United Grand Paris, What else?


©Benjamin Géminel-Hans Lucas

No less than 28 events took place in the United Grand Paris pavilion in the presence of numerous personalities on Wednesday, March 16th. A dense day that highlights the wealth of investment opportunities in Paris Region!


This 2nd day opened with 2 conferences that testify to the attractiveness and innovative strength of Greater Paris: Business France in partnership with Choose Paris Region organized the Invest in France meeting, which highlighted the assets of the capital region internationally and in which Johannes Fruehauf, CEO of Biolabs, testified for Paris Region on opportunities in life sciences and real estate. Facilitator of productive investments, United Grand Paris also presented "The keys to investing in greater Paris". The Greater Paris Metropolis revealed the 3rd season of its call for innovative projects Inventing Greater Paris Metropolis 3.


Exhibitors presented major urban projects throughout the region, representing 20 million s.qm of opportunities for environmentally friendly economic development. Paris La Défense exhibited three major projects: the rebirth of the Groues district, the Odyssey project - three mixed-use towers around a square - and Empreintes, a call for low-carbon urban projects on five land areas. On the southern side of Greater Paris, Paris-Saclay unveiled the opportunities of its urban campus and the EPA Sénart presented the Villaroche technology and aeronautics park project as well as the Carré Sénart development.


Emmanuel Grégoire, First Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of urban planning, attended the event, as did Christian Estrosi, President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Regional Council, President of the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolitan Area and Mayor of Nice. Also of note was the presence of a delegation from Turkey, including two senior ministers, Murat Kurum, Minister of the Environment and Urban Planning, and Nureddin Nebati, Minister of Finance.


Reconciling economic dynamism and sustainable development

This day was an opportunity to draw lessons from both the health crisis and the environmental emergency: Grand Paris Aménagement gave a feedback on the year 2021, insisting on the importance of cooperation between the public and private sectors to achieve the objectives of sustainable development with new materials and new construction methods. Grand Paris Sud and Sénart presented the relevance of their initiatives in favor of industrial relocation after Covid. Redman, Essentiel and Bellevilles explained how they have joined forces to make territorial transitions a reality. For its part, the City of Paris presented a dozen projects designed to accelerate the advent of the Green City. And Semapa and Pichet gave a speech in the form of a manifesto: "Time to Change!


Many environmentally virtuous projects were in the spotlight, including the new Ivry-Confluences tertiary cluster, the low-carbon neighborhood around a park in Chapelle Charbon (Paris 18th), and the initiatives for low-carbon and sustainable logistics by Sogaris. The intervention of start-ups alongside the planners highlighted the importance of placing new technologies at the service of inclusive and sustainable development.


This intense day ended with a cocktail reception, as Paris Region is also the capital of a French lifestyle that does not leave international investors indifferent. The event was attended by Jean-Philippe Dugoin-Clément, Vice President of Paris Region, Éric Cesari, Vice President for Strategy and Institutional Partnerships at the Greater Paris Metropolis, and Jérémy Redler, Special Delegate in charge of Major Events at Paris Region.