The innovative project received funding from the participatory budget in Lille, France
Mayor of Sønderborg is Erik Lauritzen. He was born on 17 February 1960 in Sundeved close to Sønderborg. He has a background in farming and has worked as an independent farmer for several years. Later he was educated in agricultural business and landscape management. From 2000 to 2013 he worked as a teacher at Gråsten Agricultural School. He was elected to the Sønderborg City Council in 2000. Since 2013 he has been mayor of the Municipality of Sønderborg.