Kavala is a city located in northern Greece with a population of 124 917 inhabitants. It is the principal seaport of eastern Macedonia and the largest and second most populous region in the country. Its economy is fuelled by a large service sector, most of which is linked to tourism, and the public sector – the city’s two main employers. In 2017, Kavala was given the governance award by the Bravo Sustainability Awards.
Out of the 17 strategic policies laid out in the city’s main strategic document, Kavala’s Operational Programme (KOP) 2015-2019, seven are directly linked to digital transformation. These include promotion of tourism and culture; promotion of the sustainable city model; promotion of smart government and citizen empowerment; promotion of research, technological development and innovation for entrepreneurship; promotion of intelligent city model; promotion of the creative city model; and promotion of citizens’ healthcare.
Kavala will engage stakeholders from all aspects of the quadruple helix to deliver its digital transformation policies, as well as local actors through its innovative and accredited public participation and consultation structure.
Kavala was a participant city in the DCC.