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Catanzaro, Italy | Young and creative

Catanzaro [100.000 inhabitants] is the capital of Calabria. The city had never addressed the promotion of creative industries as an important aspect of a wider integrated approach to local development. The “Youth, Creativity and Local Development” project, the “Creativity Factory” project as well as the participation in the URBACT programme have been thought as an opportunity for tackling new approaches to the creative issue.

Catanzaro [100.000 inhabitants] is the capital of Calabria. The city had never addressed the promotion of creative industries as an important aspect of a wider integrated approach to local development. The “Youth, Creativity and Local Development” project, the “Creativity Factory” project as well as the participation in the URBACT programme have been thought as an opportunity for tackling new approaches to the creative issue.

The main challenges the community in Catanzaro is currently facing are unemployment and the dependency of most of tertiary sector on Public Administration. The urban area has an urgent need for economic and strategic repositioning, and the main direction should be the one to support further specialization in knowledge economy and advanced services, in environmental and historical valorisation and tourism.

New mobility systems and strategic plans in Catanzaro designing a new urban area, will determine urgent need for new services, new activities, new knowledge and expertise. Creative and cultural sector will have to play a very important role in sustaining new city projects and strategies.

Catanzaro will contribute to the network through its experience on: local strategic planning processes; reusing old buildings for creative issues; cultural and scenic-arts venues; and citizen participation.

www.comunecatanzaro.it

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