Thorsten Herrmann

Former Mayor, City of Bensheim, Member of the Innovators Club of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, Stuttgart, Germany


Thorsten Herrmann was mayor of the city of Bensheim. A creative workshop for the future under deep involvement of the citizens led to a holistic but flexible strategy for urban development. Bensheim became a “model commune for climate protection of the federation”. In 2014 the largest urban development project of Bensheim, the “Hessentag” (10-day festival of Hesse) has been realized. Besides a powerful infrastructure also a high-performing network structure has been formed. More than 1.3 million guests visited the city in this period. Thorsten Herrmann is the inventor of a virtual learning system and member of the Innovators Club of the German Associations of Towns and Municipalities.