The Spring School of Healthy Cities took place in Trebon on March 20–22, 2013. It was attended by 80 participants – representatives of municipalities and regions, local action groups and professional organisations. This popular event with more than a 10-year tradition is in particular intended for politicians and coordinators of international Healthy City and Local Agenda 21 programmes and was opened by introductory seminar. The event presented interesting topics from the field of strategic planning in the cities and municipalities and also featured appearances by David Tichy and Filip Tittl – architects from the Centre of Housing Quality – with a concept of neighbourhood housing. Jaroslav Martinek of Transport Research Centre presented news related to the National Strategy of Cycling Transport Development along with the intention to create a network of cities that would support exactly this type of transport in a systematic way. Olga Skochova of the citizens' association Kvas that deals with strategic planning in the field of culture and creative engagement of the public, drew attention to culture as a frequently underestimated area of municipal development and to the project of Culture-Friendly City. Interesting projects have been introduced by the mayor Jiri Houdek (in the photograph) and vice-mayor Terezie Jenisova in Trebon – a founding member of Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic.
The second day of Spring School was dedicated to practical trainings for both, the beginners and advanced. For beginners there was prepared a training block dedicated to the subject of "Communication with the public", whose participants practiced the basic principles of communication and presentation. The block for advanced among other things focused on argumentation of topics, such as enforcement of coordinator's work position in the office, approval of financial support for the topics following the public proceedings, establishment of strategic steering committee and monitoring of progress to sustainable development etc. Practice of work with DataPlan system and individual consultations with those interested from the municipalities took place on the final day of the school.
The programme, presented presentations, photo documentation and video from the above stated event is available here.
Coverage from the Spring School of Healthy Cities at Czech Television here.
The event is a part of HCCZ Project „Strategic Management in Communities – Quality and Effective", which is financed from the funds of ESF through the Operational Programme of Human Resources and Employment and CZ state budget.