The goal of the project DONAUHANSE is to establish a network of cities, which provides sound solutions to similar problems with the greatest possible benefit for all participating cities and regions along the Danube.

As a follow-up program of the DonauHanse-network the program CapaCity - Urban Competences pursues a more deepened international cooperation between the City of Vienna, its organizations and other cities. Several initiatives in the Danube region already have pushed forward cooperation and intensification of social and economic exchange between countries, regions and cities. Nevertheless the City of Vienna now focuses on the internationalization of organizations and companies in order to generate common project ideas.

Integrated urban development as holistic Smart City approach is the main aspect of future activities within the program CapaCity.

Intensified European integration is one aspect of the program, additionally the City of Vienna has been visited by rising numbers of delegations and municipal experts, who are interested in urban strategies and technologies applied in Vienna. CapaCity will build up on opportunities generated by this grand international interest and will strive after sustaining contacts and intensifying exchange with regard to urban technologies and strategies.

The following activities are designed within the project CapaCity in order to support Viennese companies and organisations to deepen internationalization and activities in CEE and SEE:

  • Organization of workshops in selected cities and towns with participation of Vienna stakeholders. The main aim of these workshops is follow-up activities.
  • Coordination and collection of statistics of visiting delegations and experts to Vienna organisations and companies with particular interest in Vienna urban solutions.
  • Representation at events, relevant for smart city expert networks & cooperation ideas.
  • Research on and collection of relevant challenges for future urban development with regard to important cross-border and transnational projects and attractive co-financing instruments.
  • Development of project ideas, triggered by municipal expert exchange on the basis of organized workshops in CapaCity partner cities.

Diverse sectors and topics are relevant for workshops within CapaCity which are based on issues of the Smart City Vienna framework strategy. CapaCity is open for a variety of concrete topics, e.g.  integration and diversity policies, PPPs (private-public partnerships) for cities and municipalities, urban mobility and transport planning, strategies for tourism development or urban development visions. The ruling principle of workshops is the mutual benefit for both the host city and the City of Vienna and its organizations.

The format of workshops is based on a successfully tested methodology taken from a predecessor project: CUPA - Cooperative Urban Planning Approaches.

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