Economy: Burgundy Invest takes on the charm of the Dijon metropolitan area

François Rebzamen, President of Dijon Metropole and Jean-Philippe Girard, President of Burgundy Invest, launched an association on Thursday, May 12, to contribute to the development of the territory through “responsible economic growth.”

Founded on January 24, Burgundy Invest is a new institution aimed at promoting the economic appeal of the big city of Dijon, officially launched on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

In an associative position, Burgundy Invest brings together public and private economic agents who “have a desire to develop the Dijon metropolitan area for responsible economic growth.”

Supporting regional growth sectors

Bourgogne Invest is chaired by Jean-Philippe Girard, former CEO of Eurogerm and manager of ACLG Capital and Conseil Stratégique. Of the 18 members of the Executive Council, 15 are entrepreneurs. The elected metropolitan cities Daniel Juban and Marie Helene Julard Landrian are the Vice Presidents of this structure.

As Dijon Metropole explains, the mission of Burgundy Invest is as follows:
-Supporting companies and entrepreneurs in the growing sector of the region through a variety of services aimed at established companies, companies with founding projects, and start-ups.
-Focus on helping companies establish and develop in the form of legal, tax, financial engineering, real estate and land support, employee and personnel mobility, mentoring and networking advice and support. A series of service development areas,
-Promotion of the Dijon metropolitan area and promotion of the event during an industrial trade fair or other event of its kind,
-Union and animation of a network of actors and ambassadors,
-Support for projects and partnerships that have a strong impact on the territory.

These missions will be carried out by six employees, including another metropolitan director, Dijon metropolitan deputy general manager, and community leader.

Held on the grounds of Dijon Metropole, the association is funded by the community. It will be 600,000 euros in 2022, 1.15 million euros in 2023, and 1.15 million euros in 2024 (that is, 2.9 million euros in three years).

Burgundy as a banner

This Thursday, May 12, 100 business people and elected officials will flock to the overheated lobby of Citédela Gastronomie following the launch of Bourgogne Invest, led by economic journalist Amandine Ibled.

The regional councilor of the Regional Economic Agency, Bourgogne-Franche-Conte-Jean-Claude-Lagrange, also said that Dijon’s Metropolis used the Bourgogne name as a standard. “(Read our article).

It should be noted that of the many elections elected, there is only one candidate for the next legislative election. It’s Bruno David (LR), an opposition metropolitan councilor.Read the press release).

“Promote Governance and Action”

“We need to strengthen our sector because of economic development and low unemployment,” said Francois Rebsamen (PS) President of Dijon Metropole. These are the four sectors of excellence that are primarily supported by the community. Health, digital, agrifood, tourism.

“There were some things that were already very well done. I wanted to go a little further in both governance and action,” said Jean-Philippe Girard, whose challenge is to promote “establishing a company.” Points out.

“When a company is founded, it’s an employment challenge and a global attraction challenge. (…) It’s catering activities, the hotel industry, businesses, craftsmen. Indirectly, it’s in big cities and beyond. Contribute. It’s a metropolis agency, but we’re not going to stop at the edge of metropolis, we’re going to continue the department and go to the area, “said the personality attending their coalition. The president of Burgundy Invest invites to continue the business network.

“We want to harmonize the economy, ecology and eco-construction,” Jean-Philippe Girard argues for “responsible economic growth.”

“I am happy to welcome overseas customers here.”

According to the speaker, Dijon has long suffered from a lack of image, not a bad image. This was compensated for by the global image of Burgundy before the attribution of the status of the metropolis after the merger of the local councils of Burgundy and Franche-Comté.

“We are happy to welcome international clients here,” Jean-Philippe Girard referred to the day before, a meeting day promoted by Dijon itself or a night around gastronomy and enotourism along the Grand Cru route. And answer them effectively.

“Startups, big companies tomorrow”

Next, three business people will follow each other to discuss the role of the digital sector, support for start-ups, and higher education.

“We have fixed the territory as the axis of our strategy,” Jean-Philippe Porcherot, director of Atol CD, who facilitates work in project mode, tells him. This facilitates payments outside very large urban areas in the digital sector. .. Atol CD has distributors in Dijon and Gevrey-Chambertin (Read our articlee).

The Crédit Agricole Regional Bank has set up a business incubator in the village of CA, Cité de la Gastronomie (Read our article). In this way, banks have announced their support for start-ups. “Startups are tomorrow’s big companies with a little luck and a lot of energy,” analyzes Emmanuel Vey, agricultural director at Crédit Agricole Champagne-Bourgogne.

“assets [de Dijon], Accessibility. (…) There are many things on the site (…): Competitive clusters, research clusters, support structures. Metropolis itself is a great subject of experimentation, “he emphasizes in connection with the territorial food project.

“Business creation is also born from students”

One of the missions of Bourgogne Invest is to build a link between the business world and the world of higher education. The first step is to perform a diagnostic of your business needs in order to set up a training course that meets these expectations.

“Companies can also be created by students,” points out Stephen Bull Shoe, BSB Director and Vice President of Burgundy Invest. Together their rank.

“Dijon attracts students from Burgundy and beyond,” said Burgundy Invest Vice President. “There is a real problem,” he points out at the end, “The dormitory problem, we have real needs.” Demand for housing construction that pleases the president of Dijon Metropole, whose development is centered on it.

Jean Christoph Tardibbon