The industrial heritage of SMEs : an asset for tourist and regional development
Over the past few months, E-FAITH, the European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage, was able to take part in the European project 'Genius Loci'. This was co-financed by the European Commission through the COSME program. It aimed to promote the safeguarding, interpretation and presentation to a larger public and tourists of the industrial and technical heritage of SMEs.
SMEs always played a fundamental role in the economic development of the European regions, and contributed greatly to social and technical development. They still do.
Many of them were - and still are - pioneers in their sector.
When we think and talk about ‘industrial heritage’, however we neglect and forget their role too often.
Industrial heritage should not, and certainly not in the first place, have to do with large-scale industries such as coal mines or steelworks, but has to pay attention to the countless and so representative small businesses, active in cities and in the countryside. They determined the lives, habits and behavior of millions of men and women across Europe
On 21 September, the final session of this project will be organized in one of the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels.
The results will be presented for all partner countries, and also in what way 'Genius Loci' can be followed up. The Industriana label will be rolled out during the European Year of Cultural Heritage, and through the European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage a special effort to promote cross-border cooperation and networking.
We would like to invite you, or a representative, to the final meeting on 21 September, with the subject:
The industrial heritage of SMEs: an asset for tourist and regional development.
During the conference the results and conclusions of the important EU project will be presented, including the special industrial heritage label with QR-code ‘Industriana’
The program of this colloquium and details can be found at http://www.industriana.eu/?q=concluding-conference-Genius-Loci
Participation is free.
Due to the strict safety rules within European buildings, participants must register not later than the end of August. The registration form can be downloaded at the bottom of the above mentioned web page