The city of Trento
Trento is an Italian town of ca. 116,000 inhabitants located in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol between the valleys leading from the Brenner Pass to the Dolomites, Garda Lake, Verona and Venice. Thanks to this geographical location, Trento has historically represented an ideal bridge between the Italian and the German culture. Today, Trento is a lively town, characterized by a plural identity and committed to combine smart development and innovation with the typical charm of an alpine town with valuable historical and cultural heritage. The local economy is characterized by a modern service sector as well as by a quite consolidated public-private partnership—as evidenced by the presence of an university with outstanding international character and excellent innovative research centers. Moreover, Trento is positioned at the top of Italian cities' rankings concerning aspects like the education system, business and job opportunities, quality of life, the satisfaction of public services and environmentalsustainability.
Overview of the Municipality
The Municipality employs ca. 1.500 collaborators and it is organized in three areas: Human, financial and instrumental resources; Citizen services; Technical area of the territory. The broad spectrum of interventions of the Municipality includes strategic areas such as social cohesion, economic development, urban security, education and training, youth policy, culture and libraries, sports, urban mobility, land management and environment. Part of the interventions are carried out through subsidiary companies and a close partnership with the Third Sector. The mission of the Municipality is to produce well-being and provide quality services for its employees and for citizens. In this view, since 2001, the Municipality has undergone a process to introduce total quality management (EFQM and CAF) in its organization, obtaining the following certifications and awards:
- OHSAS 18001 - health and safety in the workplace
- UNI-EN-ISO 9001:2000 for childcare and funeral services
- Prizes "Quality Public Administration" in 2006 and 2008; “Effective CAF User” 2011
- Committed to Excellence - EQFM” 2012
Trento Smart City
Trento is one of the seven European cities – along with Helsinki, Stockholm, Berlin, London, Eindhoven and Paris – hosting a co-location of the EIT ICT Labs and one of the Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology.
EIT ICT Labs is the strategic initiative aimed to drive European leadership in ICT innovation for economic growth and quality of life. With the purpose to encourage its vocation of trials and experimentations territory, in May 2014 the Municipality of Trento applied to the “IEEE Smart Cities Initiative” with the support of the University of Trento, the innovation center Trento Rise and the IEEE Italy Section. The quality of the project presented by the Municipality of Trento was recognized by the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative selection process.