How to make UBC even more efficient and useful for its members?
Discussions at the XIV UBC General Conference in Växjö proved that the stronger cooperation and exchange between the cities are required.
The UBC Secretariat asked the cities to answer five questions to get broader knowledge about cities’ needs and interests:
1. Is your city open to investments and startups? If so in which sectors?
2. Are companies in your city looking for new markets / partners in the Baltic Sea region ? Do you have an investment agency?
3. Do you wish your cultural (philharmonic, opera etc) institutions, sport and education institutions, to establish exchange with counterparts in other UBC member cities?
4. Do you need or can you offer expertise in such areas as: civic participation, initiatives for youth, refugees integration, gender equality, sports, environment, city planning, safety issues, entrepreneurship and other?
5. What expectations towards UBC does your city have?
The cities in our region develop dynamically. They support entrepreneurship and start-ups, and are open to investments and collaboration with partners from abroad. The responses also show high interest in cultural, sport and educational exchange. Special attention is put on youth exchange, it is on the top of agenda in many UBC cities.
UBC cities would gladly share their experiences in many fields. Expertise in sustainable development, civic participation, youth involvement, city planning, etc. can be offered, while good practices in refugees’ integration and safety are sought.
The cities and city institutions can send their exchange proposals, partner or investor search queries, etc. to the UBC Secretariat at email@example.com. The proposals are published on the UBC website and FB profile. They can also be sent out to the UBC member cities.
UBC Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org