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Grow through Activating Local Potential


10 Successful Norwegian municipalities

MARIT S. KVERNENES, NANA LOCA AND ERIC MAGNUSEN

TF report № 542

November 2020, XNUMX

Preface

Through the EEA funded GALOP project, NAMRB (Bulgaria) and KS (Nor-way) aim to identify and popularize sustainable local development strategies/models leading to improved employment opportunities and poverty reduction in small and dis-advantaged settlements. The crucial objective is to support the socio-economic devel-opment of disadvantaged Bulgarian rural municipalities and create growth through the activation of their local resources and potential. In this report, the Telemark Research Institute presents a portfolio of Norwegian municipalities where local potential has been activated and used strategically. The cases presented are a selection of Norwegian municipalities that have been working skilfully with local development based on local industry, traditions, culture, heritage and nature. All the presented cases have succeeded in creating some kind of local growth, even though some of them still experience major challenges. Furthermore, their methods and strategies have been somewhat different. In this report, we describe the main character-istics of their work. The content of the report relays partly on previous analysis conducted by colleagues at the Telemark Reseach Institutes. We are grateful for their permission to elaborate further on their work. We hope these case descriptions can inspire further approaches in the GALOP project and contribute to designing local development models for activating local potentials in Bulgaria. The main goal is to support the socio-economic development of disadvantaged Bulgarian municipalities and to create growth by activating their local resources and potential.

In this report, the Telemark Research Institute presents a portfolio of Norwegian municipalities in which local potential has been activated and used strategically. The cases presented are selected Norwegian municipalities that work skillfully for local development based on local industry, traditions, culture, heritage and nature. All the cases presented managed to create some local growth, although some of them still face great challenges. In addition, their methods and strategies were slightly different. In this report we describe the main characteristics of their work.

The content of the report is partly based on previous analyzes carried out by colleagues from the Telemark Research Institute. We are grateful for their permission to further develop their work.

We hope that these analyzes of examples from practice can inspire additional approaches to the GALOP project and contribute to the development of local development models for activating local potential in Bulgaria.

Bjo, December 05.12.2019, XNUMX

Nana Loka

Project manager