In the wake of COVID-19, the FOUNDATION partnership wishes to share international Good Practices with external stakeholders and regions across Europe to support them in accessing information, empirical insights and practices to plan for the future.

In an online workshop titled ‘Policy Support for Industrial Resilience’, each of our 9 partner regions will have an opportunity to share a policy, initiative or programme which is helping to support economic resilience in their region.

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Whilst our medical professionals fight this pandemic on the front-line, collaborative sharing by regional stakeholders can support the resilience of all regions across Europe and further afield, in enabling them to adapt to what is unprecedented change. This workshop will endeavor to provide stimulating insights that offer a plan ‘B’ or ‘C’ scenario for industrial structural change, such as:

  • ‘Out of times of crisis, comes opportunity’ and the FOUNDATION partnership identify hands-on solutions to such economic shocks and business closures;
  • Increased collaboration and shared trust can nurture regional resilience once the key stakeholders work together for the betterment of the regions; 
  • Strategic plans must be developed for resistance and recovery as inevitably, change awaits us all. Furthermore, education and government policies must keep up with industry demands as the fast pace evolution of technological IN4.0 and network speed (5G-6G) advancements are perpetual; and 
  • The creation of clear solutions to critical junctures can enable the development of regional economies that are experiencing challenges of large-scale job losses.

Regional economic consciousness must explore new ways of quickly adapting to significant firm closures and economic crises such as COVID-19. ‘Let us work together, learn together and make a real difference together’.

We would be delighted if you would register to join our interactive webinar and share your insights via our interactive Q&A. 

Agenda: FOUNDATION Project (all times WET)

09.00 – 09.05 Short Introduction on Foundation by Dr John Hobbs Cork Institute of Technology.

09:05 - 09:35 First round of Good Practices (GP) partners presentations on Policy Support for Industrial Resilience. (5 mins per partner):

Title: New Frontiers Programme – Rubicon Centre
Presented by: Alison Walsh, New Frontiers Programme Manager, Rubicon Centre, Cork Institute of Technology
Region: Southern & Eastern, Ireland
Title: SME Export Promotion
Presented by: Janne Hietaniemi, Senior Lead, Think Big – Go Global programme at NIHAK ry
Region: Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi, Finland
Title: Podkarpackie vs. Coronavirus 
Presented by: Marek Duda, International Projects Director, Rzeszow Regional Development Agency
Region: Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Poland
Title: Speed UP Programme
Presented by: Carlos Miras, Regional Development Agency of Murcia Region
Region: Murcia, Spain
Title: Clusterland and Covid-19
Presented by: Werner Pamminger, CEO at Business Upper Austria
Region: Oberösterreich, Austria

09:35 - 09:45 Q&A on 5 GPs. Moderated by Dr John Hobbs Cork Institute of Technology 

09:45 - 10:10 Second round of Good Practices (GP) partners presentations on Policy Support for Industrial Resilience (5 mins per partner): 

Title: Here 4 Business 
Presented by: Phil Hargreaves, Business Growth Hub
Region: Greater Manchester, UK
Title: No Quarantine on the Internet
Presented by: Inga Juozapavičienė, Head of Entrepreneurship Department at Enterprise Lithuania
Region: Vilnius, Lithuania
Title: Szombathely reSTART Program
Presented by: Adrienn Bokányi, Municipality of Szombathely
Region: Nyugat-Dunántúl, Hungary
Title: Workers Buy Out (WBO)  
Presented by: Rita Piccinini, Senior Project Manager of STU Reggiane and Municipality of Reggio Emilia 
Region: Emilia-Romagna, Italy

 10:10 - 10:20 Q&A on 4 GPs. Moderated by Dr John Hobbs Cork Institute of Technology

10:20 - 10:30 Conclusions & Next Steps for Foundation