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Christophe FerrariPresident of Grenoble-Alpes Métropole
As the local authority responsible for economic development, higher education and research, the Greater Grenoble City Area strongly supports its high-tech industrial sectors. The digital technologies sector, including micro- and nanoelectronics and software, is the most important for our territory.
Today, this sector is the proof that in Grenoble, we have the capacity to reinvent ourselves and to invest in promising new fields to develop cutting-edge technology. The digital technologies sector represents more jobs than any other industry in our city area and it covers the entire value chain, ranging from materials to the fabrication of microchips to software engineering and all its possible applications, for example, the creation of mobile phone applications and the development of the internet of things.
The fact that we cover the entire value chain is remarkable and almost unique in the world, especially for a relatively small city. This is the strength of our city and contributes to our increasing notoriety as an innovation capital.
It is for this reason that the co-localisation of the two tradeshows, SEMICON Europa and IoT Planet is extremely important for the Greater Grenoble City Area, reaffirming our position and emphasising our strengths by putting our global companies, our cutting-edge start-ups and our world-renowned researchers in the spotlight.
Furthermore, it is because of the growing importance of digital technologies as a key-enabling technology for other industrial sectors that the Greater Grenoble City Area has decided to contribute to the structuration of the digital sector, notably through supporting Digital Grenoble,
President of Grenoble-Alpes Métropole