Concello de Vedra. The Municipality of Vedra is located in the Province of A Coruña (Galicia), to the south of Santiago de Compostela, in a rural area. The surface area of the Municipality is approximately 52 Km2, and it is divided into 12 districts in which 5,054 inhabitants live.
Within its organizational structure, the Department of Development and Sociocultural Promotion is responsible for creating and programming initiatives for local development aimed at the entire population. As areas of action, the department covers a wide range of activities, from training, entrepreneurship and employment to sports, leisure and recreation activities, exchanges, etc. This programming takes place in the 4 sociocultural centres and 8 community centres of the municipal network.
This department carries out actions that aim to offer a wide range of information, educational and leisure opportunities to young people, with a view to facilitating comprehensive training aimed at achieving an optimum degree of social dynamism and integration. To this end, a programme is conducted to stimulate the social and cultural participation of this sector of the population, providing access to new technologies and experiences that facilitate the shaping of their individual and collective identity and stimulating a sense of belonging and identification with the community in which they live.
Address: Avda. Mestre Manuel Gómez Lorenzo, n.º 1
15885 - Vedra (A Coruña)
Phone: +34 981814612
Stichting Business Development Friesland – BDF. Business Development Friesland (BDF) from the Netherlands helps people and organisations to grow. We take own initiative to do so and we get frequently requested by businesses, schools, universities or governments to support them in their efforts. The legal status of BDF is a foundation, from its origin and mission it serves the needs of the supporting the regional economy and employment.
BDF is keen to play an active role to solve issues through supporting entrepreneurship (education). BDF in the past 12 years has actively supported over 400 companies during their first steps. In 2010, Business Development Friesland has set up the incubator in the city of Leeuwarden (Inqubator Leeuwarden) with support of the Province of Fryslân, municipality of Leeuwarden, two universities of applied science and two vocational schools.
The incubator has three buildings: a general incubator, an incubator focused on water technology and the third is dedicated to the creative & cultural sector.
Here BDF directly experiences troubles, success and failure of small enterprises on a daily basis. We are in close touch micro entrepreneurs from various backgrounds and we mentor them with 1 on 1 coaching to improve their skills.
We pay strong attention to both their personal development and development of the business idea, and the connection between these two sides. However, by sharing knowledge with fellow start-up entrepreneurs, taking Masterclasses of successful established entrepreneurs and receiving training on specific challenging the successful establishment of a business is achievable. Besides facilitating in knowledge sharing, organising Masterclasses and trainings, BDF acts as a mentor.
Address: Kanselarij – Turfmarkt 11 in Leeuwarden
Phone: +31 58 845 8045
Comune di Capannori. CdC is a public local authority operating at NUTS 4 level on a territory of about 150 square kilometers and 46250 inhabitants. Its territory includes flat and hilly areas with that combine urban and rural development dynamics.
Agriculture is still one of the most important economic activities represented by farmhouses and high quality wine and olive oil production farms.
The municipality has 300 employees, and collaborates with institutions and organizations at national, regional and provincial level. CdC is strongly committed to activate citizens, schools, and associations.
The areas of specific expertise are:
a) territorial planning; b) sustainable freight and people mobility; c) environment protection and valorization including cultural, archeological and artistic heritage, and landscape; d) hydro geological protection and valorization of water resources; e) reduction recycle and waste disposal; f) water collection and distribution, aqueduct and energy resources management; g) local and economic development; h) social assistance and services; i) public education and professional training, school supporting activities related to the Municipalities competences; l) cultural, tourist, sport and leisure activities.
CdC has developed in past years lots of projects and best practices concerning environment, active citizenship and inter-cultural dialogue.
The field of sustainable tourism linked to the rural area is a growing interest for the Administration that is trying to support it with local investment and improvement of professional skills.
Address: Piazza Aldo Moro, 1 - 55012 Capannori (Lu)
Phone: +39 583 428235
Newry and Mourne Co-op Ltd. Newry and Mourne Co-operative & Enterprise Agency (NMC) is the primary micro-enterprise support provider in the Newry & Mourne District providing a continuum of support for entrepreneurs, focused personal support to business start-ups, and specialist mentoring support to existing businesses at growth stage. Since 2001, NMC has assisted 1,077 entrepreneurs to develop businesses, employing 2,000 people and generating turnover of £7.2m.
NMC delivers the Business Start Enterprise Development, co-innovate, Tradelinks, Social Enterprise and Exploring Enterprise programmes and socio-economic regeneration programmes for the Department for Social Development. It manages the largest enterprise loan fund in the country, has close links with the business angel community and is regularly involved in funding hi-tech businesses.
NMC employs 14 staff including a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Planner, marketing specialist, property manager, IT specialist and two community development experts. In-house staff have built up experience in serving food sector SMEs which are numerous in the local area and has strong links with specialist food agencies and support organizations. Its Chief Executive, Dr Conor Patterson sits on the board of Enterprise NI and several prominent think tanks for enterprise and innovation support.
Address: Canal Quay, Newry, Co Down, N. Ireland, BT35 6PH
Phone: +44(0)28302 67011
Obec Zemplínske Hámre. Zemplínske Hámre municipality is represented by a community situated in rural area of east Slovakia. With the population of 1271 people, it is the fourth largest municipality in the Snina district.
The municipality is well known mainly for its location and tourist traffic potential. The village is an entrance gate to a protected landscape area of Vihorlat mountains, which as an official World Heritage Site (UNESCO) is visited frequently due to impressive natural volcanic monuments, fauna and flora. The municipality operates a recreational complex Barnova rika with a multifunction playground, heated swimming pools and sauna in summer months.
The first settlements were founded in 19th century thanks to ore mining on the root of the Vihorlat Mountains. A couple of iron hammer mills, a charcoal blast furnace and metalworks were gradually built in this area. At the end of 19th century they belonged to the most important producers of iron ore in the Zemplín región (Slovakia). On behalf of this historical facts the municipality rebuilt and reconstructed in 2014 (with the support of Swiss Confederation) all the damaged technical monuments and established a local museum with an educational trail (Zemplínske Hámre educational trail), in order to preserve the cultural and historical heritage of the region for future generations.
Now the municipality is one of the fastest developing communities in rural region of Snina district, due to its location and quick connection to town of Snina. But the rural character of the corner region determines our communities to fight with the emigration of youngsters, who leave their home in order to find better conditions for education, employment, social living and only a small percentage of them are returning or considering a return back after few years spent in urban regions and cities, eventually abroad. The outflow of younger generations is observable in many aspects of todays life. The population is getting older and young people have no interest in working in the old traditional spheres (sheep breeding, beekeeping). Without any activities regulating the outflow of young people, the rural region is determined to be a place for the elders, with no further option to develop naturally by the work of its citizens.
Address: Hlavná 152/183, 067 77 Zemplínske Hámre, Slovakia
Phone: +421 908 840288
Associação Juvenil de Deão - AJD. The AJD was formally founded on 19 April 1997 and aims to create and develop social, cultural, sports and artistic activities for the youth, particularly in the area of leisure time, volunteering, cooperation and training, promoting and improving their access to information, their social integration, civic participation and equality between men and women.
With regard to its scope of intervention, the association has been working mainly with children and young people from the rural areas of Viana do Castelo. Being a RNAJ association, it benefits from the support of the Programa de Apoio Juvenil – PAJ. AJD is organised in these departments:
Department of social intervention projects: AJD has been promoting a set of projects in various policy areas (Equal, Youth in Action / Erasmus+, POPH / CIG), which help to operationalise the association's objectives by tackling the problems that are experienced locally.
Community school: it is a prime location of interaction between the association and the community, lending an ear to the feelings and the wishes of our associates, in particular, and those of the community in which we operate, in general.
The association has also been promoting numerous activities aimed at dynamising its region and its population, creating spaces to / for the participation of various target groups of intervention, seeking to develop their proactive attitude and greater citizenship and enabling them to get to know spaces that would otherwise be impossible for them to explore.
Address: Caminho da Igreja, n.º 459, 4905-254 Deão
Viana do Castelo - Portugal