L’Aquila is the capital of both the Abruzzo region and the Province of L’Aquila. The city of 70 967 inhabitants is a cultural stronghold: it is rich with art and culture with over 800 years of history of serving as an important commercial centre, connecting the north and south of Italy.
After the earthquake in 2009, the city embarked on a reconstruction process. Not only were the buildings physically rehabilitated, but the city’s infrastructure and utilities were modernised to improve their resilience and sustainability. Such initiatives have supported an ageing population while boosting innovation and job creation for the youth.
L’Aquila’s digital transformation strategy is based on the quadruple helix model where local government, industry, academia and civil participants collaborate to co-create the future and drive structural changes.
L’Aquila aims to build on the achievements gained from participating in the DCC. It will adopt a more proactive approach across all sectors to better demonstrate its strengths and avoid the threats identified in the DCC’s impact assessment.