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Developing “triple helix” structures in which municipalities, university and businesses shared a common vision and ambition.
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Medium sized cities between 50,000 and 200,000 inhabitants - 'Urban Poles' - are key in driving forward economic performance and innovation competence within the context of the Lisbon Strategy. The strategic development and exploitation of endogenous potentials is crucial, and Universities are critical to this innovation process.

A specific issue facing Urban Poles is that they cannot make sufficient use of existing University knowledge and competencies to support economic development and ecourage entrepreneurship. RUnUP addresses this with partners focusing on developing powerful 'Triple Helix' structures and partnerships to support economic development and innovation competence.

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Integrated Action Plans

Within an Action Planning Network, the Integrated Action Plan is a local output, specific to each city. Thus, the local circumstances, as the concrete actions to be carried out in response to the network's sustainable development challenges, are defined by the URBACT Local Group. This core group is composed by a wide range of relevant stakeholders, who have a stake in the addressed challenge and who play an active role in co-designing the plan alongside the project partner. This document is the result of the interplay between the theme, each city's starting point and its individual URBACT journey. It highlights the positive learning experience cities have undertaken, both from a local and a transnational perspective.
  • Gateshead
  • Dunkerque
  • Barakaldo
  • Patras
  • Leszno
  • Solna
  • University Of Potsdam