Borås, Varberg and Umeå are the nominees for the year’s Swedish City Center in 2016.
”City centers face more complex challenges today,” says Björn Bergman, CEO of the Swedish city centers (Svenska Stadskärnor).
For the 22th year in a row the organisation Svenska Stadskärnor appoints City Center of the Year in Sweden. The award goes to the Swedish city
that during the previous years has made the most progress in its renewal of the center, through the cooperation of both the private and public actors., meaning there are a number of measurable results of downtown development.
The degree of interaction between the public and private sectors is crucial for the city and downtown’s attractiveness and growth potential.
”To work with sustainable urban development requires both a holistic and comprehensive approach and a common vision. We need cross-border thinking, thoughtful strategies and action plans that are well anchored. These questions we have worked with since 1993,” says Björn Bergman.
”Then it was best to respond to the external trade expansion. Today, we face more complex challenges. Excellence, research, training and exchange of experience both regionally, nationally and internationally is increasingly important for cities and localities survival and development.”
This year’s candidates shows ”strong confidence, determination and improvement ” according to a press release.
The final winner will be announced May 25 in conjunction with the Annual Conference in Örebro, last year’s winner.