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Naas –The City Centre Doctor Project

Naas –The City Centre Doctor Project

Mayor Deborah Callaghan represents Naas in Heerlen, Holland on 23rd June 2016

The City Centre Doctor Project is one of 20 Action Planning Networks co-funded by the URBACT III Programme, a European Union territorial cooperation programme which helps cities to pursue sustainable integrated urban development. The URBACT Programme assists projects in a structured manner with three types of interventions namely by engaging partner cities in transnational exchanges which fosters inter-city learning; by building the capacity of partner cities through skills training and knowledge sharing; and by capturing and publishing the knowledge created in the projects.

Naas is a partner member of the City Centre Doctor Project, which is a partnership of smaller cities in ten European countries that are located in proximity to larger cities;

  1.  Naas (Ireland)
  2. Medina del Campo (Spain)
  3. San Doná di Piave (Italy)
  4. Radlin (Poland)
  5. Idrija (Slovenia)
  6. Valasské Mezirici (Czech Republic)
  7. Petrinja (Croatia)
  8. Heerlen (Holland)
  9. Nort-sur-Erdre (France)

10. Amarante (Portugal)

The aim of the project is for the partner cities to develop collaboration mechanisms and integrated action plans that will drive revitalisation of their city centres.

Mayor Callaghan, when speaking recently about her visit to Heerlen in Holland for the launch of the URBACT City Centre Doctor Project, referred to the importance of revitalising the centre of Naas as a key driver of local economic activity. 

‘Naas is evolving as a significant urban centre in the greater Dublin area and the UBRACT City Centre Doctor Project is coming at an important juncture for Naas in planning its development as a city’ according to the Mayor.  She points out that the city centre is not only a place where people work, shop and access services, but it is also the place where people spend free time and build up emotional connections with their city.  Hence tje saying that the centre is the ‘heart’ of the city.

The mayors of the ten partner cities are well aware that their cities derive benefits from being part of economic functional areas dominated by larger cities.  At the same time, they face the challenge to lead their centres to compete for the custom of locals and visitors, resulting in footfall and business for their city centres.  This project will assist them to develop strategies and actions to improve competitiveness and attractiveness of their city centres.

The project is also an opportunity for each partner city to harness the passion and interest of local stakeholders to work together, discuss, consult and design actions that will bring the kind of improvements that will attract footfall and thus be a driver for new business formation and growth and ultimately for job creation.

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Ends 22 June 2016

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