Smolyan

Description

The Municipality of Smolyan is situated in a mountainous region in South Bulgaria on 1000m above sea level, in the heart of the Rhodope Mountains, near on the Greek-Bulgarian border. Smolyan is 250km away from the capital Sofia and 100km from the second largest city in the country – Plovdiv. The cross-border checkpoint with Greece (Zlatograd-Thermes) is situated only 55km from Smolyan. The opening of another point in the near future – Elidge border checkpoint, only 30km away from Smolyan, is on the way, which will be the fastest
link with Xanthi and the Northern Aegean coast.

Within +CityxChange Project Smolyan has identified three Demonstration Areas (DAs) for the replication of the Lighthouse Cities’ pilot projects. The municipality is looking into the possibilities to apply specific energy management schemes in public buildings to balance the prosuming of PV and solar thermal energy as well as balancing the production of hot water to reduce the energy demands of its public swimming pool.

DA1: Old city centre – The sports Hall; The city swimming pool; Training stadium; Multifunctional training playgrounds

DA2: New city centre – The planetarium; The municipality building; The regional museum; The regional library; The art gallery; The city theatre; The secondary school

DA3: Raikovo replication site – The sports stadium; The sports and service support building; The public kindergarten

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News

+CityxChange Second Consortium Meeting, 23-25 October 2019, Limerick

From the 23rd-25th of October, 2019, 70 representatives of the project partners, and additional local stakeholders of +CityxChange project were gathered in Limerick, as part of our second consortium meeting. Taking advantage of this face-to-face interaction, we dived into key challenges that had arise during the first year of the

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Exploring and sharing ways towards citizen-led energy transitions

During our second +CityxChange Consortium Meeting in Limerick, we organised a storytelling workshop with the objective to exchange knowledge and best practices internally and externally on how to involve citizens effectively. The workshop was facilitated by Limerick County and City Council and ISOCARP Institute and took place in the Fab

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Tartu and Trondheim to share experiences as two Lighthouse Cities

Representatives from the City of Tartu visited Trondheim from 4th to 5th September. The first day was sharing experiences of the cities, while the second day focused on the experiences as being European Lighthouse Cities, together with the +CityxChange coordinator at NTNU. This part shared experiences from the two Smart City EU projects SmartenCity, Tartu, and +CityxChange, Trondheim and NTNU. Approaches

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Events

SmartCity Expo Barcelona

Smart City Expo World Congress exists in order to empower cities and collectivize urban innovation across the globe. Through promoting social innovation, establishing partnerships and identifying business opportunities, the event is dedicated to creating a better future for cities and their citizens worldwide.

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