Dear ICN friends and members,

Only a few weeks left until the Innovation Circle Network welcomes you to it's 9th annual conference! This year we will meet in Latvia's beautiful capital - Riga - on 1st and 2nd of December. Hotel De Rome in central Riga will be the place to learn about European development and to share views, pick up new ideas and project initiatives as well as to connect to other partners.

This year the conference is organized in cooperation with Vidzeme Planning Region and the TENTACLE project which is a Baltic Sea Region flagship project. Click here to download the program and follow this link to register for ICN conference IX. Deadline 1st of November 2016. 

Keep up the spirit and we are look forward to meet you in Riga!

Your ICN team

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Conference is coming up 1-2 December in Riga

Europeans on the move!

Europe is no longer the single leading continent. Innovations within the transport sector in Asia are amazing and also at other continents we see heavy investments in new inftarstructure. Hyperloop, Maglev, High speed trains, autonome electric cars. The list is longer. Entrepreneurship all over the place. China has launched the "One Belt One Road" vision for the Eurasian continent, the "New Silk Road". EU has launched the TEN-T concept. Core corridors and nodes are pointed out and massive investments are made and expected to be implemented during the next decades. 

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Rauna YE team

Young Eyes project concluded in Oslo

My home town

The Young Eyes Project became a succesfull story. Youths and leaders from 4 municipalities in 3 countries cooperated with experts from PAS in Scotland and Innovation Circle Network. The Erasmus+ project resulted in local action plans which were presented to local councils. A short list of action was elaborated within each place project group. 4 mirror workshops where youths and leaders visited each other were conducted in Suwalki(Poland), Rauna and Jelgava (Latvia) and Robertsfor (Sweden). The project was summarized and concluded in Oslo, August 2016. An evaluation report was elaborated by PAS(Scotland).

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Cliff Hague analyzing

Brexit - Why and what next?

Cliff Hague is commenting on Brexit in his recent blog, addressing the territorial cohesion policy and the urban-rural divide within England. "The EU needs to rediscover the social dimension of its project", he writes. "Brexit shows that territorial cohesion matters. It's a concept that deserves more attention by planners and urbanists, but also by politicians." Read the whole blog at cliffhague.com