It’s the Conference of Cities! And we are part of it!

The Conference of Cities is a day for representatives of Austrian cities and towns to come together—to work, to discuss policy, to exchange ideas, and to network. This year was the 72nd Conference, and it was held in Bad Ischl. We here at AVORIS had the honor of attending for the first time—as part of a special trade exhibition.

The Conference of Cities
is three days long...

It starts on a Wednesday with a ceremonial reception, this time by Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, and an official opening, by Mayor of Vienna Michael Ludwig, President of the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns. It ends on a Friday with the passing of the flag to the next city to host the event (Wiener Neustadt, 2024).

In between all this are speeches, ceremonies (a keg tapping in the trade exhibition), working groups (on building culture, climate change, budgeting, etc.), panel discussions, evening events (pump room and spa park), excursions and entertainment programs (guided tour of the mines, visit to Hallstatt, hiking up Mount Ischl ...).

We went pretty much everywhere and were able to present our future program to key decision-makers at the trade exhibition. We made new contacts, had plenty of conversations, found new connection points for possible cooperation, renewed existing acquaintances—and generally had a great time.

Networking and collaboration between municipalities and private developers has always been important. And well-planned projects geared towards people’s needs will become even more important in the future, especially in light of the increasing challenges we face. Our development projects offer sustainable solutions—for growing populations and changing demographics, medical and local services and supplies, inflation, climate change, energy transitioning, and mobility.

Photos: Markus Wache & AVORIS