I-SPEED - Information Society Policies for Sustainable European Economic Development

Regional Initiative Project, Period 2010-2012, Interregional Cooperation and Networks (INTERREG IV C)
Priority 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub-theme: the Information Society
Project outline:     I-SPEED - Information Society Policies for Sustainable European Economic Development


I-SPEED aims  at improving the effectiveness of local/regional Policies related to Information Society and Economic Development. This objective will be reached through a wide exchange of experiences at policy level addressed at identifying, analysing and transferring good practices on the efficient use of ICT-based services to foster competitiveness and sustainability of Tourism Economy.
I-SPEED consortium focuses on the problems related to lack of innovative solutions that can help in better planning economic activities, coordinating the different players, regulating flows, promoting balance between autonomous development and regional/local needs. The project supports the adoption of Information Society policies able to underpin regional economies and identifies the needs to:
- Raise awareness of regional/local governments about Information Society potential
- Exchange experiences and transfer good policy practices at EU level
- Reduce the negative effects related to seasonal concentration (in time and space)
- Support the relation between public/private sector
- Foster the adoption of ICT-based flow management systems and arrivals trend analysis
- Develop broadband infrastructures, context-aware services, B2C and B2B platforms
- Face dis-intermediation risks and foster the coordination role of public administrations.
The main strategic outputs of the project -the Good practices Guide, the Transferability Report and the Policy Recommendations Report- will be made available to any interested local/regional authorities through the project website and targeted dissemination activities also after the project closure in order to promote transferability of results to organisations outside the partnership.

I-SPEED will last for 36 months, beginning January 2010.

The total budget: 1.402.130,84 €

Project partners:
City of Venice, Italy – Lead Partner
Hedmark County Council, Norway
Miasto Stołeczne Warszawa [City of Warsaw], Poland
Municipality of Plovdiv – Bulgaria
Region of Crete – Greece
Powys County Council – United Kingdom
General Secretary for the Tourism – Regional Ministry of Culture and Tourism – Regional Government of Galicia – Spain
Stadsregio Parkstad Limburg – Netherlands
Province of Rome – Italy

Project budget:
Total project budget: 1.402.130,84
 PMB budget: 96.400 €
From which:
ERDF Funding:  81.940 € (85%)
EU National Co-financing: 14.460 € (15%) (Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism: 12.532 € (13%); P.M.B: 1.928 € (2%))

Objectives of the project:
The overall objective of I-SPEED is to enable regional and local authorities to develop and improve their polices and instruments to respond to increasing global competition through an efficient use of ICT-based public services in order to foster competitiveness and sustainability of Tourism Economy.
To reach the overall objective of the project, the following specific objectives have been defined:
1. To increase the awareness of policy makers regarding ICT potentials for growth, competitiveness, and sustainability
2. To support Innovation through sharing solutions at EU level
3. To facilitate the development and the adoption of ICT-based public services and on line tools ensuring innovation in management and productivity growth in the Tourism Economy
4. To foster the cooperation between public and private sector in the frame of the Tourism Economy
5. To foster economic attractiveness of EU regions and support in adapting local and regional policies to major socio-economical changes

The project will select good policy practices and ensure an efficient exchange of experiences at policy level among partners with different level of maturity in Information Society policies.
In order to address the expertise on innovative strategies and practices, the following operational objectives have been defined:
- To promote innovation in management within the regional/local authorities
- To foster the sustainable development of Tourism Economy by trying to limit the negative effects of seasonality that makes the annual revenue of economic actors depending mainly on a short and intense period (economic sustainability).
-To establish ICT-based methods for estimating tourist flows in advance in order to offer better and more various services (social sustainability)
- To identify strategies and tools to improve interaction between public and private sector in the field of Tourism Economy
- To improve understanding and information sharing related to Pricing Strategies that could support to reduce seasonality and promote Sustainability
- To develop on line management of integrated offer for public services such as for transports, parking, museums, theatres, pharmacies etc.
- To improve information exchange regarding context aware services and broadband services
- To support the development of a European process for exchanging and integrating information on ICT policies
- To disseminate widely I-SPEED methodology and to transfer good practices across Europe
- To promote a benchlearning model for the easy adoption of Innovation policies

Project structure:
I-SPEED will consist of 3 components.
- Component 1: Management and Coordination (pre-defined standard component)
- Component 2: Communication and dissemination (pre-defined standard component)
- Component 3: Exchange of experience
with several tasks related to thematic activities and including several focus workshops and Political Steering Group Meetings (PSG).

A set of networking activities are foreseen during the course of the project – as 4 workshops, 2 Political Steering Group meetings, 6 study visits, 20 local dissemination events, a Final Conference and the development of joint communication tools - some of which foresee the participation of experts and politicians outside the project in order to enlarge the scale of the exchange of experience.
Through the cooperation among partners, it will be provided the needed inputs for the production of the main I-SPEED strategic outputs: the Good Practices Guide, the Transferability Report and the Policy Recommendations Report.

1. I-SPEED newsletter # 1

The 1st ISPEED newsletter includes information about INTERREG IV Programme, project objectives and consortium.

2. I-SPEED newsletter # 2

3. I-SPEED newsletter # 3

4. I-SPEED newsletter # 4

5. I-SPEED newsletter # 5

6. I-SPEED newsletter # 6

7. I-SPEED newsletter # 7

Nantes workshop, final conference, focus on Galicia, EU news

Other documents for dissemination:

8. PROJECT PRESENTATION

9. Interregional Cooperation Projects - 2nd collection

Presentation of 74 projects approved under the second Interreg IV C call

10. I-SPEED leaflet

Project fact sheet with partnership map and main objectives

11. Project Leaflet - 2011 version

Second version of the project leaflet with new information and focus on 4 good practice

12. I-SPEED - New Technologies and Tourism in Crete

Agenda of event organized by the Region of Crete. Interregional approaches and presentations by Galicia Region (Spain) and Hedmark Cuntry (Nowray)

13. I-SPEED - a digital agenda for tourism

Experiences, best practices and recommendations from 10 European Cities and Regions.

14. I-SPEED - a digital agenda for tourism

15. I-SPEED - good practice guide