism initiatives and other technology implementation. Alba Iulia Municipality intends to establish independent partnership agreements with the representatives of the private sector who want to be involved within the project, such that all smart solutions are well integrated and compatible with one another.
City of Ludwigsburg (Germany)
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The city of Ludwigsburg is situated within the region of Stuttgart and was the winner of the German Sustainability Award in 2014. Its concept for integrated sustainable urban development is constantly being improved and updated, giving citizens a chance to participate in the city’s urban development process. In 2005 the citizens developed 11 masterplans in so-called “future conferences”. Ludwigsburg takes advantage of the opportunities of digitization and has decided to actively shape the transformation process together with different stakeholders. With these opportunities in mind, the innovation network Living LaB Ludwigsburg was founded in 2015. It reflects the triple helix approach in which the city is working together with industry and academia. The main goal is to create a connected, livable and sustainable city.
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The city of Vejle works with Smart City as a tool to reach other needs. For us the people of the city are in focus. We implement smart city solutions if it makes sense for citizens and local companies, and we prefer to co-create the city with the users. It is important to us that solutions are inclusive and resilient. Our focuses are on schools, mobility, climate and the livable city. Read more about us on our webpage www.vejle.dk/smartcity and on the webpage of one of our recent projects. http://www.carbontrackandtrace.com/. Vejle Kommune is a part of the Danish Smart city community City Pack.
City of Podgorica (Montenegro)
Contact: Mr Marjan Junčaj, City Manager
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Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro. It is the largest and most populated city in the country, as well as its administrative, cultural, economic and educational centre.
The City is located in the central part of the country, on the crossroads of major transport routes and it is home to about a third of Montenegro’s entire population (over 200.000 inhabitants).
Podgorica has experienced rapid expansion and development in the last decade as a result of a large population influx, and we are actively looking for introduction of smart city solutions to support and improve services to citizens.
City of Nova Gorica (Slovenia)
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Nova Gorica is a town at the border with Italy and it has been the heart of the sunny Goriška region for seven decades. It has grown after the World War II as a substitute town for Gorizia, which remained on the other side of the border. It is a town with a mild climate, green and blooming all year round, young, lively and friendly to the local people and visitors from all over the world. Nova Gorica is the younger sister of Gorizia with which it is writing a common future together. As a unique example in Europe, the two towns are located at the border with no border crossings and living in a greater co-existence at all levels.
The Urban Municipality of Nova Gorica is one of 11 urban municipalities in the Republic of Slovenia and the largest municipality in the Goriška region, where all major regional institutions are located.
The municipality of Nova Gorica with Nova Gorica as the regional centre in which traffic conditions must follow the basic goals of sustainable mobility with energy efficient, spatially less costly, environmentally less harmful and thus healthier forms of transport in the city and the region. That is why the Municipality of Nova Gorica joined the preparation of an Integrated Mobility Strategy, which represents the upgrading of the basic documents of the municipality, such as the Municipal Spatial Plan and the Sustainable Urban Strategy Nova Gorica.
The Municipality of Nova Gorica is already among the most active municipalities in the area of sustainable mobility in Slovenia. The municipality upgraded existing document with the new Integrated Transport Strategy in 2017. This relates to the Integrated Mobility Strategy of the cross-border Goriska region, where one of the conclusions is that the cross-border region could become an example of a modern organized region. It would become a lively, attractive area with a comprehensive or smartly woven network of various forms of mobility that would enable the offer of all travel modes without the influence of administrative borders. It would no longer be a restrain, but it would offer new opportunities for access, travel, socializing, business, growth and living.