Ecological, digital transition and social inclusion, Messina 87th in Italy

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MESSINA.
The city of the Strait is the87th in Italy in EY Human Smart City Index of 2022.
Thus losing positions with respect to the 2020 edition and stopping, again, in the third (last) band with respect to the general classification.
Sicily, on the other hand, ranks as the 17th region in the index.
What is the EY Human Smart City Index? It is a ranking that positions Italian cities according to theirs transformation process into a “person-friendly” city and their development in terms of investments and local initiatives on the one hand, citizens’ readiness and behavior of citizens on the other, analyzing the three strategic axes of the ecological, digital transition and social inclusion.

The result of Messina, however, does not differ too much from the other provincial capitals: Syracuse (91 °), Trapani (100 °), Caltanissetta (101 °), Agrigento (103 °) and Enna (107 °).
Palermo (46 °), Ragusa (59 °) and Catania (72 °) are the only cities in the region positioned in the second band, with a slight deterioration for Palermo and Catania compared to past years.

Slight disconnect between the readiness of administrations (where Sicily appears stronger, placing itself in 16th place) and the behavior of citizens (where it is placed at the bottom of the ranking, at 20th).
Strong enough too in social inclusion (15 °) with respect to the digital transition (18th place), but it has the weak point especially in the ecological transition, where it is placed in last place (the 20th).
At the top of the table are Milan, Bologna and Turin.

According to the report, “the South shows a prevalence of darker colors, and therefore of Readiness, to the detriment of Behaviorswhich appear very low: being, as seen above, cities with a very low overall score, it follows that their capacity for citizen engagement (occupation) is poor, indicating this element as an aspect to focus on.

“The demand for cities” tailored to people “is emerging very strongly – he comments Andrea D’Acunto, People Advisory Services leader of EY in Italy – and even companies find themselves having to understand and manage the impact of new urban trends on their employees: smart working, a new vision of work and the values ​​linked to it are the part more evident, but the greater attention to the environment, the desire for more sustainable travel and a better balance between work and private life are irreversible trends.
Cities that will be more capable and faster in redesigning and redeveloping residential and work spaces will become more attractive.
The Human Smart City is the city that (re) designs infrastructures and services by combining the centrality of the person, technological innovation and sustainability and represents an opportunity for both companies and local administrations to attract workers and citizens “.

News from Sicily 2022-07-02 00:46:00

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