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CREMONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

A BRIEF PROFILE

INTRODUCTION

Cremona is one of the most active and dynamic provinces of the Italian northern region of Lombardia, an area considered one of the driving forces of Europe and the most economically evolved of the country.

Cremona’s distinctive feature is its consolidated production tradition that can boast a robust network of SMEs that typifies Italy’s development model and can count on numerous excellent performances in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors. In addition, Cremona is one of Italy’s leading centres for musical artistic production, the most distinctive of which being the violin making for which it is considered the world centre of excellence.

 

 

 

THE CREMONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Chamber of Commerce of Cremona is a public body that performs a complete range of activities for the support and enhancement of the development of Cremona Province.

The Chamber plays a key role in the promotion and sustainable growth, as well as it develops appropriate local governance strategies, national and international partnership and alliances. Furthermore, the Chamber is particularly proactive in the field of energy (promotion of efficiency models and renewable energy) innovation, including exchange of good practice at local, regional and European level, with an inclusive approach of the Civil Society in the development processes.

The Chamber has strong institutional linkages and a track record of exemplary actions undertaken in teamwork with the Province and Regional Governments. This is the outcome of framework agreements, such as The Framework Agreement for the Province Development (that includes all the relevant stakeholders of the territory) or the Framework Agreement between the Lombardy Region Government and the Lombardy Region Chambers of Commerce. Framework Agreements are strategic and operational tools aimed at ensuring a sustainable roadmap for the development of the province.

Finally, Cremona and its territory have been inextricably tied to music for the last 500 years. Cremona was the birthplace of Stradivari, Amati and Guarneri - famed luthiers, and their priceless works are conserved in the Bowed String Instrument Collection in the Town Hall. In this concenr since musical tourism appears to be a sector in rapid expansion - according to United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Cremona Chamber of Commerce organises every year the Musical Tourism Workshop that aims to allow tour operators working in musical tourism in an international context to meet each other.

In this scenario, the Cremona Chamber of Commerce plays a vital role in terms of crosscutting interaction at district scale, since the Chamber institutionally covers the entire province and manages a complex outreach system that encompasses and links the socio-economic and cultural environments.

 

THE CHAMBER TRANSNATIONAL ACTIONS

The Cremona Chamber of Commerce is partner of the following EU co-funded project:

UrbanWINS Project (Urban metabolism accounts for building Waste management Innovative Networks and Strategies - HORIZON 2020) is a three-year EU-funded project that aims at developing and testing methods for designing and implementing eco-innovative strategic plans for waste prevention and management in 8 pilot cities: Cremona, Albano Laziale, Pomezia and Torino (Italy); Leiria (Portugal); Bucharest (Romania), and Manresa & Sabadell (Spain). A total of 27 partners are involved in UrbanWINS: from local authorities, to research bodies, universities, companies, and NGOs. Partners come from 7 European countries: Austria, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden. The project co-ordinator is the Municipality of Cremona (Italy).

This heterogeneous partnership pursues to guarantee that the progress in the field of urban metabolism and waste management strategies is directly linked to stakeholder engagement and mutual learning, and contributes to the achievement of resource efficiency and waste management objectives.

Further information is available at www.urbanwins.eu (the project leaflet can be downloaded here)

 

In the recent years, the Cremona Chamber of Commerce has been partner of the following EU co-funded project:

CLIQ Project (Creating Local Innovation through a Quadruple Helix) (INTERREG IVC) focuses on the role of local authorities in medium sized cities in driving innovation to support the Lisbon goalsfor jobs and growth. www.cliqproject.eu.

CHANGE (INTELLIGENT ENERGY EUROPE PROGRAMME)

helps small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) optimise their energy use by developing a European network of Intelligent Energy advisors at Chambers of Commerceand Industry (CCIs) and by kick-starting/enhancing concrete assistance to SMEs.

www.eurochambres.eu/Content/Default.asp?pageid=232

ECOREGIONS  Project - INTERREG IVC - The project aims at improving the governance of eco-innovation and green technologies in the private sector (in particular SMEs) by transferring good practices based on the RUR@CT methodology and involving RUR@CT partners.

The Cremona Chamber of Commerce fosters the innovation processes with the support of the and the proactive involvement of the business sector, Universities and Research Centres, local, regional and national Authorities and the civil society.

The Cremona Chamber of Commerce has established an embedded Agency SERVIMPRESA (http://www.servimpresa.cremona.it/) that aims at contributing to the  economic and sustainable development of the territory, SERVIMPRESA is specialised in training and start of SMEs and provides support to other public and private stakeholders

The Cremona Chamber of Commerce is partner, co-founder or part of the management board of:

 

Postal and visiting address:

Cremona Chamber of Commerce
Piazza Stradivari 5
26100 CREMONA
ITALY
PHONE + 39 0372 4901
FAX +39 0372 490350
WEB SITE: www.cr.camcom.it