The project
Turin is the first city in Italy to adopt a Strategic Plan for the next decade.
On May the 29th 1998 Mayor Valentino Castellani called on the heads of the main institutions and public bodies of the city to develop a project for the city and its wider urban area. This project was called Torino Internazionale.

To date few cities in Europe with a similar history to that of Turin have adopted this type of process for developing a plan for the city. Turin's approach therefore was to work in collaboration with a team of experts from home and abroad that had an in depth knowledge of the process and had been involved in the development of strategic plans for other cities.

The first chapter in the process was spent diagnosing the city at present. At the end of this first phase a document, ("Verso il Piano", "Towards the Plan") was published containing fundamental data on the present and future situation of the city. At this time also key working parties were launched to examine the possible strategic lines of development for the city.

Roughly one thousand people took part in the preliminary round of debates and helped in the writing of a plan of action for promotion of the city.
A second document was produced that outlined the way forward for the city up to the year 2010 and focused on the six most important lines of action:
  • A better position for the city internationally, effective connections and the ability to compete on the same level as other successful cities

  • The co-ordination of a new government for the whole metropolitan area within a short time frame

  • To focus on both research and training as fundamental resources for local development and as the generators of a new international image for the City of Turin

  • The evolution of the city from, 'City of the Car' to a city known for its competitiveness in the areas of enterprise and new technologies

  • To take advantage of the huge wealth of historic, artistic and cultural attractions that the city has to offer and the promotion of the city as a centre for tourism conventions and trade fairs

  • The development of a more sustainable and environmentally friendly city and the creation of stronger social cohesion
The plan lays out a vision for the future of Turin and its metropolitan area, and how it can be achieved. It proposes six strategic lines which are then split into twenty more detailed aims and eighty-four specific actions or interventions.

The Plan concludes with a 'Pact' or agreement that was signed on 29th February 2000 in the assembly hall of the Politecnico by all those that had a stake in the project.
The most important and challenging part of the agreement was the formation of an association to control and constantly monitor the implementation of the specific projects outlined Strategic Plan.
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