Törökbálint, with the support of the Norway Grants undertakes ambitious projects in order to satisfy the needs of the community by increasing its service level and strengthening its operation. The general goal is to increase the human institutional capacities in terms of physical and intellectual assets by building on the principle of lifelong learning and by applying the Norwegian experience in the frame of a bilateral cooperation with the Norwegian partner Lillehammer University and Lillehammer City Local Government. In the frame of the project the following topics are processed: defining the medium- and long-term development of the town, supporting and providing encouragement for local and micro-regional enterprises, furthermore gender equality. The partnership extends to the neighbouring towns - Diósd, Tárnok, Sóskút, Pusztazámor – and to the regional authorities and institutions – HUNAGI, PMKIK, Telenor Hungary Zrt. – who provide expert support in the given areas.

Partners

The local governments of the towns participating in the NORMA project partnership - Diósd, Tárnok, Sóskút, Pusztazámor – and the economic actors undertook the elaboration of a joint economic development model. PMKIK and Telenor Hungary Zrt. are taking part by giving opinion about the model. Lillehammer University College, the Norwegian partner supports the capacity development of the local government by granting its professional knowledge and experience.  
Törökbálint
Törökbálint used to be a holiday village at the turn of the century and it has grown into a town. Nowadays Törökbálint is a town, which on the one hand kept its village characteristics, while on the other hand the qualification of its residents, the love of its people towards Törökbálint, the creative power of the various resident communities and the success of the local enterprises put this town at a fitting place within the ranking of Hungarian towns, being located in the neighbourhood of Budapest. In terms of economic development Törökbálint supports research and development activities and with the help of its up-to-date public administration services, specialized schools and language learning programs helps the parties wishing to invest in town. Törökbálint as the beneficiary of the NORMA project participates at the entire management and professional coordination of the project. http://www.torokbalint.hu/  
LUC
The Lillehammer University (LUC) is located in a beautiful environment, on the edge of the city of Lillehammer, in Central-Eastern Norway. The institution was founded in 1971 under the name of Oppland College and since 1995 it has been operated in the television and radio broadcasting centre established for the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. The university offers bachelor courses in the areas of travel and tourism, business administration, organisation and management, film and television, health and social work, human resources and social sciences. Master’s level courses offered by the university include the followings: education and social policy, child and youth health care and social work, public welfare and film and television science. The Norwegian Film School was established in 1997 at the university. There are two doctoral programs available at the university: Child and youth participation and competence development, furthermore innovation services in the public and private sphere. LUC (Lillehammer University College) is active in the areas of theoretical, practical and methodological research and development and performs significant research-based educational activities. At the university in the frame of the NORMA project the organisation develops study materials with the help of the Lifelong Learning Centre in the areas of innovation and gender equality for colleagues working for the authorities and enterprises. http://www.hil.no/eng  
PMKIK
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry  of Pest County and Érd Town with County Rank (Pest Megyei és Érd Megyei Jogú Városi Kereskedelmi és Iparkamara) is an independent economic local government of the central region, within this of Pest County. The Chamber, as a county-level economic chamber with the largest member number in the country, is the defining factor in Pest county’s economic and social public life. Its nearly fifty services aim at the supporting of market access for enterprises, the introduction of available tender and subsidy opportunities, furthermore information provision ensuring fruitful operation. The Chamber undertakes a role in the preparation of the laws and regulations and in the establishment and implementation of medium- and long-term territorial development programs. In the frame of the NORMA project the Chamber participates by giving opinion about the economic development model. http://www.pmkik.hu/a-kamara  
Telenor Hungary Zrt.
The Telenor Group is a telecommunication service provider present in 13 countries of Europe and Asia with 189 million subscribers. Its Hungarian representative, called Telenor Hungary Zrt. is participating at giving opinion about the economic development model of the NORMA project. https://www.telenor.hu/  
Diósd
The town with its 5400 residents is located on the Tétényi Plateau (Tétényi-fennsík), which is a NATURA 2000 area. The so-called rocking stones found in this area represent nature conservation values. Wine production and limestone mining were the traditional resources of income in the town with Swabian roots. Two quarries still commemorate this activity. In terms of economic development, it is important that a Regional Entrepreneur Club is operating in Diósd, which is supporting the local entrepreneurs. Several English speaking schools are operated in town, furthermore it is also possible to learn business English. The thermal water resources of Diósd may offer an opportunity for boosting local tourism.  
Tárnok
Tárnok with a number of residents under 10.000 is a really liveable green village. It is a town rich in natural values, archaeological findings and folk traditions. The Catholic church renovated in Baroque style was built on the remnants of the town hall from the middle ages. In front of the building the statue of St. John of Nepomuk can be found. Tárnok in terms of economic aspect offers such free areas, which can be accessed easily. Furthermore, the town offers well-established horse tourism-related services. http://tarnok.asp.lgov.hu/  
Sóskút
This town with its 3300 residents has been famous for its wine production and mining activities.  The famous Sóskút limestone was used for famous buildings, such as the Corvinus University, Opera House, Vigadó (concert hall), Saint Stephen’s Basilica, Buda Royal Palace, Citadel and Chain Bridge. The locally mined limestone and architectural traditions make this town very friendly. The nature conservation area of Sóskút due to its special and rare association is a popular excursion destination.  Sóskút in terms of economic development is an ideal venue for those, who are looking for a location for their enterprise within the range of the industrial park. The Sóskút Horse and Experience Park was built on the exploitation possibility of horse tourism. http://www.soskut.hu/?module=news&fname=telepules  
Pusztazámor
Pusztazámor town is located in an area dotted with detached houses and big gardens. Besides the hill house built in 1998, the 18th century Barcza Castle and park is operated as an exclusive horse riding castle-inn. Besides the religious memories, the row of wine cellars located in the village’s centre is significant in terms of the village’s image. In terms of economy development in Pusztazámor there is a great opportunity for waste management based on the Pusztazámor Regional Waste Management Centre and for green tourism. http://www.pusztazamor.hu/index.php/hu/  

Goals

  • Supporting local and micro-regional economic cooperation: in cooperation with partners from the micro-region’s towns, regional authorities and economic actors the establishment of a micro-regional economic development pilot program.
  • Institutional and human resource capacity development for local governments: institutional and human resource capacity development in Törökbálint and in the partner towns.
 

Target group

  • 43.000 residents of the micro-region.
  • Small- and medium-sized enterprises of the micro-region: 7200.
  • Törökbálint residents: 14.000 residents.
  • Employees of the authorities in the partner towns: 80 to 100 employees.
  • Managers and middle management of the authorities in the partner towns: 25 to 35 employees.
 

Activities subject to realisation

 
Economic development
  • Assessment of the local values of the micro-region and defining the economic opportunities. Participants: local governments.
  • Establishment of an economic development model. Participants: local governments, PMKIK, Telenor Hungary Zrt., Lillehammer University.
  • Discussion about the economic development model in the frame of a conference. Participants: local governments of the micro-region, PMKIK, Telenor, experts, Lillehammer University Local Government, Government Office, Érd District Office.
  • Adoption of the Törökbálint Integrated Urban Development Strategy and/or of the Urban Marketing Plan. Participants: local governments, experts, civil organisations and population.
  • Elaboration of the methodology for the elaboration of the urban development strategy and marketing plan. Handover of the methodology to micro-regional local governments. Participants: experts, partner local governments.
  • Development of an urban development decision-making system and its installation for micro-regional local governments. Participants: micro-regional local government, entrepreneurs.
  • Establishment of a Micro-Regional Investment and Entrepreneur Development Information System. Participants: local governments, entrepreneurs and suppliers of the micro-region.
  • Providing further training for the micro-region. Participants: enterprises from the micro-region, Törökbálint Local Government, Lillehammer University College (LUC)
 
Institutional capacity development and organisational development
  • Accomplishment of single-window administration via institutional and organisation restructuring at Köztársaság Square in cooperation with regional authorities. Participants: Local Government, District Office.
 
HR development
  • HR development for the local governmental officers and leaders of the micro-region, based on the principle of lifelong learning. Participants: Local governmental officers, LUC.
  • Establishing the conditions of lifelong learning for the small- and medium-sized enterprises. Participants: entrepreneurs of the micro-region, local government, LUC.
  • Supporting equal opportunities with HR development. Participants: local governments, entrepreneurs of the micro-region, LUC.
  • Exchange of experience, sharing of the results. Participants: Hungarian and Norwegian partners.
 
Gender equality
  • E-learning module. Participants: LUC, local government.
  • Equal opportunities manual. Participants: expert, local government.
  • Equal opportunities day. Participants: partner towns, twinned towns.
  • Campaign supporting equal opportunities. Participants: local government, partner towns, entrepreneurs.