‘Experiences with redevelopment of industrial sites’View the presentation
When talking about the valorization of industrial heritage, C-Mine can be regarded as a key example. The city of Genk designed a plan for the redevelopment of this former mining site.
Today economical, educational, cultural, touristic and social activities are assembled here, in which businesses, institutions and people participate. Other locations in Genk, linked to the mining past, are currently witnessing a similar development. The city thus optimally employs its industrial past as a leverage for the future.
Wim Dries was born on March 24, 1972, and grew up in the district of Bret-Gelieren. He is still living in the same area, together with his spouse Nele and their two children Viktor en Nore.
Since childhood, Wim has been actively engaged in voluntary work. He had a seat in the Students’ Council, was for a long time chairman of Vlaggendansgroep Symbolica, and is stil active within the organization of the Genker Heidefeesten. He committed himself to assisting many youngsters and developed a sound interest in everything related to the internet, networks and technology.
After finishing his secondary education in the Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege, Wim obtained a Bachelor Degree in Elektronica Finaliteit (Electronics) at Diepenbeek University and followed several additional courses. He worked for a long time as manager at DAF-Company, and for some time acted as a teacher as well. In 1995, Wim Dries was elected member of the Genk City Council, and since 2002 he has been a fulltime active member of the Board of Aldermen. In December 2009, Wim was elected as the 10th Mayor of Genk. He also occupies the position of chairman of Infrax Company.