RegrowTown – The new network for the small towns of Europe

Smaller towns and cities make up the majority of urban settlements in Europe but their influence on national and European policy is limited. The RegrowTown network aims to give a stronger voice and provide technical support for settlements with less than 50,000 inhabitants.

Placemaking outside the ‘Community Sitting Room’, Idrija, Slovenia

RegrowTown emerged from an URBACT funded project supporting the exchange of practices among towns affected by long term decline. RegrowTown as a European network was launched in May 2021 by eight mayors of small municipalities that had successfully introduced new methods to activate civil society and promote the interim use of buildings. The founding members have proven expertise in adopting these practices in contexts of severe resource constraint, meaning that little if any additional external funding is required to introduce them.

Pop-up shop map Melgaço, Portugal

Once you have joined RegrowTown you can obtain peer support from other municipalities in using our ‘toolbox’ which contains detailed descriptions of specific practices founder members exchanged among themselves. You can also contribute to the development of new practices or initiatives to influence policy. RegrowTown members will be alerted to workshops and European funding or project opportunities. We are currently sharing expertise on the following practices:

  • Interim use of vacant retail premises
  • Activating civil society
  • Making and shaping public spaces

Membership is free and you can register your intention to join by completing the enquiry at the bottom of this page.

Founding Partners

Mayor of Altena (Westf.), DE

Mayor of Melgaço, PT

Mayor of Manresa, ESP

Mayor of Idrija, SI

Mayor of Aluksne, LV

Mayor of Nyírbátor, HU

Mayor of Isernia, IT

Mayor of Igoumenitsa, EL

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    The foundational principles, aims and objectives of the RegrowTown network are set out in the two documents below. Click the button on the right at the top of this page to find out more about effective ways to tackle long term decline.

    Foundational principles of the RegrowTown network Aims and objectives of the RegrowTown network