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Urban Regeneration

In the new metropolitan context, Iasi Municipality plays a central role in promoting the image and prestige of the essence of the specific area at national and European level; urban regeneration programs are powerful tools and comprehensive approach to identity, property, economical values and it is based on regional, institutional and cross development partnership approach and strengthening the roles of Iasi Metropolitan Area in territory.

It is known the interest of Iasi Municipality and County Council for revitalizing the heritage and the regeneration work already strated in the central area of the Iasi City through programs aimed at developing business, restoration of heritage objects with historical and architectural value, a general revitalization of urban image.

After a marketing study on urban regeneration services in Romania, initiated by the British Embassy in Bucharest, developed by Metropolitan Development Agency of Iasi, Iasi Metropolitan Area was selected to initiate a project of urban regeneration. In this context, the British Embassy and the Department for Trade and Investment Association of Iasi and Metropolitan Area Municipality of Iasi met for successful project work carried out by the Metropolitan Development Agency.

The project started this year, in July with an experience exchange visit of the decision makers in Iasi Municipality in a few cities in the UK, known for their successes in urban regeneration. UK towns experience in this field has generated valuable international contributions and it is a very valuable source of inspiration for local authorities in Romania and Romanian specialists in town planning and urban management.

An important step in addressing regeneration programs is the structuring of partnerships and awareness of metropolitan priority projects that may be the subject to regeneration funds. Metropolitan and local key factors are people who structure strategic approach for sustainable development and economic and social regeneration, based on reviewing the evolution trends and development potential.

On October 17th and October 18th 2005, the partners in this project organized the first workshop addressed to the initiation of partnership and regeneration projects for substantiation Iasi Metropolitan Area, in the Great Hall of City Hall. The seminar and the workshop are considering creating a versatile and creative system of partnerships between actors involved in urban regeneration, integrated local and metropolitan economic development based on common goals and projects, a system to provide information, exchange of experience, specific training techniques development and capacity to act together in urban regeneration.