Developing a cultural strategy for the municipality by identifying key development objectives and priorities

Tukums is a municipality in Latvia with 30,502 inhabitants, covering an area of 1191.4 km2. The main partners of Tukums Living Lab include all 10 parish administrations and regional stakeholders, who will address three key issues during the ROBUST project: culture, food, and e-services. Together, they will actively engage local residents to help preserve the rich cultural and historical heritage of the region by identifying key development objectives and priorities in the cultural sector and agreeing on their governance arrangements.

Building on the work done as part of Foodlinks, the Living Lab will organise an educational seminar on healthy diets, as well as collect ideas for improving the Tukums market, a significant component of maintaining urban-rural relations and a place where many local residents buy food. Finally, the Living Lab will explore how to optimise the delivery of various public services (e.g. libraries, health care) by using ICTs to maintain links between rural and urban areas. However, in order to make an informed political decision, the municipality needs to carry out assessments as to what services are needed and whether there is demand for them in remote areas, where providing e-services is difficult.


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ROBUST is a European research project involving 24 partners from 11 countries. ROBUST receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727988.

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