The number of projects undertaken by MMD in 2015, 62 new.


The number of Members of the Metz Métropole Ambassadors' Club :
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SPOTLIGHT ON the Amphithéâtre district at the Salon de l'immobilier d'entreprise, the business PROPERTY trade show in Paris

Metz Métropole Développement is now a well-established annual presence at SIMI (the business property trade show) which ran in Paris 2 - 4 December 2015 where it shared a stand with the 4 cities comprising the European Metropolitan Network of the Sillon Lorrain area.

On Thursday 3 December, the economic development agency organised an event promoting Metz Métropole as a destination, presenting the tools available to assist the region's economic development. Richard LIOGER, the Chairman of SAREMM, used the occasion to describe the current role of the Amphithéâtre district as a shop window for the region's renewal; ambitious structural plans include the Metz Conference Centre and hotel projects, such as the first in the world to be designed by Philippe STARCK, to be built in Metz.

Antoine FONTE, Director of the Convention Bureau is keen that its network should tap into this dynamic and with this in mind presented the Metz Métropole Ambassadors' Club, a new federative network that already boasts 400 enthusiastic members.

Antoine FONTE, Director of the Metz Métropole Convention Bureau and Richard LIOGER, Président of SAREMM.

SIMI is a perfect opportunity for the MMD team to promote Metz Métropole investment sites, network at a national level and generate new contacts with business property professionals.

To learn more about property development opportunities in Metz Métropole, contact:
Lydia Villard Mordacci

Continuing the tradition of recent years, our publicity campaign was highly visible all the way from the Paris metro exit through to the heart of the Palais des Congrès (Convention Centre). This was an initiative by the European Metropolitan Network of the Sillon Lorrain area, displaying its stand colours and key slogans on posters and inviting industry leaders to learn more about investment opportunities in Sillon Lorrain!

Amphithéâtre district/Convention Centre: CORNERstone of the Campanile hotel

The Amphithéâtre district is buzzing with activity! Exceptionally located and with direct links to the TGV station, just 5 years after the Pompidou Centre-Metz opened and with construction of the Muse shopping centre fully underway, next on the horizon is the start of building work on the Metz Convention Centre. This is the backdrop against which, in front of project stakeholders and local dignitaries, the Demathieu Bard group laid the cornerstone of the Campanile hotel on 1 December 2015.

Left to right: Philippe Jung - Managing Director Demathieu Bard Immobilier; Richard Lioger - President of SAREMM; Dominique Gros - Mayor of Metz; René Simon - Chairman of Demathieu Bard; Martine Rosillon - Chairman of Sofra's Board of Directors; Jean-Luc Bohl - President of Metz Métropole.

Dominique GROS, Mayor of Metz and MMD President, proclaimed “the City is continuing to develop! ... We have only one solution, believe in Metz... we are a magnet for businesses!”

Jean-Luc BOHL, Metz Métropole President, highlighted the symbolism of this cornerstone: “We have investors putting their trust in us and setting-up in our region... We know our city has all the makings of a truly great city!”

This building forms part of a mixed operation headed by Demathieu Bard Immobilier and comprising some 13,600m2 of office space, a private roof car park with around 250 spaces, and a hotel complex.

The hotel complex comprises 2 distinct parts: a 3*, 101-bedroom Campanile hotel, and a third-party brand restaurant jointly totalling a floor area of 3,758 m2.

Works on this complex are set to take 18 months, with opening provisionally planned for March 2017.

Builders and developers:
- Client: Demathieu Bard Immobilier
- Design project managers: ANMA Agence Nicolas Michelin et Associés
- Hotel Campanile Developer SOFRA

metz métropole Technology Campus: open tech at the Metz CEA TECH

The CEA research centre, in collaboration with the Lorraine entrepreneurial network and in particular Réseau Entreprendre and PEEL, organised the first “Open CEA Tech” on 9 December.
The day provided an opportunity to combine technology, marketing and business in a lean marketing and open innovation context and was open to entrepreneurs seeking new projects, start-up founders and students interested in entrepreneurship. Participants were introduced to several innovative technologies from the CEA Electronic and IT Laboratory (LETI) and over the course of the day were set the challenge of imagining how they could be transformed into products.

A weight sensor, an air-bag impact sensor, a night-vision detector, a mobile telephone camera imager, a fast analyser for bird flu virus... just a few examples of technologies that have been through LETI and gone on to become commercial products. LETI is also one of the most advanced research institutes in the world in terms of spin-offs, boasting more than 50 start-ups.

Workshops comprising small groups of participants came up with valuable proposals and business models that could lead to the establishment of more innovative businesses in Lorraine.
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TCRM-Blida Metz: launch of THE national "NéoBusiness" scheme by the Caisse d'épargne savings bank for start-ups and innovative businesses

The Caisse d'Épargne chose Metz for the launch of its national scheme for start-ups and innovative businesses. The event, attended by the national press (press trip organised from Paris) took place on 2 December 2015 in the TCRM-Blida creation and innovation space, the flagship site of the LorNtech online network, recently branded French Tech.

The occasion was an opportunity to present national measures and regional initiatives by Caisse d'Épargne in support of start-ups. “Both start-ups and established innovative businesses have new needs that require a specific approach.”
The scheme:
- a network of specialist business advisers: the Activateurs de Néo Business (New Business Activators),
- Néo Clusters – incubator, spaces in partner incubators, specialist business centres, etc. each tailored to the particular characteristics of the different regions,
- across-the-board services provision, from day-to-day banking to financing solutions for equity requirements, in particular via capital crowd-funding,
- né, the first collaborative digital platform dedicated to innovative projects.

Learn more: The Caisse d'Épargne is launching Néo Clusters - spaces especially for start ups. “Mapped to reflect the regional DNA, these will take different forms according to regional needs: their own incubators, spaces in partner incubators or specific agencies.”
For example, the Caisse d'Épargne Lorraine Champagne-Ardenne and the Caisse d'Épargne Rhône Alpes will offer Néo Cluster incubators in Metz and Lyon which will house, support and advise start ups.


Full to capacity for the 4th MC6 award ceremony at the Metz-Technopôle Cescom on Thursday 3 December 2015.
The principle: 6 innovative student projects / 6 minutes to make a pitch / 6 entrepreneurs with sponsorship up for grabs.

Various prizes were awarded during the event:

- 1st prize: Design of a innovative adjustable-diameter catheter - EEIGM METZ
Candidates: Sébastien DEMADE, Zakaria ALAMI, Valentin HOCQUET

 - 2nd prize: Microsensors for gas detection in the transport industry - Georgia Tech lorrain
Candidate: Chris BISHOP
- 3rd prize: Green fuel! -  Université SCI FA
Candidate: Jasmine HERTZOG
Sponsor: Bernard BAU – PEUGEOT BAILLY
The One to Watch: Voice-controlled drone design
Candidate: Erwan GUENIER / Arts et Métiers Paris Tech METZ – Sponsor: Edouard KLEIN
Project Audit Prize: Design of an innovative adjustable-diameter catheter - EEIGM METZ

Congratulations to all the winners, and don't forget to put 1 December 2016 in your diary for the 5th MC6 Awards!

Openings in Metz Métropole

- L'Occitane opened in November in rue des Clercs, Metz with a floor space of 65 m2.
- L'ombre des marques, rue du Grand Cerf in Metz on the site of the former Maison du monde, opened on 17 December.
- Paul opened on the site of the former bakery in the heart of the Horloge shopping centre in Grange Aux Bois, Metz.
- Carrefour Market in Marly has likewise opened its doors in the area's central building, the former home of Match. It will be joined shortly by a branch of the Caisse d'Épargne savings bank.



- WTC Lorraine Export Challenge Conference on BRAZIL in Metz on 29 January 2016 with Crédit Agricole International and Altios International - conference venue: Crédit Agricole, avenue André Malraux in Metz.
- 27th French-German Business Lunch in Sarrebrück on 19 February 2016.
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Open-house day at the Metz-Technopôle higher education institutions on 30 January 2016

 ENIM, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, ESITC, Georgia Tech Lorraine and ICN Business School are all opening their doors on Saturday 30 January to secondary school students and anyone else who wants to visit the sites and learn more about the courses they offer.
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The whole Metz Métropole Development team wishes you very best wishes for the festive season.
and looks forward to continuing to support your projects in 2016!

The Metz Christmas market and its Big Wheel take over Place d'Armes; a great occasion to visit Metz and see its pride and joy - the famous cathedral - as you've never seen it before.
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