Here you find the milestones about the Association since the initiative started in 1997:
It was Villach/AT that the journalist and artist Gerhard Leeb originally came up with the idea of founding the “Alpine Town of the Year” initiative, under the mayor of the time Helmut Manzenreiter. It was motivated by the idea to promote Alpine towns for their endeavour in favour of models of sustainable development to achieve harmony between the preservation of the unique natural landscapes, economic activities and urban life. The idea emerged in the wake of the Alpine Convention, at a time when several organisations including the International Commission for the Protection of the Alps (CIPRA) were reflecting on relevant paths to put into practice the international set of agreements laid down by this convention. The “Alpine Town of the Year” initiative was also intended to raise awareness of politicians and citizens alike for the sustainable development of their territories at a time when these issues where quite new in the public sphere.