Nice Riviera Metropolis – Territory of Urban Innovations

Weronika Cycak
Senior Research Assistant, Europe Asia Policy Centre for Comparative Research

Nice is the 5th most populous city in France located in the South of France on the Mediterranean coast and at the foot of the Alps. Being the administrative capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Nice is well connected with other cities of the French Riviera and the principality of Monaco, as well as international locations through its airport. Nice is second-most popular tourist destination in France, attracting visitors with its rich history, architecture and beautiful waterfront.

Even though tourism has been traditionally an important sector for the local economy, Nice is now turning toward development and support for other promising areas such as healthcare innovation, biotechnology, renewable energy, ICT solutions, among others. It is expected that it will not only diversify the economic base, but also contribute to the city’s sustainable development and better life quality for its residents. By bringing together all the local stakeholders and creating a favourable environment for innovation, Nice has become one of leading smart cities. Equally important goal is to be an exemplary ‘Green City of the Mediterranean’…

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