Greater Avignon has identified the sectors in which it has a competitive advantage and on which it can count to develop to its fullest potential.
The food industry and the cultural economy are two major sectors of excellence. They are both among the top priorities of Greater Avignon today and help define the identity of the region itself.
These two sectors find within our territory all the necessary pre-requisites to develop and expand their activities:
• They are intimately linked to the specificities and history of Provence: the agricultural and food-industry traditions as well as Avignon’s cultural and heritage influence.
• They correspond to the two major fields of research at the University of Avignon: “Tersys, l’intelligence du vivant”, focused on the AgroSciences, and “Agorantic, culture, patrimoine et sociétés numériques », which focuses on culture, heritage and digital societies.
• They depend on a very rich and varied business landscape, organized in clusters and bringing together innovative enterprises, research and education centers (both vocational and tertiary) and the institutional players.
• They are two of the recognized strategic fields of activity within the Provence-Côte d’Azur (PACA) Regional Innovations Strategic Plan: the fields of food, health and digital technologies…
• Lastly, they are supported by major building projects, in terms of the property and real estate offer for companies, such as the Agroparc Technopole and the Courtine Confluence Development Project.
New air services
The PACA region and the Pégase Competitivity Cluster, of which Greater Avignon is one of the financial partners, is running a development strategy plan in the aeronautical sector which will cover the entire PACA region.
The Greater Avignon region, implicated in this new dynamic through the Avignon Airport has, since 2009, benefitted from a partner investment program which includes Greater Avignon. As well as maintaining the expansion capacities of the air traffic activity itself, the project is to develop a sector of new air services, which will use and enhance the airport further and intends to create 1 000 jobs within ten years.
The New Air Services (NSA) include all the activities linked to the development of new air and aeronautical services that use the different air vectors such as drones, hot-air balloons, helicopters etc.