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Forum Start City - Metropolitan Cities, the Recovery Starts Here

Event promoted by ANCI, the National Association of Italian Municipalities, in partnership with Intesa Sanpaolo
and in collaboration with The European House – Ambrosetti.
Palazzo Vecchio – Florence, Thursday, January 28, and Friday, January 29, 2016.

Forum Start City – Metropolitan Cities: the Recovery Starts Here
The “backbone” of our Country

Metropolitan Cities have also been established in Italy since January 1, 2015: Turin, Milan, Venice, Genoa, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Bari, Naples and Reggio Calabria (created by the so-called “Delrio Law” no. 56/2014) added to which are Palermo, Catania, Messina and Cagliari in special statute regions. It represents a real revolution in the system of local autonomy which provides local areas with models of government that are differentiated on the basis of physical, social and economic characteristics, and it institutionalized on a metropolitan level a “critical mass” comparable to that of similar cities around the world to be able to interact with them on an equal footing.

The Metropolitan Cities are the “backbone” of Italy because they are hubs of resources and expertise and nodes for the flow of people, goods, capital and ideas:

  • they involve 36% of the population, generate over 40% of Added Value and 28% of exports;
  • they bring together 35% of the companies of 56% of the multinationals based in the country;
  • they are the home of 55 universities and approximately half of the innovative start-ups.

Given the strategic importance of these new institutions ANCI, the National Association of Italian Municipalities, in partnership with Intesa Sanpaolo and in collaboration with The European House – Ambrosetti, has promoted the “Start City” project with the aim of:

  1. Providing Italian Metropolitan Cities with general method and strategy guidelines for an economic development that will result in employment growth and attract new investments.
  2. Promoting a constructive dialogue between stakeholders, contributing to the creation of a shared vision of those issues that are of crucial interest and those problem areas that are associated with the success of Metropolitan Cities in Italy.
  3. Transmitting the importance and significance of those issues discussed for modernizing and improving the country.

The major findings and the proposals of Start City were introduced and discussed at the “Metropolitan Cities – the Recovery Starts Here” Forum, which took place in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence on Thursday, January 28, and Friday, January 29, 2016.

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The Forum intended to serve as a motivating force for the Country’s elite to discuss, at the highest levels, the strategic and contemporary issues in the process of consolidation for Italy’s Metropolitan Cities.

The Forum was attended by Mayors (including Piero Fassino – President of ANCI and Mayor of Turin and Dario Nardella, Chairman of the coordination of Metropolitan Cities and Mayor of Florence), leaders of major companies in Italy (including Carlo Messina – Managing Director and CEO of Intesa Sanpaolo), Government representatives (including Graziano Delrio, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport), and the exponents of international success stories, as well as the members of the Advisory Board that has guided the observations for Start City.

Among the international speakers: Daniel Libeskind (Architect, Studio Daniel Libeskind), Jean-Louis Missika (Deputy Mayor of Paris, with special responsibility for urban planning, architecture, the plans for the “Grand Paris”, economic development and attractiveness).

The program included an in-depth look at the role and the challenges, both current and future, of Metropolitan Cities, focusing in particular on territorial planning and on the social and economic development of an area, with reference also being made to foreign examples of excellence.

The event also included the presentation of the Metropolitan Cities White Paper, the starting point for the discussion on the modus operandi of the Metropolitan Cities and the  method and strategy guideline for growth through these new institutions.

Start City – 10 Key Points of the White Paper
White Paper “Metropolian Cities, the Relaunch Starts from Here”:

The project also benefitted from the contributions of a prestigious Advisory Board, whose members included: Juan A. Alayo (expert in strategic urban planning; former Director of Planning and Development, Bilbao Ría 2000), Mario Cucinella (architect, founder and chairman of the MCA studio), Ferruccio de Bortoli (Chairman of the publishing house Longanesi; Chairman of Vidas), and Valerio De Molli (Managing Partner of The European House – Ambrosetti).
The President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, was present for the closure of the Forum.

President of the Italian Republic Sergio Matterella at Forum Start City
Watch his arrival at Palazzo Vecchio – Florence

Valerio De Molli on the future of Metropolitan Cities – Rai News 24

Valerio De Molli, Dario Nardella and Piero Fassino
interviewed by RAI 3 Toscana

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