Horezu Local Economic Development Strategy (Romania)

Date: 2005-2006

EcoPlan coordinated the development of a strategic economic development plan in Horezu, a town of 10,000 in central Romania. The plan’s development involved the community, local businesses, schools and numerous stakeholder groups. The resulting plan was the first broad-based strategic plan for local economic development in Romania — a significant achievement given the country’s transition from a top-down model of governance to one where local governments now take the initiative. The planning process and resulting action plans have been so well received that several other municipalities in Romania have undertaken the process of developing their own local economic development strategies.