Partnership between the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region and the City of San Diego

The San Diego French American Chamber of Commerce is proud to officially announce its nomination to represent and promote the French

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region in San Diego.

San Diego and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region are both the industrial cradle of dynamic sectors such as biotech, cleantech, bluetech, defense, aerospace, software development, and tourism.

To encourage the collaboration between both regions and create mutual benefits, a memorandum of understanding has been signed in February 2017 between San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Bernard Deflesselles, Regional Vice President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region.

The San Diego French American Chamber of Commerce has been appointed to lead this MOU. Our main objective is to boost business development in both regions and as a result encourage efficient and long-term partnerships.

The Chamber of Commerce will focus its actions on:

  • Welcoming French companies in San Diego
  • Promoting France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region to the local network
  • Accompanying local companies in France
  • Organizing events that will encourage the business community to foster partnerships
  • Increasing communication between both regions

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region

The Provence Alpes-Cotes-d’Azur Region (PACA) is one of the world’s top tourism destinations as well as one of the most important concentrations of intellectual and technological resources in Europe. The region is strong and dynamic in many different economic sectors. Among them: telecommunications, microelectronics, digital technology, life sciences, aeronautics and astronautics, sea technologies, multimedia but also the agribusiness, chemical, logistics and luxury goods industries.

Key figures

In 2016, the region counted 26,000 R&D employees including 13,000 researchers and an annual R&D investment of € 3 billion. Tourism is also a major asset for the region with an increase of 1.4% of tourists in 2015

Economic powerhouse

Globally, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region is the third economic region in France in terms of population and wealth. The region supports the creation of  new businesses (+14.5%  between 2010-1014). It attracts foreign investments: 1,740 companies with foreign capital representing 72,000 jobs.