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City of Split Development Strategy: “Knowledge and harmony are the basis for our city’s future”

On 30 August 2021, Mayor of the City of Split Ivica Puljak initiated a panel discussion which brought over 130 participants at the Open Air Cinema Bačvice in order to liven up the discussion about specific goals and key measures which would set the path towards better future for the City of Split.

The Mayor lead the discussion by remarking that in the Republic of Croatia currently there are 293 strategic documents, which signifies that Development Strategy of the city of Split until 2030 needs to be more than mere formality, but a concrete and dynamic signpost that shows Split as it should be in the year of 2030. He also added that this is a crucial moment in which we set our priorities for Split in the context of Croatian and European development.

The members of the University of Split recapped the progress and current state of affairs in producing the Strategy. Prorector at the University of Split Leandra Vranješ Markić stated that over 80 experts who cover different fields of expertise participated in drafting the Strategy which ensued from multitude of data gathered from public databases and other resources. Vinko Muštra, as project lead, reminded us of the inception of this project and emphasized the importance of consensus which must be ensured in order to define strategic goals for our city.

As it has been stated, the University of Split finalized key elements of the Strategy: in-depth state analysis, SWOT analysis and city vision. Currently, the University’s experts are working to bring about strategic framework, i.e. to define priorities, goals and measures within the Strategy.

The panel had an active role in reviewing strategic framework, which resulted in constructive discussion. At the end of the panel, participants concluded that the City of Split has many potential in order to position itself as an economic, tourist, cultural and sport center of the Mediterranean, deeply integrated in European actualities.