The network’s activities include meetings between members and guest contributors from national or international institutions, universities, research organizations and companies.
The meetings, one and a half days in length, take place in various cities around France at the invitation of a local authority. Since it was founded in 2012, BEST has met 13 times in 10 different cities.Go to meetings
Topics addressed at meetings
|#16||The making of the city : strategies and managerial challenges|
|#15||Metropolises, territorial cohesion and administrative simplification|
|#12||Social and region-wide inclusion of vulnerable populations|
|#10||Local governance reforms: dynamics and repercussions|
|#9||Human resources, cooperation and public policy|
|#8||Innovation in the public sector, funding of public investment and administration|
|#7||Large urban areas and regions in Europe: what kind of strategic partnerships can address regional changes?|
|#6||Mergers and reorganization of local authorities: implications for management and social partners|
|#4||Public-private cooperation to serve local areas|
|#3||The role of executives in large local authorities. Running and monitoring satellite entities. Managing water and sanitation|
|#2||Scenario planning and sustainable cities|
|#1||Public service performance|
In 2017, the first meeting was held in a European city outside of France: Barcelona.
#11 Seminar / tour on the topic of:
Organization and operation of the city and its satellites
In 2018, BEST went to COLOGNE, invited by the City and its holding Stadtwerke Köln
#14 Seminar / tour on the topic of:
Organisation, operation, achievements and futur challenges
Host local authorities
Since its 11th meeting, BEST has received support from France Urbaine, a non-profit that federates French metropolitan areas, large combined urban authorities and cities.