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.