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Lead Partner CRESR, Sheffield Hallam Unievrsity
Contact Person Gordon DABINETT
Position within organisation: Reader in Urban & Regional Policy
Telephone number : 00 44 114 - 225 - 2830
Fax number : 00 44 114 - 225 - 2197
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Project type : Action/Study
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Relevant measure(s) : 1.2.
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Summary Top
The NWMA INTERREG IIc SPECTRE project found that a common experience in all urban areas is the promotion of ICT and multi-media related ‘business clusters’. These measures were being used to develop ‘knowledge-based’ economies. The scope, scale and stage of development of these varied between diverse spatial areas. A key factor identified in their future success and achievement of global significance is to become networked with similar centres in other areas of Europe. This project seeks to promote this greater networking and good practice in areas using these measures to diversify or develop their spatial development.
Objectives Top
To promote polycentric spatial development through the promotion of the knowledge economy. To create critical mass of activity within emerging ICT and multi-media business clusters in the regions of the NWE to realise the indigenous potential of areas undergoing economic restructuring. To promote shared assets by creating information linkages between research institutes. To promote shared assets by joint marketing initiatives between local economic actors.
Outcomes Top
Increased recognition of the transnational dimension of urban spatial development in NWE. Changed perceptions of key public and private sector actors and greater compatibility of spatial planning strategies and measures. A shift in the spatial development strategies of regions and cities so as to include a search for complementary functions and co-operative actions as well as competition. Improved capability to investigate transnational spatial development issues through more compatible and accessible information sources. New transnational networks and partnership arrangements. Increased investment and enterprise creation. Increased number of projects involved in transnational co-operation.
Partners Top
cities&regions transport&it water&flood risks nature&heritage seas&ports