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Weblog week 16: Start of pilot project Strijp T

I think I mentioned my search for a new C2C BIZZ pilot site in the Eindhoven Region before. And I think some time ago I already announced the new pilot site: Strijp T.

Strijp T is a former Philips site. It is an industrial area with heavy industry and this will be facilitated by the municipality. There are two energy generation plants, one in use and an old one. For the old one there are idea to turn it into a biomass plant. In a part of the business site other functions will be allowed and a transition into a cultural area could take place. This part of the site is adjacent to Strijp S (below the area in the picture), which already is a cultural area. On the left and right of the business site there is or will be housing areas and above the area (as seen in the picture), you go into a large green area.    

Last Tuesday the municipality of Eindhoven organized a meeting for the entrepreneurs of Strijp T, to tell them about the ideas for the business site, as described about. They also offered the opportunity to us to introduce the C2C BIZZ project and to announce the invitation for a personal talk in the near future.

The next step is to call the entrepreneurs and ask them about their expectations, interests and wishes for the business site. Based on all this information a workshop for the entrepreneurs will be organized, to find common intentions and goals for the business site. Depending on the outcomes, phase 2 of our pilot project will be defined.

I went to the meeting on Tuesday as a spectator only, because I hired Fulco Treffers of 12N Stedenbouw to lead the pilot project. I was happy to see that quite a few entrepreneurs came to the meeting and seemed to be willing to talk to Fulco soon.

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