Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, the City of Montpellier, and the Hérault Chamber of Crafts and Trades signed a framework agreement on October 11 to promote artisanship and favor territorial economic development.
Priority neighborhoodsThe signing parties also made commitments regarding craft trades, which comprises about 800 artisans within the metropolitan territory.
In June, Montpellier earned the label “Ville et métiers d’art” (City and the Applied Arts) based on its promise to create a “showcase for local expertise.” The goal is now for all 31 cities in the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole area to obtain that label.
“We would like to promote them and help them gain exposure,” announces the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole president.
Another priority is to develop actions, particularly training programs, to favor social integration in the economy for priority neighborhoods, where over one thousand artisan activities are already in business.
That is a major challenge for the closer collaboration sought by the agreement.
“There are more business creations in those areas than in other districts around the city,” adds Christian Poujol.