The beginnings of the Development Centre of Heart of Slovenia go back to 1997 when the office of the then Mayor of Litija Mirko Kaplja supported Aleksandra Gradišek’s idea of the establishment of the local entrepreneurship centre. The centre was founded in 2000, its primary task being acceleration of the entrepreneurship of small economy in the municipality of Litija. Our mission can be marked for these 3 points:
- Maintaining developmental character (The Heart of Slovenia)
- Providing the structure for developmental contents (generating financial support)
- Improving the quality of life in the environment Through the years the RCL started outgrowing the boundaries of the municipality of Litija and linking up with other municipalities.
Today we are known as a coordinator of development projects in the region of closely interlinked municipalities of Dol pri Ljubljani, Domžale, Ivančna Gorica, Kamnik, Litija, Lukovica, Mengeš, Moravče, Radeče, Šentupert, Šmartno pri Litiji, and Zagorje ob Savi. Our projects are becoming recognized in a wider regional and European environment. We are introducing innovative findings as added value into educational, economic and local areas, and interlinking them with each other. We are acting as a development agent in the area of regional development partnership entitled the Development Partnership of the Centre of Slovenia, which is interconnecting due to new developmental possibilities. Key developmental projects were carried out in the past, which marked our path and future. For more information, please see the section ‘References’.
RCL is the learning partner in the project INNOVAge, joining the project due to the construction of a new elderly home in Litija. With the knowledge transfer from developed EU countries and also by joining the national level of industry and academic sector in the Eco-Innovative hub we want to find out / develop innovative solutions that could be installed in the sheltered housing in the new building. The idea of knowledge transfer within the members of the Eco-Innovative hub is to improve the national policies to support creation of new opportunities of independent living of elderly, supported by ICT equipment adapted to their needs.