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The City of Le Havre co-finances the Digital City

A building dedicated to the digital economy co-financed by local public stakeholders.

The operation consists in the construction, at the heart of the maritime and port campus of Le Havre in France, of a building to allow the emergence of an ecosystem favourable to the development of innovation, entrepreneurship and the digital economy.

Perspective du futur bâtiment de l’EM Normandie et de la Cité Numérique (© CODAH / Groupe 6)

The digital City contributes material and intangible means for the to development of the diversity of the digital stakeholders: dedicated, outfitted spaces, a digital canteen (coworking Coworking Type of organisation of work comprising two notions: a shared work space and a network of workers (community) encouraging exchanges and opening. Coworking spaces are considered third places. spaces reserved for web and digital technology professionals), a training structure that favours new digital skills, a fab lab and an accommodation offer tailored to the development of the firms:

  • An incubator for project leaders/business founders;
  • A business/start-up incubator (hosting/personalised support/services);
  • A business hotel for developing companies.

The local authority of the Le Havre agglomeration (CODAH) is owner of the execution of the Digital Cité project and co-finances the building for 9.53 million euros out of a total budget of 24 million euros. Benefits and return on investment comprise rents collected and new jobs generated.

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