Financial assistance for the redevelopment of urban deprived areas

Project information

Index: 0259R1
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location ITALY CENTRO (I) Rome Lazio Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1999-01-01
End: 2006-12-31

Topic of the practice

Public Procurement and Public Social Partnerships

Good Practice Information

Legal framework:Law n.226/97 art.14 Interventions for business development in degradation suburb area. Costs:Total amount: € 56,300,000.It has created an information help desk, easy to access via Web or phone through a toll free number. This service provides a first aid information on the characteristics of the law, its operation, the facilities provided and anwers to specific questions of users. Another important service was to create a team of tutors who carried specific mentoring activities to accompany businesses throughout the entire journey and administrative red tape and provide them with the skills necessary to better understand and manage the benefits granted. Surely this form of mentoring, where the government is close to the specific needs of businesses, particularly social businesses, represents an innovative and good practice in the management of public funds to support social enterprises.
Technical assistance offered by the municipality of Rome to the beneficiaries, also provides the creation of
places where businesses could locate their activities at very low costs.These dedicated spaces are defined Enterprise Incubators. An incubator includes a physical space that houses new businesses and provides them with tangible and intangible services to facilitate their development .A company may decide to settle or to join the incubator, keeping an own location, but taking advantage of services and network of contacts. Emergence and consolidation of new economic initiatives for social and environmental regeneration of the area of urban deprivation in Rome. According to an approach that combines urban interventions and development of small business, finance business projects aimed at creating new jobs in peripheral areas of the city.Beneficiaries:a)disadvantaged workers that are victims of exclusion b) Unemployed persons;c) Unemployed women;d) people that are resident in the suburban area of the city.e) non-disadvantaged workers that resent discontinuities in professional development;f) categories that are at risk of unemployment

Evidence of success

Results:7 calls for proposal have supported 670 activities and created over 3,300 jobs.Mains projects financed: - Librerie in periferia: 15 libraries created inside the bookshop and 3 municipal libraries;- Artigiani del Centro Storico: 50 craft enterprises of the historical center of Rome;- Imprese Verdi: 18 companies, of which 5 are involved in recycling and reuse of materials, 8 in the renewable energy sector, 5 in sustainable transport, - Imprese promosse da cittadini/e Immigrati/e: including the needs of the area, to support the increasingly vital capacity of immigrants to become actors in Roman economy, - Città dell'Altra Economia: permanent space initiatives set in the former slaughterhouse in Testaccio.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Luca Veneri

Comune di Roma,

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