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Town hall community engagement: a big success!

Town hall community engagement: a big success!

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For some time we have been planning for the ‘’community engagement’’ with the people of Vama Buzaului. To date we communicated with Vama Buzaului through the mayor Tiberiu Chirilaş, the council of the municipality and through the school. However, now with the construction start of the first house in Valley21, the joint Venture with Vama Buzaului, it was time to start a direct communication for a permanent 2-way discussion with its people..

Camelia-Tuţă-Building-the-Future-Public-Communications-Manager

CameliaTuţă, Building the Future in Vama Buzaului Public Relationship Manager, opening the event.

The collaboration with the municipality of Vama Buzaului is a unique program between investing developers and ultimately the people of Vama Buzaului. The idea is to market Vama Buzaului based on its uniqueness as an undisturbed pastoral community and its position between City life (Brasov) and nature, the Natura 2000 Park where wolves, bears and lynxes (and more) still roam freely.

The engagement on the 22nd of February 2015 with the People of Vama Buzaului was not just for the ‘’press’’. It was a real start that will need organized follow-up. We made a promise and the people believed the promise, they responded in a positive way, welcoming the Valley21 project based on the deep intent to market Vama Buzaului and use Valley21 as one of the pillars of this marketing.

The mayor of Vama Buzaului, Tiberiu Chirilaş, starts is address

The mayor of Vama Buzaului, Tiberiu Chirilaş, starts is address

Marketing of Vama Buzaului with the intent to drive a high quality tourism stream is the opportunity for the people to develop responsible prosperity. They will need help, they need help to become ‘’empowered’’ to develop themselves. This means a migration path, a path where ‘’we’’ initially develop with their consent and approval, transitioning to local grass roots initiatives supported by business planning, loans and a general marketing and a business connection web-portal.

This will mean an ongoing relationship between Vama Buzaului and Building the Future in Vama Buzaului where we ‘’co-govern’’ with the local government under an agreed strategic plan. Today I am the chairman of this co-governance, in the future it will be healthy if someone of us, or a new Building The Future in Vama Buzaului associate takes this role. We need to plan for this, I am sure at one point someone will stand up, maybe you?

Mark Koops-representing Building the Future, discussing the Valley21 JV project

Mark Koops, representing Building the Future in Vama Buzaului, discussing the Valley21 JV project in the context of the community engagement.

That is our mission for the next 10 years, or longer, as long as the people of Vama Buzaului see benefit in Building The Future in Vama Buzaului standing next to them in a co-governance and co-developing role.

There are many ambitions with this initiative, one of the ambitions is to grow the collaboration into a repeatable role model for any similar engagement anywhere in the world.

Our next steps are to now plan for the completion of the Valley21 project and to plan for a Grand-Opening-Event at this moment foreseen in August 2015. This ‘’Grand-Opening-Event’’ has the intention to broadcast this initiative of Business & Community collaboration to the world.

The people were encouraged to ask questions

The people were encouraged to ask questions, to be critical where they saw risks, were encouraged to become involved; the result was a very lively session with in general very positive, supporting and constructive tones.

Watch out for further announcements around this August Event. Developing and marketing is all about visibility, we need to make promises, we need to fulfill promises, we need to celebrate openly the fulfilled promises with anyone who cares to come to this opening event, celebrating the steps that we are taking in this inspiring and daring initiative of which there are only a few examples in the world.
For this community engagement event in Vama Buzaului we traveled with a group of people, to witness first hand where we are today and to be witness of the promises that we made. We also took the opportunity to attend to some other related business and to have some good time …

Below are some more photos to get a taste of the event and other activities

Building The Future in Vama Buzaului Team

The town hall community room is being prepared for the event-vama-buzaului

The town hall community room is being prepared for the event.


Lucian Andrei, Building the Future associate senior consultant

Lucian Andrei, Building the Future in Vama Buzaului associate senior consultant and legal counsel, has everything under control


The Romanian-Dutch and EU flag, Romanian Tswica and Dutch very old Genever

The Romanian, Dutch and EU flag, Romanian Tuica and Dutch very old Genever, Romanian and Dutch cheese for the post session reception.


People are starting to arrive for the session-vama-buzaului

People are starting to arrive for the session that will start at 12.30


The mayor allows for a delay of 15 minutes

The mayor allows for a delay of 15 minutes as people continue to arrive…


Almost set to go vama-buzaului

Almost set to go …


Horia Halmagi-Building the Future associate for real estate and co-owner of iAdvise

Horia Halmagi, Building the Future in Vama Buzaului associate for real estate and co-owner of iAdvise, a real estate consulting company, doubles as translator.


Luca Fornarolli-explaining the Valley21 architecture

Luca Fornarolli explaining the Valley21 architecture


Lucian Andrei-explaining the joint venture of the Eco-touristic mountain complex Valley 21 project

Lucian Andrei explaining the formal process that has led to the joint venture of the Eco-touristic mountain complex Valley 21 project between the community of Vama Buzaului and Building the Future in Vama Buzaului, through Dalghias Development srl., the operational company that develops the project


At the end of the presentation

At the end of the presentation many questions were asked, many comments were given.


Fabian Roth-manager of the Rezervatia de zimbrii de la Vama Buzaului

Fabian Roth, manager of the Rezervatia de zimbri de la Vama Buzaului (a bison park) speaks with interest about the initiative, it will bring more tourists for him … for the park that he and Vama Buzaului are so proud of.


more-question-vama-buzaului

More questions …


At the end of the very successful session-vamabuzaului

At the end of the very successful session a run for the booze & bites …


a runway of 2800 meters that will land a Boeing 747

We took the opportunity to see the new Brasov Airport being constructed with the runway now finished, a runway of 2800 meters that will land a Boeing 747. The airport terminal is next … some political issues that slowed down the process seem to have been cleared, being some strife between Bucharest and Brasov; however Bucharest now adopting the Brasov airport as their fallback airport in case of fog in Bucharest, which happens frequently. From left to right: Mihai Rozorea of the Vectra Grup that constructed the runway, Mark Koops, Horia Halmagi, Lucian Andrei, Herman Kloppenburg, Gérard Doedée, Jan van Eekelen, Camelia Tuţă, Giulia Valentini, Jack Geerts, Luca Fornaroli.


Mark Koops inspecting the runway

Mark Koops inspecting the runway …


Herman Kloppenburg catching up walking

Herman Kloppenburg catching up walking up the hill towards Bran (or Dracula) castle for some touristic sightseeing. Bran is at the west-side of Brasov County and within reach of Vama Buzaului as a family and general tourist day trip. Some 1,7 million people visit Bran castle every year, many of them Americans and other internationals attracted by the name of Dracula, how do you fool tourists? Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, Vlad Dracula or Vlad the Impaler never set foot in the castle …


A view in the cozy courtyard of Bran Castle

A view in the cozy courtyard of Bran Castle. Bran Castle was a fortress situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, being at this border meant frequent incursions in the past by Bulgarians and Turks in times when it was not a so peaceful border post.


many tourists flock to the place

Although February, many tourists flock to the place, a total of 1,7million per year


Lunch location view

Lunch location view


Luca Fornarolli-Giulia Valentini-Herman Kloppenburg-Jack Geerts-lunch

Luca Fornaroli, Giulia Valentini, Herman Kloppenburg, Jack Geerts… enjoying a lunch


Herman Kloppenburg cutting through his Sarmale cu mamaliga

Herman Kloppenburg cutting through his Sarmale cu mamaliga


Horia Halmagi explains Valley21

Visit to Valley21 with a few interested parties, only the faced people from left to right: Herman Kloppenburg, Usha Doekhie, Daniella Gidaly, Horia Halmagi, Jan van Eekelen


Foundation of the first house of Valley21

Foundation of the first house of Valley21 … waiting for the weather to warm up to continue …


Luca Fornaroli is happy …

Luca Fornaroli is happy …


Giulia is happy as well

Giulia is happy as well … just a bit tired… but the dream of realization is coming closer


Camelia Tuta is explaining the choices for desert to Jan van Eekelen and Herman Kloppenburg

Camelia Tuţă is explaining the choices for desert to Jan van Eekelen and Herman Kloppenburg


The choices of the day …

The choices of the day …


Jan van Eekelen does not see how he can make a choice

Jan van Eekelen does not see how he can make a choice, one looks even better than the other


Herman Kloppenburg has other considerations

Herman Kloppenburg has other considerations, it does not matter what you take, as long as you don’t take a small piece …


As Herman continues

As Herman continues: the point is to take a size that has some impact indicating the slice that he intends


Jack Geerts is enjoying it …

Jack Geerts is enjoying it …

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