Local endogenous development
and urban regeneration of small alpine towns



Form 1 - Partner’s introduction

Name of the partner

Région Rhône-Alpes:
Conseil Régional Rhône-Alpes
Regional Council

Institutional role of the partner

The Region is responsible for general education and professional training (construction and maintenance of lycées = secondary school for 15-18 year olds, the professional integration...), economic expansion, regional planning (regional passenger transport services, development of the different "localities" of RA...) and international cooperation.

The Region is make up of an professional assembly (Regional Economic and social Council = 116 members) and an elected assembly (Regional Council = 157 members)

Regional Council: Jean-Jack QUEYRANNE President (since April 2004) 15 Vice-President and 6 counsellor delegate.

Name of the sector in charge of managing AlpCity

Direction des politiques territoriales/Direction of territorial policies.

EU-P4 Rhône-Alpes

Role of the sector within the partner's administrative structure

(Information on specific competences, policies and services).

Application policies: Habitat/lodging/towns with difficulties;
Regional Parks, contract territorial, cooperation : cooperation among towns (great, middle);
Great projects

Partner's expected benefits from the participation to AlpCity

Cooperation little towns and help the little towns of mountains in their own development level territory and region.

Indicate the WPs (5-8) in which the partner will undertake local case-projects (and if the partner is WP responsible)

Work package 8-project-cases 4-Cooperation among towns

Organisational expectations from the participation to one or more specific WP5-8 (case-projects)

Overall monitoring of WP objectives and common outputs, methods of work, promotion of specialist meetings.

Coordination with Territoire de Belfort.

Valorisation experiences cooperation of towns in the different work.

By managing the cooperation/network of small towns theme hopes to tiger the development of network that brings together small mountain towns at regional European level to help them develop and assist them with their territorial functions and their interaction with large and medium sized urbanized areas and towns.

The outlines of a charter for the network of small mountain towns at both a regional and European level.

Expectations from the work of AlpCity Scientific Steering activities

Un vital role in the start up, development and end product regarding AlpCity.

Form 2 - Description of the concerned territory (geographic and/or institutional areas)

Administrative areas within the region

Other levels:

  • The state is the guarantor of national sovereignty: as such is responsibilities include in particular such missions as education, justice, law; order and national defence; the economy, the social welfare system, major infrastructures, cultural and foreign affairs.
  • Department (8 Department in RA ) is responsible for the building and upkeep of colleges (secondary schools for children up to the age of 15 years) and for running the various department services (welfare, health and emergency services, departmental roads, school buses...) The department is governed by a general council which is elected by universal suffrage and headed by a president.
  • Commune are essentially concerned with implementing municipal services, managing municipal property, economic and social.. The commune is governed by a municipal council which is elected by a universal suffrage and headed by the major.
  • Community of communes, community of agglomeration or community urban who group more communes have some competences of the communes.
  • A new leg of competences is in discussion in France

Brief description of the mountain character within the whole partner's territory

Rhône-Alpes mountains are set in three different areas: the Alps on the Swiss and Italian border, the Jura to the North and the Eastern slopes of France's central mountains, the Massif central.

Zone of areas=73% of territory regional.

Zone of mountains (CEE directive 28 April 1975)= 2 M h (RA= 5,9 M h)

RA includes more than half of France's listed national sites and six regional parks and, 180 ski resorts.

Structure of the towns within the region

RA = a dense urban:

  • Lyon is the second largest agglomeration in France 1,260 M h.;
  • 2 urban areas with over 300 000 h: Grenoble and St Etienne;
  • 3 towns more 100 000 h,
  • 78 towns more 10 000 h

Names of all administrative area/s involved in the case-projects

Communes and community of communes in the three areas of mountain.

Number of inhabitants in these areas

2 M h

Specific issues on the structure of the towns in these mountain areas

Development sustainable

Economic characteristics of these towns
(Regional, international or local functions)

Functions economic, employment, services.

Social image of the mountains within the region

Values of quality of life, nature. Each valley area has its own local identity and history, but also its own economic and development particularities. Alpes, Jura and massif central:
different challenges varying from intensive pressure international traffic to rural isolation.

Policies for the mountain

In the regional council's policies.

To signal: convention 2000/2006 with State and PACA (Alpes), and Franche Comté (Jura) and Auvergne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limousin, Midi Pyrénées (Massif central).

Laws 9 January 1985 development and protection of mountain.

Law project: development of rural territory.