Small and Mid-Sized Cities (SMSCs)

Local governments are in the best position to frame and manage a number of public services that increasingly need to be user-focused.

Cities and municipalities, big or small, are at the heart of innovation, procurement, implementation, maintenance and evaluation of effective lighting strategies. They are in a process to better understand the implications of new lighting technologies, and develop with all their partners inclusive, balanced and effective strategies for their citizens. Governance issues focus on lighting to increase the quality of life and smart lighting strategies as meaningful solutions to transform cities.

At LUCI, we aim to open our work from global to regional to local and deploy activities on each level.

Created in: 2023

Led by: LUCI and Fluvius

Main objectives

This working group concentrates on small and mid-sized cities (SMSCs). In cooperation with Fluvius and the cities in the Flanders region, the aim of this working group is to:

  • Discuss lighting governance issues, common challenges that are specific to small and mid-sized cities.
  • Share knowledge & best practices on tried and tested or innovative urban lighting solutions for small and mid-sized cities.
  • Promote lighting projects & accomplishments.

Working Group activities

  • LUCI has participated in several meetings of the VVSG network to present LUCI and explain the aim of the SMSC Working Group. To enlarge the reach, LUCI has communicated about the SMSC Working Group first in the IBE BIV seminar, and this year also during an online IBE BIV Back2School webinar.
  • Fluvius has helped to translate the LUCI Declaration to Dutch and disseminate it in Flanders. To also develop relations with lighting organisations in the region, (e.g. Netherlands), LUCI has presented the LUCI declaration at a OVLNL Conference in Eindhoven in November 2023.
  • Inspired by the now well-established LUCI Coffee Bre@ks, Flemish cities will share their knowledge and experience on urban lighting during specially created Flemish Coffee Bre@ks starting in 2024

LUCI member cities involved

Fluvius and its partner VVSG (Flemish Association of Cities and Municipalities), and through them reaching the cities in the Flanders region.

The working group aims to be open in the future to all willing members under 200 000 inhabitants.