The City of Genova is a local authority. The challenges of the City is to build instruments and strategies for a different concept of local administration, focused on quality of development and economical revival. Genova is experimenting a new method of city government and governance through a creative exercise in steps, with new forms of social co‐operation involving the whole community, with the idea of integrating public (local Institutions, all the authority levels) and private sectors for projects of economic, social and environmental transformation scheduled in the period from 2004 (when Genova has been the European Capital of Culture) to 2010. Social Affair and Health Policies Department is a big Department that includes all municipal services and activities that have an impact directly or indirectly on educational and social fields. City of Genova is actively involved in many research projects focused on education and solidarity, quality of life, economy and employment, communication and promotion of the City, Port and infrastructures, city management.
Genova, which forms the southern corner of the Milan‐Turin‐Genova industrial triangle of north‐west Italy, is one of the country’s major economic centres. With a GDP of 15.08 billion Euros, or 1.3% of the national total, the city ranked fifth in Italy for economic strength in the year 2000: after Rome (6.45%), Milan (4.74%), Turin (2.19%) and Naples (1.51%), and ahead of Bologna (1.01%), Florence (1.00%) and Palermo 0.94%. Today a number of leading Italian companies are based in the city, including Ansaldo Energia, Ansaldo STS, Piaggio, D’Appolonia and Edoardo Raffinerie Garrone. City of Genova is actively involved in many research projects focused on education and solidarity, quality of life, economy and employment, communication and promotion of the City, infrastructures, city management. City of Genova is a main partner of the Covenant of Mayors. The Covenant of Mayors is a commitment by signatory towns and cities to go beyond the objectives of EU energy policy in terms of reduction in CO2 emissions through enhanced energy efficiency and cleaner energy production and use. Signatories of the Covenant of Mayors contribute to policy objectives through the implementation of their Sustainable Energy Action Plan.
The City of Genoa will subcontract and work closely in cooperation with the no‐profit PACTA Association, which will support different activities including organisation of pilot, pre‐pilot evaluations and definition of evaluation metrics, organisation of focus groups and comparative analysis of results. PACTA will also be responsible for project office and quality assurance. The collaboration between the City of Genoa and PACTA is already in place and it will be extended to this project. PACTA groups professionals and experts with consolidated experiences and multidisciplinary skills and capabilities (professors, lawyers, engineers, business consultants, general managers, public officers, etc.), promotes, stimulates and supports at local, national, and international levels, above all at Mediterranean basin level, the full and active participation and effective collaboration among the relevant actors and stakeholders (citizens, professionals, public authorities, social and industrial players, etc.) within wide contexts throughout the innovative technologies and the advanced services based on them, especially Internet. The Association is particularly active in the thematic fields addressed by the novel Union for the Mediterranean, such as environment and coastal/marine cleaning up, alternative and renewable source of energies, transport, economic cooperation and SME, cultural cooperation, tourism, training and scientific research. PACTA’s main activities concern the conception of dissemination and exploitation strategies as well as their deployment. PACTA organises and effectively delivers events (such as workshops, conferences, information days), focus groups, questionnaire, interviews, opinion polls, awareness campaigns, as well as information actions, training activities, recommendations and research relevant for its objectives. In this regard, PACTA boasts significant experiences within national and European projects (KAMER, Aristhot, ISAAC, Enabled, IM4DTTV, Lazio Connect, SafeCountry, MOBIlearn, ENABLED, eCHASE, TOWL, Telegreen, REMOR, Q‐Ageing, EnviSmart, etc.), in particular as regards the dissemination, the evaluation and the exploitation tasks, the development of deliverables pertaining to legal issues and other not‐technical aspects and the carrying out of works concerning the definition and assessment of user requirements (by means, for instance, of interviews and focus groups).
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The City of Genoa participates in RADICAL as smart city. It will specify, deploy and pilot the RADICAL services, in collaboration with ELGI, which will serve as its main integrator.