Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Summer school on local development strategies and European projects


28 August - 2 September 2022 Paluzza (Udine), Italy | Sixth edition

Organised by the OECD Trento Centre - at the initiative of NextPA


In recent years, cities and municipalities in the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia has been faced challenges linked to the organisation and provision of public services, but also in outlining and implementing shared inter-municipal wide-area development policies.

Within this context, the Summer School for local administrators was conceived in 2017. It aims at providing space for discussion and reflection upon public sector innovation and improvement of public sector functions to ensure integrated territorial development. Given the small size of many municipalities, developing strategies and planning territorial development with a wide-area perspective and through inter-municipal associations and collaborations opens many new opportunities.

High-impact crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine, in the heart of Europe, are shaking up the world, affecting people's lives, communities, work, economic activities and, more generally, nations and the international context. Local governments are on the front line and called upon to be an active and driving force in governing the processes of reconstruction and revitalisation of local economies and societies.

The Summer School, since its inception, contributes to the generation of widespread expertise across the region in driving and governing local development. Each edition of the Summer School brings new local administrators to the Smart Community, i.e. a community of practice made up of all the participants in past editions.

Goal & target group

The Summer School for local administrators - of which this was the sixth edition - is intended as a platform for capacity building and exchange of experiences among local administrators aimed at acquiring knowledge and familiarity with strategic planning and programming. The School helps local authorities to better shape the (long-term) development of their territories including through a more efficient use of public resources, such as regional, national and the EU funds.

The Summer School foresaw participation of a maximum of 24 local administrators from the municipalities of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region. Admission was subject to a selection process after a public call for interest.

The Residential Insight Workshop | 28 April - 2 May 2022, Paluzza (Udine, Italy

In 2022 the Community members expressed interest in organising a residential in-depth seminar, to be reserved only for those who were members of the Community, to address some particularly relevant and topical issues that, although already addressed in the Summer School, were worthy of more specific treatment.

The added value of participating in the Workshop:

  • It strengthened the group of administrators who participated and offered them a more "operational" view of governance, how it is built and how it is managed;
  • It proposeed some insights - so-called technicalities - that are fundamental for the better management of governance and that also correspond to specific questions that already emerged over time within the Community;
  • It offered a network of contacts with members representing the business community and regional and local civil society that can be valuable for the work of the participants as administrators.

The "Residential Insight Workshop" took place from 28 April 2022 to 1 May 2022 in Paluzza, Udine, Italy.



Key contents

  • Learn concepts and tools to design local development methodically for successful concrete actions;
  • Build a strategic vision to devise development policies consistent with the territory's potential and in the contemporary global perspectives;
  • Acquire concepts and tools for an integrated approach in which sustainable development policies at territorial scale are in line with the 2030 Agenda and the European Green New Deal;
  • Understand the architecture of national and European strategies and programmes for cohesion and local development, taking into account the framework defined by Next Generation EU;
  • Learn to implement governance for local development in which the public, business community and civil society are integrated and manage negotiation processes within the 'teamwork' logic.

Materials & Information


Agenda of the Summer School (detailed agenda only in Italian)

Agenda of the Residential Insight Workshop (only in Italian)

Working language

Italian only.

OECD Contact


 Previous editions

23 June - 11 September 2021, digital 

FVG Summer School 2021Fifth Edition 

The fifth edition of the Summer School was based on the following essential assumptions: confirming and acknowledging the centrality of governance in decision-making processes; exploiting the tools of communication and the digital society; and the Smart Community - The value of the Community of Practice


 (also in Italian)


16 June - 11 July 2020, digital 

Fourth Edition 

The fourth edition of the Summer School, held in the COVID-19 exceptional situation that called local governments to be an active and driving force in the governance of the processes of reconstruction of local economies and societies, was based on several essential assumptions: Conferring and recognising the centrality of governance in decision-making processes.

Agenda (also in Italian)


1-6 September 2019, Zovello di Ravascletto, Italy

FVG Summer School 2019Third Edition 

The approach was based on a combination of theoretical inputs and practice-oriented working group sessions. A substantial space, during and at the end of each thematic module, was reserved to discussions and open interaction to enable knowledge exchange. Presentations illustrated concepts, models and tools, examples, case studies, and preparatory practical group exercises on development planning and programming. Working groups were facilitated by the experts in order to encourage contribution from all participants.

An outdoor afternoon experimented and reflected on the sense of "teaming up" for a common goal.

Agenda (also in Italian)



3-7 September 2018, Zovello di Ravascletto, Italy

FVG Summer School 2018Second Edition

The Summer School is conceived as a training opportunity for municipal administrators to acquire an open mind-set towards innovation on issues of integrated local development and programming. It also acted as a method for designing coherent interventions funded by European funds or other resources in international, national, and regional policies frameworks.

The approach proposed in the Summer School is a blending of presentations, working group exercises, case studies analysis, and good practice presentations, outdoor training aiming to foster interaction among participants and develop new and shared knowledge.

Agenda (also in Italian)

27 September - 18 & 31 October 2018, Udine, Italy

Talks cycle on understanding global trends to innovate local governments

  • 27 Sept 2018 | The local economy outlook in times of artificial intelligence and globalisation backlash
  • 18 Oct. 2018 | The role of the local policy makers in dealing with the twofold challenge of cohesion and local-global development
  • 31 Oct. 2018 | Environmental changes and local landscapes

Programme (also in Italian)


4-8 September 2017, Zovello di Ravascletto, Italy

FVG Summer School 2017First Edition

This Summer School focused on a specific UTIs’ competence: in the new regulatory and administrative framework of the Local Authorities' System in Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, UTIs – as inter-municipal bodies - are the main pillar for designing and managing socio-economic development policies at the infra-regional level. In so doing, they were launching a substantial institutional innovation in the regional development public policy framework.

As this was a completely new function for most local authorities, the Summer School was conceived as a training course and platform to facilitate an exchange of experiences among local mayors and councillors of the FVG region, stimulating knowledge and the understanding of wide area development policy and strategic planning features.

Agenda (also in Italian)

Final conference agenda (also in Italian)

Local development challenges and the role of “wide areas” in strategic planning

 (also in Italian)



 At the initiative of

NextPA ‌‌

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