The Izmir Metropolitan Municipality had set a threefold vision with the contributions of intellectuals and lovers of Izmir at the Cultural Workshop it organized in 2009: to transform Izmir into a design and innovation city, to establish the city as an attractive focus in the Mediterranean region, and to create a democratic governance in the city. Since then, the vision has been accepted in Izmir. In order to implement this vision, the Metropolitan Municipality established the Izmir Mediterranean Academy in March 2012 to act both as a think tank and a democratic platform.