An outline of its aims and scope is presented below.
Local development strategies: retaining and attracting talents in the regions
While the EU still struggles to ensure the relevance of smart and inclusive growth and innovation goals, many urban and rural territories are impacted negatively by multiple changes: negative demographic developments; migration of young people due to lack of opportunities and reflected in the unprecedented youth unemployment in recent years; the need to integrate significant numbers of migrants; and climate and environmental changes leading to natural catastrophes.
This event will highlight the way integrated local development strategies are addressing these multiple challenges, in rural and urban contexts. It will showcase examples of areas working in partnership among local stakeholders and building their strategies on local assets and indigenous strengths, such as young people’s enthusiasm and talent, and traditional skills and cultural heritage making places more attractive, not only for retaining but attracting new talent, notably in new skills and technologies. Such strategies are being pursued while, at the same time, striving to achieve competitiveness combined with sustainable development.
Cohesion Policy includes CLLD (Community-led Local Development) – an instrument designed to support locally-driven strategies and action in rural, coastal and urban areas. There are many examples of LEADER /CLLD strategies successfully addressing these development problems. However, it is also the case that CLLD faces practical challenges regarding national delivery systems and application of multi-fund operations.
This workshop has the dual objective to demonstrate the value and potential of locally driven integrated development strategies and to stimulate discussion on lessons learned to inform the design of the New Cohesion Policy, post 2020. It will look in depth at the case of the Portuguese area of Alto Minho where universities, municipalities and civil society organisations are working in partnership to develop an inclusive strategy focused on retention and attraction of talent. Several examples of LEADER/CLLD strategies from different countries will be presented, including lessons from culture-driven urban regeneration strategies. Participants will have multiple opportunities to interact and contribute to the debate through a variety of facilitation techniques and through ‘live’ online mini-surveys before, during and after the workshop.