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Comune di San Donà di Piave

Community profile

Located on the bank of the Piave River, with its almost 42,000 inhabitants San Donà di Piave is the third largest town in the province of Venice, Veneto in Northern Italy. Comprising the surrounding towns, the population of the larger urban area is approximately 100,000.

After recovering from the devastating impact of World War I, San Donà is a new city in terms of infrastructure, architectural patrimony and socio-economic substance. Today, the municipality’s strongest economy resources include commerce, small and medium-sized enterprises and agriculture.

San Donà di Piave is further part of the Metropolitan City of Venice, an administrative unit that has been developed as a result of a reform of local authorities. It includes a large core city and the smaller surrounding towns that are closely related to it with regard to economic activities and essential public services, as well as to cultural relations and to territorial features, that form its metropolitan area. San Donà is also involved in a wider process of integrated planning of social policies involving 20 municipalities and more than 215,000 citizens.

WeGovNow in the region

In light of contemporary trends in urban development, such as demographic change and city centre deterioration, San Donà di Piave has introduced a social strategy which seeks to create a new idea of the city and its community. This means developing a new model of San Donà that develops and fosters relationships between people and local organisations.

The municipality envisions a participative approach that allows both citizens and local businesses to meet their needs, becoming at the same time active agents of and for the community. Recently adopted regeneration policies and initiatives aim at facilitating a closer relationship between the needs of the population, the overall quality of life of people, and the economic development of the city.

The WeGovNow online engagement platform is then to constructively supplement and emend the introduced measures. In particular the following concerns faced by the local community in San Donà will be addressed:

  • Regeneration of public spaces: The WeGovNow platform stimulates the revitalisation of the city centre by promoting the collaborative re-use of empty spaces in San Donà for business and social actions in relation to the community’s needs.
  • Creative activities supporting local development: The platform will bring together different stakeholders from the cultural and creative sector and thus promote new business networks and participatory initiatives. Moreover, organisations, businesses, handcraft makers and young entrepreneurs can use the WeGovNow platform to express their specific needs, share events and spaces, and introduce creative projects.
  • Accessibility and Mobility in the City: In this context, the WeGovNow engagement platform will be utilised to find consensus on strategies and plans to improve mobility and security in San Donà, making the city safe and accessible.

WeGovNow is further envisaged to function as a platform for collaboration establishing a culture of relationships and sense of community not developed so far. As such the urban development in San Donà will become a matter of participatory processes and dialogues between citizens, local authorities and other stakeholders.