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Andrea Gnassi

Mayor of Rimini

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background.

Mr Andrea Gnassi was elected Mayor of Rimini in June 2011. Since autumn 2014 he is also President of the Province of Rimini. In 2012 he had been elected President of the Italian strategic cities network and President of the ANCI permanent commission on Tourism the following year. Since 2014 he is the ANCI national delegate for Tourism and Marine State Property. Graduated in Political Science at the University of Bologna, he gained his experience in the communication and media fields unusual for an Italian politician (he also collaborated with the broadcast MTV) and, during his administrative experience, he always paid close attention to new perspectives on tourism and its promotion.

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is the project/initiative/startup/company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum all about ?

Mayor of Rimini

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities ?


IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company ?

His process comprises a persuasive mix between hardware, understood as heavy investment in public works, and software, namely the promotion of tourism and the ‘immaterial production’ of events that combine innovation and identity, in virtuous synergy with the private sector. From the discussion that is generated emerges a ‘mood’ which enhances the creative ideas of, freedom, welfare and modernism for the benefit of the new city, more and more homes and less and less condominiums.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you.

His favorite song is ‘Because the Night’ the Patty Smith version.