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Trans in Form (TiF) - New TiF-Partner - “I will keep it up”

Trans in Form has a new partner. The city of Trebbin will substitute the Regional Planning Authority Havelland-Fläming who had to withdraw from TiF. According to a request from Joint State Planning Department, Berlin Brandenburg the Regional Planning Authority Havelland-Fläming has to limit transnational activities and therefore withdraw from the project.

Several towns within the region had participated and the Regional Planning Authority Havelland-Fläming had been an important coordinator in the region. Also Havelland-Fläming had been very important for the implementation of TiF activities. In 2010 TiF has received remarkable success and interest in the Havelland-Fläming region.

One of the towns that had joined the project was Trebbin. About 9.000 inhabitants live in the small town half an hour away from the capital Berlin. Trebbin’s Mayor, an active participant in the TiF project, did not want to accept the withdrawal and decided to take over the partnership. Last week Trebbin determined to join TiF and therefore to continue the project work.

TiF talked with Trebbin’s Mayor Thomas Berger.


 

What is your motivation to jump in for the Regional Planning Authority Havelland-Fläming as a partner and to continue the work within the Trans in Form project?

The city of Trebbin participated actively in the TiF project from the beginning. For me the political decision made by the Brandenburg government to withdraw from TiF and other similar projects is incomprehensible. We were on a good way under the coordination of the Regional Planning Authority Havelland-Fläming. Now I will keep it up.

Why do you think TiF is worthwhile for Trebbin?

In Brandenburg we have been complaining for a long time about an increasing outflow of people into bigger cities. If we do not work against it we will have vacancies in rural areas and this will create a lot of other huge problems. Our rural area with all its amenities does not deserve that. Furthermore, the increase in attractiveness is one of TiFs main purpose.

What did Trebbin benefit from TiF so far?

TiF also lives on the exchange of ideas and of the mutual consideration of problems from different point of views. Within the frame of project work I realized that the problems of rural areas are not only Brandenburg or German problems but rather exist in the whole of Europe. However, there are efforts for solution approaches everywhere and to exchange those is exciting and helpful.

What do you expect to benefit from this engagement for the city of Trebbin?

With the established attractiveness barometer the Norwegians made a decisiveness step of which we can benefit as well. I would also like to determine objectively where on that scale of attractiveness you can find our rural area. Then we can pointedly consider measures that are necessary to increase the attractiveness and within that increase future chances for our region.

What do Trebbin’s inhabitants think about the project?

Last autumn we arranged a territorial city event with our inhabitants to present the goals of Trans in Form as well as the first results. Out of this event a group of interested citizens got spontaneously together to collaborate. That is how I understand project work. TiF only has a real chance if we take the people with us. In Trebbin this train rolls and that is why we replaced the chief guard who had jumped off.

Could you convince other partners / municipalities to join the project with you?

According to my previous cooperation I got in contact with neighboring cities and communities. There are initial signals that other communities want to join.

As you already said, TiF subsists on an exchange with partners. What can Trebbin add to this process?

In recent years we got a lot off the ground to raise the attractiveness of our town. On one hand there is the redevelopment of municipalities and villages, but also the realignment of social and cultural offers were and are still on our agenda. A lot of these aspects can be found within in the Trans in Form Project. And that is what Trebbin can further on add to TiF.

Will you take part in the Tran in Form Midterm Conference in Krakow?

We decided to take over the coordinator position a week ago. The appointment on the 11th of May in Krakow is quite short-termed for me. But I will strive – in agreement with other partners – to assure a German representative.

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Project acronym: Trans in Form (TiF)

Project title: Transforming rural regions by launching scenarios, new narratives and attractive urban design

Application call: 2

Priority: 4. Attractive & competitive cities and regions

Project website:

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Lead Partner:

Notodden kommune
Postbox 193
3672 Notodden
NO
Bjørn Frode Moen
E-mail: bjorn-frode.moen@notodden.kommune.no
Phone: +4735015150
Fax: +4735015010

Project Manager:

Notodden Municipality
Postbox 193
3672 Notodden
NO
Bjørn Frode Moen
E-mail: bjorn-frode.moen@notodden.kommune.no
Phone: +47 97053420
Fax: +47 35015010


Information Manager:

Baltic Innovation Group
Pulko g. 12
62133 Alytus
LT
Alf S. Johansen
E-mail: alf@nku.no
Phone: +370 315 50049
Fax: +47 913 37 013



Summary description of the project:

The partners in Trans in Form are local and regional authorities in Norway, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany and Poland. In addition a Norwegian Research Institute.

These countries have historically and today again close relations. We see that migration and political and economic change in Europe is reconnecting the populations more and more. One of the investigations by the project was to find out how migration and attractiveness are connected and how change is influenced by it. One common problem for smaller places in Europe is the lack of access to leading networks and the lack of investments and national attention. As depopulation for smaller places and rural regions is a result of the ongoing European development there is a need for better development strategies. How can success stories be told and how can best practices help to raise awareness among decision makers and professionals in an international environment?

The Trans in Form project has introduced attractive and competitive concepts for development of rural regions and smaller towns. Due to the fact that smaller towns and medium sized cities are usually not paying so much attention to urban design and also disconnected from leading networks of architect and designers there was a need for a project which could connect places outside the metropolitan areas and provide international expertise.

How can smaller places learn from each other and from the metropolitan areas? Is it possible to facelift "ugly towns" through transformation and better ideas? Is it possible to make dull places more vibrant through a more condensed and conscious development?

The project managed to provide international expertise to the regions and local towns by organizing a range of transnational workshops which resulted in the creation of dozens of future scenarios and hundred of urban design ideas and drawings. The content of the different proposals were diverse, however some common principles are running though the proposals, such as; the compact towns with multifunctional space exploitation, the transformation of waist areas and industrial premises into new housing, shops and service premises, the five minutes walk, the importance and potential of social meeting places, modern lightscape and attractive pedestrian areas etc.


Achievements of the project so far:

The project has benchmarked the attractiveness of the partners through an "attractiveness barometer". This research was carried out and gave some very interesting findings. The ongoing political and demographic change in Europe influenced the partners regions even throughout the project. The research showed that the changes are so severe in some countries that local and regional growth strategies have minimal impact. It looks like the national strategies and macro economics are more important than local and regional decisions in some countries. This means that the attractiveness for settlement is linked to the heavy and fundamental structures, like jobs, house construction and communication, which are difficult and expensive to affect locally. The correlation between migration and the number of restaurants, pubs and cafes indicates that there is also a link between attractiveness and a “softer” kind of attribute.

The project has explored how storytelling can be developed through the creation of new narratives which are based on the change of identity and ongoing transformation of social and economic structures. This approach to regional marketing and branding is different from the traditional storytelling where established narratives are reproduced over and over again even though they are not relevant anymore and don't work. The TiF project introduced a more ambient storytelling which is more based on a contemprary approach, transforming the way people experience places by creating multi-mediated marketing campaigns using experiential methodology, shifting from consumer as the target to consumer as collaborator.

In "The Roadmap to Rural Highlight", the concept of ambient media relates to form and content, but it could also be ambient media technology.

The project managed to elaborate plans for investments in Suwalki and Jelgava and influenced signficantly the investments in Notodden and Tranemo. The INTERREG IVB priority 4 limitations to do transnational investments, did not make it possible to have support for hard investments. Suwalki City Municipality still managed to find funding by other means, and show that INTERREG planning projects can be used as a tool for investments.



Project Duration: Sep 2009 - Sep 2012
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 1.625.000,00
ERDF co-financing: 914.150,00
ENPI co-financing: 0,00
Norwegian national contribution: 255.000,00

List of partners

Municipality of Notodden
3672 Notodden | NORWAY
Postbox 193
Region: Sør-Østlandet
Contact person: Bjørn Frode Moen
Phone: +4735015150
E-mail: bmoen@notodden.kommune.no
Web: www.notodden.kommune.no
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:220.000,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:110.000,00
Telemark County Council
1702 Sarpsborg | NORWAY
Postbox 220
Region: Sør-Østlandet
Contact person: Bjørn Reisz
Phone: +47 35 584 451
E-mail: bjorn.reisz@t-fk.no
Web: www.telemark.f-kommune.no
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:30.000,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:15.000,00
Telemark Research Institute, Bø
3833 Bø i Bø | NORWAY
Postbox 4
Region: Sør-Østlandet
Contact person: Knut Vareide
Phone: +4735061500
E-mail: vareide@tmforsk.no
Web: www.tmforskbo.no
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:30.000,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:15.000,00
Østfold County Council
1702 Sarpsborg | NORWAY
Postboks 220
Region: Sør-Østlandet
Contact person: Kjersti Helene Garberg
Phone: +4769117000
E-mail: kjegar@ostfold-f.kommune.no
Web: www.odtfold.f-kommune.no
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:200.000,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:100.000,00
Indre Østfold Regional Council
1803 Askim | NORWAY
Postboks 1004
Region: Sør-Østlandet
Contact person: Alf S. Johansen
Phone: +4769817508
E-mail: alf@bedriftsenteret.no
Web: www.smaalensveven.no/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:30.000,00
ERDF co-financing:0,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:15.000,00
Regional Planning Authority Havelland-Flaeming
D-14513 Teltow | GERMANY
Oderstraße 65
Region: Brandenburg - Südwest
Contact person: Torsten Naubert
Phone: + 49 (0)3328 3354-12
E-mail: torsten.naubert@havelland-flaeming.de
Web: www.havelland-flaeming.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:74.715,00
ERDF co-financing:56.036,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Municipality of Tranemo
51480 Tranemo kommun | SWEDEN
Storgatan 26
Region: Västsverige
Contact person: Karin Stenman
Phone: +46325576026
E-mail: karin.stenman@tranemo.se
Web: www.tranemo.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:120.000,00
ERDF co-financing:90.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
VidzemePlanning Region
LV-4101 Cesis | LATVIA
Bērzaines iela 5
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Laila Gercane
Phone: +37164127846
E-mail: laila.gercane@vidzeme.lv
Web: www.vidzeme.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:200.000,00
ERDF co-financing:170.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Jelgava Local Municipality
LV-3001 Jelgava | LATVIA
Pasta iela 37
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Vita Kinderevica
Phone: +37163022751
E-mail: vita.kinderevica@jrp.lv
Web: www.jelgavasnovads.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:200.000,00
ERDF co-financing:170.000,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Alytus County Governor's Administration
LT-62113 Alytus | LITHUANIA
Tvirtoves st. 1/Naujoji st. 2
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Vilija Vervečkienė
Phone: +370 315 56985
E-mail: apskritis@alytus.aps.lt
Web: http://www.alytus.aps.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:11.737,00
ERDF co-financing:9.976,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Municipality of Suwalki
16400 Suwalki | POLAND
1 Mickiewicza street
Region: Podlaskie
Contact person: Ewelina A. Suchocka
Phone: +48875628136
E-mail: esuchocka@um.suwalki.pl
Web: www.um.suwalki.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:279.000,00
ERDF co-financing:237.150,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Joniskis district municipality administration
LT-84124 Joniškis | LITHUANIA
Livonijos st. 4
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Vilija Aleksienė
Phone: +370 426 52091
E-mail: vilija.aleksiene@joniskis.lt
Web: http://www.joniskis.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:88.262,00
ERDF co-financing:75.023,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
City of Trebbin
14959 Trebbin | GERMANY
Markt 1-3
Region: Brandenburg - Südwest
Contact person: Thomas Berger
Phone: +49 033731/230911
E-mail: thomas.berger@stadt-trebbin.de
Web: http://www.stadt-trebbin.de/
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:141.284,00
ERDF co-financing:105.963,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00