Paris, San Francisco signed a smart cities agreement
On March 20th, 2013, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë and Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, focusing on the digital economy and smart cities. This agreement strengthens ties between the two cities.
Paris and San Francisco are committed to a close collaboration, to deploy solutions and address challenges of the City of the 21st Century (pollution, waste, traffic, energy, mobility management, etc.). Both pledged to support research initiated by INRIA (National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control, Paris) and CITRIS (Center for Information
Technology Research in the Interest of Society, UC Berkeley), which recently initiated a common research program. Research will take place in both Paris and San Francisco, which will share data and experiences via annual reports.
San Francisco and Paris, world capitals of innovation and knowledge-based economies, decided to develop a common strategy for economic development. Enhanced communication between the digital ecosystems will faciliate exchanges and create links between digital events in Paris and San Francisco, such as the upcoming event in Paris, “Futur en Seine” offering US companies international exposure and contacts. Another key goal of the agreement is to facilitate the launch of startups in Paris and San Francisco, to streamline access to the European market for Bay Area companies, and for Paris region companies to the US market via specific programs.
Following the signature of this agreement, facilitated by the Consulate General of France in San Francisco, a meeting was held between Anne Hidalgo, First Deputy Mayor of Paris; Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco; Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of Innovation, Research and Universities; Ron Conway, the iconic Silicon Valley investor; and Stéphane Distinguin, Cap Digital’s President and an experienced entrepreneur.
“It is essential that we help Parisian startups to develop in California, where they will find capital and access to the US market, which is essential for growth and job creation in Paris. Conversely, Paris must become a destination for Californian Startups who want to come to Europe” said Jean-Louis Missika Deputy Mayor of Paris.