Grenoble is in one of the top positions in the “European Cities and Regions of the Future 2016/17” fDi Intelligence rankings, published by the Financial Times. The Grenoble-Isère metropolis ranks third among Small European Cities of the Future (population of 100,000 to 350,000) in the “FDI Strategy” category, up two places from the 2014 results.
Christophe Ferrari, President of Grenoble-Alpes-Métropole: “This ranking reveals yet again the attractiveness of Grenoble-Isère, particularly the digital, new energies, Medtech and Cleantech sectors. It strengthens our determination to build the city of the future, making Greater Grenoble tomorrow’s energy transition metropolis.”
The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region also features in the Financial Times rankings, in ninth place among Large European Regions (population of more than 4 million) in the “Connectivity” category, based on the quality of IT and communications infrastructure.
Yannick Neuder, Invest in Grenoble-Isère, France-AEPI President and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes VP: “As AEPI President and Vice-President of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, it is doubly satisfying for me that these results confirm the attractiveness of both Grenoble-Isère and the Region. We owe this distinction to a large degree to innovation, our region’s universities and the companies that fuel the economic growth of our region.”
fDI Intelligence measures the attractiveness of cities and regions by various criteria, such as economic potential, labour environment, and the quality of infrastructure. The rankings are based on data collected on 294 cities and 148 regions.
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Invest in Grenoble-Isère, FRANCE-AEPI’s mission is to promote Greater Grenoble and the Isère area, nationally and internationally, to attract new businesses. Invest in Grenoble-Isère, FRANCE-AEPI is a link between Isère and the world, with branches in the US, UK and Germany, and expanding operations in Asia (Taiwan and Korea), supported by Business France. Over the past 17 years, AEPI has accompanied and assisted 450 French and non-French companies in setting up operations inthe area,thereby contributing to the creation of 10,200 jobs. The Agency’s added value lies in creating favorable conditions for detecting,attracting, establishing and anchoring productive activities in Grenoble-Isère. The area’s strategic position at the crossroads of Industry, Research and Training and the presence of several competitive clusters make it an ideal place for those with a desire to create, undertake, innovate and invest. With a remarkable knowledge of the local stakeholders, the Agency assists local authorities and advises businesses on their development projects in Grenoble-Isère. AEPI’s Economic Observatory is the key to research on the area’s main economic sectors and changing economic features. Invest in Grenoble-Isère, FRANCEAEPI actively contributes to Grenoble-Isère’s economic development.
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