Regional Development Agency for Podravje-Maribor intrested in joining consortium

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    RDAPM – Regional Development Agency for Podravje region was established in 1993 as a business support agency for the City of Maribor (second largest Slovenian city) and in 2007 it achieved the status of the regional development agency for Podravje (41 municipalities). RDAPM has designed, lead and implemented more than 260 projects supported by national and EU resources and collaborated with more than 1500 European organisations.

    It currently employs 40 people, among them over 10 project managers with over 15 years of experience in four thematic sectors: – Regional development, – Research, Development and Innovation, – Business support, – Tourism. In the past, the agency had developed regional and city development strategies for municipalities including strategies for economic development, well-being, cross-sectoral environmental management, and tourist development, based on the potential of the natural and cultural heritage of the area. The agency is the public body offering technical support for regional cooperation and is leading the regional council and the regional development
    network. It is also running a nationwide initiative for the management of industrial zones and their improved management. The prime mission of the development agency is the identification and transfer of knowledge and good practices to improve regional competitiveness and the overall quality of living. The recent merging of the Wcycle Institute, established by Maribor`s public utility companies, gives additional expertise and outreach to the organisation. The Institute wrote the Strategy for the
    transition to a circular economy in the Municipality of Maribor.

    We are interested in joining a consortium on the topic of Green living areas or discussing topics for our organisation to be the lead partner.


    Dear Tanja Berglez Krivec,

    Many thanks for your e-mail and for your interest in our institution.
    At this moment, we are not developing any specific proposals as leading partner nor establishing a consortia. In fact, we are as well looking for potential project ideas and consortia to join. Therefore, as you suggested, we would be delighted to discuss common topics and explore potential ways of cooperation within the second call of the EURO MED Programme, shall you be interested to be leading partner.

    The Municipality of Spinea is established near Venice (IT) and it is in charge of all administrative functions regarding its population and territory of Spinea, with a specific focus on services devoted to citizens and community, local territory and economic development, safety and culture. Moreover, Spinea will be European City of Sport in 2023.
    With regards to the current open EURO MED call, our entity is particularly interested in the “Innovative and sustainable economy” as well as “Green living areas” missions.

    Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information.
    Looking forward to hearing from you soon,

    Best regards,

    Monica Salviato

    Mauricio SardiMauricio Sardi

    Hi Monica and Tanja,

    Would you be interested to join the below project?

    Regards, Mauricio

    EVTech4U have designed a solution to integrate sustainable mobility technologies; electric vehicles (EV) and e-bicycles focused on developing a 1. Comprehensive and reliable EV and bicycle charging infrastructure for tourist, citizens, public transport, and businesses, 2. Accessible electric bicycles, 3. Efficient use of renewable energy and grid stability, and 4. Digitalization of touristic routes and hospitality.
    The implementation requires community engagement and proactive approach towards creating a better understanding about all the pros of sustainable living by its leaders. Our aim is to reduce emissions from the transport (public and private), protect the environment, promote sustainable tourism, reduce transportation costs, increase the use of renewable energy, develop micro grids to stabilize the grid network, develop smart and digitalised tourism, and – more importantly – to create a better-quality life for people around tourism.

    Our project lays a foundation in the potential transformation of any major city and its rural areas’ tourism infrastructure. For instance, tourists who drive a EV will be welcome to visit the regions without concerns that their EVs will run out of battery allowing them to enjoy bicycle ride, a local meal or a drink. Also, unpleasant noise and the discomfort of smelling pollutants would be reduced to near zero. Everyone in the region would benefit from better air in a better city.

    The short and mid-term goal of our EV charging infrastructure and cyclist routs project is also to increase the participation of business in green initiatives; tourism – Slovenia Green certification scheme, construction – Net zero certification schemes, or cultural – Climate mitigation in heritage buildings. Thus, it is expected that cleaner cities will attract more people, bring business interest and boost a sustainable local economy.

    This project is also focused on renewable energy management and grid stability. For instance, the renewable energy produced should be first consumed, then stored in batteries; and the grid should only be used when there is not enough renewable energy available. The system should create a harmonisation between the supply (renewable energy and grid) and the demand (i.e. EV chargers, electric bicycles, heat pumps, lighting, internet connected devices) without exceeding the grid capacity.

    In addition, the project will enable you to reap the benefits of becoming a smarter region. For instance, the impact on the air quality being monitored, analysis of the increased use of bicycles, efficient and alternative routes that could save time and resources, and, last but not the least, efficient utilization of the infrastructure (i.e. EV chargers) when combining it with other services (rental e-cars, e-bikes, e-scooters).

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