Bristol and Dutch cities collaborate to beat recession

Issue date: 01 November 2010

Representatives from Bristol and five of the largest cities in the Dutch Province of Overijssel are to collaborate on beating the recession and tackling climate change at an ideas exchange event taking place in the city on 4 and 5 November 2010.

The international exchange will examine practical ways in which local communities can respond to the global recession, urban regeneration, the use of digital technology to advance the cities' green objectives, and how their approach to working in partnership can advance the lives of local people.

Leader of Bristol City Council, Barbara Janke said, “Bristol has many plans in place aimed at tackling recession and climate change – the city's Green Capital ambitions and encouraging the development of environmental technologies are just a couple of examples. However, to maximise our potential it makes sense to look beyond our shores to see how other cities are solving these problems. We are delighted to share with our Dutch partners the innovative work taking place in Bristol and learn from their experience.”

Professor Robin Hambleton of the Cities Research Centre at the University of the West of England, one of the organisers, said, “In a rapidly changing world it makes sense for successful cities to take time to find out about breakthrough practice in other countries.

This study visit to Bristol by experienced leaders in Dutch local government and related fields is focused on practical exchange. It provides a good opportunity for Bristol to learn about the latest community based innovations taking place in The Netherlands, and I know that our Dutch colleagues are very keen to discover insights from the latest developments in Bristol.”

The visit is being organised by the University of the West of England and Bristol City Council with the University of Twente and the Bristol Partnership. The visit is funded by the KennisInstituut Stedelijke Samenleving (KISS), a regional knowledge transfer institute located in The Netherlands. The institute links the institutions of higher education and research with practitioners working on urban regeneration policies and practices in the region of Overijssel. The event will take place at the Council House and various city centre locations.


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