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Manresa

The city of Manresa, with a population of 76.347 inhabitants (2018) and a surface area of 41,66 sq km, is located in the heart of Catalonia, nearby Barcelona. At the crossroads of two rivers and three strategic communication axes in Catalonia, Manresa has an industrial and commercial tradition. It’s the capital of Bages County (175.095 inhabitants) and it plays a very important role of capital status of a wider territory (over 300.000 people): the so-called Central Catalonia.

Its main economic sectors are the services: trade, health, education, administration, company consultancies (56%), followed by the industry, specially metal and car industry (36,5%), the building sector (5,5%) and finally the agriculture (2%).

In 2018, in collaboration with L’Antic Association and through Historic Center Comisioneer (Historic Center Councilor after June 2019), Manresa Muncipality started its participation in Urbact Re-grow city, a network of cities that share good practices to tackle against long term decline in medium towns through civil participation and volunteering.

Project is leaded by a group of local agents from Manresa’s Historic Center. Members from the group are from different profiles and not necessarily from a formal association. From this round table, local group essentialy proposes different actions to build ‘the best Historic Centre inhabitants deserve’. Guidance from Urbact project wills to set a NGO platform with active volunteering and small and specific actions development, in order to improve social cohesion in Manresa old town.

Claudina Relat, Councilor of Historic Centre, and Sonia Puyol, Europen Projects Manager from Municipality, are in charge of Re-grow City project management. Jordi Jet Serra Morales is in charge of local group coordination.

Through its previous participation in the REDIS project, Manresa developed the ‘northern knowledge door’. The purpose was for all the city stakeholders (university research centers, companies and administrations) to be involved in the definition process of the northern quarter as a scientific quarter, with the aim to attract new talents and be more competitive.

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REDIS

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