The Sm@rt Region project aims at strengthening co-operation potentials between regional development units and their work environment in the regions involved in the project. The intensified co-operation should foster spatial integration. This will be achieved by applying a Knowledge and Information Manager (KIM) model which will be developed after an intensive analysis and survey of the participating regions. The main tasks and duties of the KIM model are to provide a comprehensive overview of development processes on different levels (regional, national, interregional bi- and multi-lateral) and to address potential areas of regional development in an integrative manner. The KIM model will be anchored in the participating regions and transferred to an enlarged network of project partner organisations, thus contributing to overcoming regional disparities between candidate states and EU Member States as well as other countries. The main objective of the project is to tackle regional imbalances within the CADSES area as well as imbalances between rural and urban areas by fostering and supporting the co-operation potential between small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and local administrations as well as other stakeholders. The project should support regional economies by setting up methods for interregional sector and transsector co-operation between economic, scientific, administrative and technological resources. Moreover, the promotion of innovation, education, training, research and development is a further objective.
Sm@rt Region will provide a new, standardised co-operation tool based on the introduction of a KIM model to enhance the transnational, inter-sectoral co-operation potential of regional SMEs to support sustainable spatial development at this level. The tool can be transferred and used by other regions, too. Further expected results are as follows: - Survey on the status quo of thematic regional networking in order to check interregional co-operation potentials for assigning Knowledge and Information Managers, - Pilot applications in four European regions to standardise a concept of the installation of a Knowledge and Information Mangers, including training and a manual, - Increased co-operation between the regions in general, and an increased amount of co-operations especially of SMEs in the service sector, also providing new jobs, - Co-operation in different fields, such as joint cross-cultural learning, interregional project development and innovation processes on regional development, - Common project website which provides a standardised and tested concept for installing a Knowledge and Information Manager.