The following is an excerpt of the final report of Censis.
The economic recovery of Veneto much depends on its inclusion in global networks, so that in the eyes of Veneto people, their own people who travel the world on one hand, and tourists, migrants and foreign investors arriving in the region on the other, are the key players of the circuits from which the highest revenues and employment opportunities are expected in the coming years.
Travelling the world is in the blood of people of the Veneto, who in a few short generations grew from being emigrants to strong exporters, and who are readier than ever to prove their worth in the globalized world.
The mood of the society is decidedly pro-development, with no room for being resigned to decline, and infrastructural investments are perceived as a necessity for relaunching growth.
Thus, it comes as no surprise that there is a widespread consensus among the Veneto's people to expand and integrate the region's airport network, with the leading role assigned to Venice Marco Polo.
For the Veneto people interviewed, a good airport is the one which multiplies routes and flights - i.e. world-oriented - and which is explicitly and verifiably committed to sustainability, both environmental with low-impact technologies and social, with a commitment to promoting positive spin-offs between airport development and local growth.
A Venice airport which is bigger, and better connected to global networks, is thus positively received provided that the increase in economic value that its activity generates be transferred locally, with socio-economic opportunities for the communities involved in various ways, and that it be accompanied by a strict control on all the various environmental impacts.
Research shows that there is a core of ideas shared across all the communities of the region: the centrality of work and enterprise in people's lives, the propensity to go out to the world, the desire to continue to grow and, with regard to aircraft and airports, the belief that they are a key component of the mixture in reviving the growth of the whole areas.
Happy degrowth does not belong here, we might say, because the Veneto identity is characterized by a long journey towards economic growth and, despite its almost inevitable sense of fulfilment in some of its segments, it believes that the recovery of the regional economy is not far off, that all parts of the region should believe in it, and that to achieve it, everything that facilitates global flows is essential.
In the Veneto of the future, its people are expecting and hoping to welcome more tourists, more investors and generate more companies that export. To make all this happen, though, they believe it is necessary to invest in appropriate infrastructures, starting from transport/mobility, so that the region may be more connected to the global networks and easier to access and cross at a local level.
So in the perception of the Veneto people, one should never underestimate the choices that facilitate intra-regional mobility; thus, the airport can become the dual-access hub for global and local networks, driving the competitiveness of companies and the quality of life of local inhabitants.
We may say that the value of an airport which is efficient, pleasant, with more terminals, routes and flights will be much more appreciated in the future, the more the value it creates flows through the creation of companies and jobs to the benefit of the Veneto community, and the more "activated" the initiatives are that keep the Airport's costs and inconveniences at levels lower than the benefits created.
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