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With four-fifths of the world’s population now living in urban centres, modern cities are able to play an independent role, even with respect to other nations. They have the means to design their territory, decide their priorities regarding development, increase their potential and conduct international relations. This is why they adopt Strategic Plans, in order to decide how to govern their future.

Torino was the first city in Italy to adopt a Strategic Plan.
This plan - which was signed in year 2000 - involves institutions, political representatives, business and society as a whole in a project to redefine the city’s identity. Few cities in Europe had a similar plan, and many do not have one today. The objectives were ambitions: to improve integration within the international system; to construct a wide-spread and unitary metropolitan government; to encourage entrepreneurial initiatives; to support employment; to make Torino a centre of research and education; to transform it into a city of culture and tourism; to improve the quality of life.

The Strategic Plan pinpointed a shared vision of social and economic development. Over the past few years, the city has put forth enormous resources and new instruments to give more power to the local system. Infrastructural projects, urban transformation, the upgrading of entire neighbourhoods, cultural policy, support of economic development, and promotion of Torino in Italy and in Europe, are beginning to show their first results. The city’s image, the scope of the construction projects and the financial resources attracted were all further increased when the city was awarded the XX Olympic Winter Games.

Torino Internazionale - with its 120 partners, including public bodies, institutions, universities, cultural centres, companies, unions and trade associations - is the association which promotes strategic planning methods, monitors its actions, communicates to the public the opportunities for development created by the Plan and encourages the public’s participation. Torino Internazionale also follows single projects such as Torino 2008 World Design Capital and the Metropolitan Urban Center.

Like other large European cities, Torino finds itself at the peak of major social and economic transition. The change concerns the passage from an economic model characterised by industry to a model that looks to intellectual production, the so-called knowledge society. Thanks to its high quality scientific, technological and cultural potential, Torino possesses all the characteristics to make the changes documented in the Strategic Plan. To support the change underway to the best, five years on from its foundation Torino Internazionale opened a new planning process, commissioning research and organising discussion meetings attended by more than 500 people. Finally, the 2nd Strategic Plan was presented on 1 February last year.

 
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