On April 5 2018, Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) will host ICRE2018, an attractive and inspiring European congress on how to boost medium-sized inner cities and retail areas. The lessons learned and best practices of RetaiLink will be presented, experts will conclude the do’s and don'ts of modern public private cooperation.

The event is focussed on the needs of entrepreneurs, administrators, investors and other stakeholders in midsize cities. The congress is a cooperation of the municipality of Hoogeveen, the European programme URBACT, the province of Drenthe and Platform 31.

During this period Hoogeveen will be the retail capital of Europe. A side festive programme in the city will entertain congress guests and the general public.

The cities participating in the RetaiLink network (a project in the URBACT programme) will develop Integrated Action Plans to enhance the competitiveness of small and/or independent retail businesses, considering them a key economic driver.

The project’s scope of work includes areas such as regulation, employment, urban planning, managing public spaces, mobility, cultural and creative industries and citizens participation. Our multi-stakeholder approach brings together public sector, private sector, retailers and major commercial operators, consumers or cultural and creative industries.

Institute Director Simon Quin will be speaking along with Lluis Martinez Ribes, Associate Professor at ESADE, Henk Brink, Provincial Executive in Drenthe, international footfball referee Bjorn Kuipers, and Karel Loohuis, Mayor of Hoogeveen. More speakers are to be confirmed.

This is not an event organised by the Institute, but it is posted here as we believe it has relevance to members. All enquiries should be addressed to the organisers.