Local endogenous development
and urban regeneration of small alpine towns


WP5 Regione Lombardia

Experimentation of innovation actions for trade and handicraft integration in disadvantage mountain areas'

Ojectives and contents summary

Objectives and contents:

  • To define a "hypothesis of the model" to revitalize the typical goods commerce in those towns nearby the most important touring routes;
  • To start a research involving all the local institutions, artists and manufactures and form the other areas, who may be interested in putting together their products; and a similar research will be done for agricultural products and local cultures, considering the hypothesis it is suitable to put together different kinds of products at the same "selling places" to be able to have a considerable amount of items for a commercial initiative;
  • On the basis of the indications gathered to single out a place and people (artists, merchants already in the market...)
  • "To follow" the experimentation for opening /reactivating "selling places" with the aim of monitoring every single step.(direct support, to able researching about modellization by means of good practices);
  • Analysis of the results and definition of the model for future actions regarding good practices;
  • Training activities are planned for the interested operators (artists, PMI, social enterprises, institutions).
Reasons for choosing this project

The Province of Sondrio is very interested in participating in the development of actions which represent a new item inside the several current actions on the Province (in particular the mountain districts) they are carrying a real support to the mountain economies related with the artistical and cultural production. The scope is to provide a concrete support to those entrepreneurial initiatives to save local traditions.

Project Development Methodology

In the development of this projects we intend to involve all the local real facts which have to do with the mountain districts economy.

Expected benefits (local and regional levels)

Town Hall of Dazio and boundary small towns (the project will increase their territory re valorisation);

Small entrepreneur (agricultural entrepreneurs, craftsmen, merchants, tourist operators, who will be beneficiated this promotion results).

Are there some expected activities at the end of AlpCity? (follow-up)?

This project is part of several projects promoted by Mountain Districts. Inside these projects we find the links and resources to develop a continuous process..

Which is the expected added value (not only for financial aspect) for taking part in a project INTERREG?
  • Consolidation of the supporting action to the mountain districts' economy involved in the IT-G-LOM-014 project;
  • Creating commercial circuits related to tourism in order to support local productions.

Expected Transnational benefits

This topic ha san important meaning for the whole alpine arc. In particular, this case can be related to the Interreg IIIA current projects followed by Italy and Switzerland.


Opening of « selling points »

Training for interested operators (artists, PMI, social enterprises, institutions).

Impact indicators

Contribution to:

Economy development in the mountain areas, mountain districts and boundary small towns;

Integration between commercial and turistical activities.

Name of the town/s concerned

Town Hall of Dazio

Demographic, social and economical of the Town Halls involved

The areas of reference for experimentation are those territories characterized by a social dispersion in small towns. A concrete case is the Dazio area.

The actions mean to verify and confirm the starting of an experimentation through a research , to manage commercial activities related to artist and local craftsmen activities, agricultural produce, ecc.
The hypothesis is to create some "selling points" promotion/selling/training.
These « selling points » are focused on the local population and tourism.

Role of the mountain resource within the local development chances of the town/s concerned (positive or negative)

The mountain resources may have an important part in the area development, and for the development of the Province, particularly the mountain economy may become a complementary instrument to reach a better equilibrium of the area, specially regarding the desertion of alpine places.

Expected contribution from the future actions of the local project AlpCity to benefit local development

As above pointed out, the project will give en important contribution to the local development regarding the mountain economy, facing the products "distribution" problem.

Who is the responsible for carrying out the project?

Town Hall of Dazio, coordinated by the Province of Sondrio.

How are the activities assigned? (in case they are not carried out by the partner)

There will be a convention with Dazio, for further contributions or inputs there will be rules pre defined inside Interreg.

Other partners, are there other administrations involved? How?

Convention with the Dazio Town Hall.

Who are the main local and regional actors of the projects?

Provincia di Sondrio, Comunitŕ Montana, Comune di dazio, enti, imprese, associazioni operanti sul territorio.

Is the case isolated or is it integrated in a wider activity programme? How? How the activities have started?

Participation to the project Alpcity of the Lombardy Region Lombardi, as "Project Partner" and the Province of Sondrio as territory for experimentation. It may require some interesting synergies. For example, for the current Equal IT-G-LOM-014, it's foreseen the creation of a centres network for research/assistance inside the alpine arc. Theses networks could find important links with the project Interreg AlpCity

Cronoprogramme Hypothesis for the activities (July 2004 - May 2006)

July 2004: starting activities

April 2005: opening the selling point;

May 2004-may 2005: promotional actions, training actions.

Total cost (Euros)

€ 50.200,00

Is there any scientific expert involved in the project activities? Which is their role?

No scientific experts other than the SSC ones are involved