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07.04.2017 12:16

PTS Granada bets on talent as an economic growth driver.

The Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS) advocated institutional and social support for talent as an economic growth driver at a meeting held at the Granada City Council to set out the first steps following the official designation of Granada as a ‘City of Science and Innovation’, a distinction awarded by Spain’s Ministry of Finance and Competitiveness.

Meeting held at the Granada City Council.

The bio-healthcare technopolis was represented by Jesús Quero, Managing Director of the PTS Foundation. The meeting was also attended by Sandra García, Government Delegate to Andalusia ; Juan José Martín Arcos, Territorial Delegate for Innovation, Science and  Employment of the Autonomous Government of Andalusia; Lieutenant-General José Carrasco, Chief of the Spanish army’s Training and Indoctrination Command (MADOC); and a long list of representatives from the University of Granada (UGR), the Andalusian Astrophysics Institute and Granada Tech City, who all agreed to launch the brand ‘Granada, city of science’  as soon as possible.

This official designation by the Ministry of Finance and Competitiveness, awarded to leading cities for their support of investment and infrastructure projects promoting economic sustainability and improving knowledge- and innovation-based growth, may bring investments totalling some 14 million euros up to 2022. In fact, a number of projects were already discussed at the meeting, including the installation of electric car charging points and setting up a development centre for science- and technology-based SMEs with the UGR’s support.

Following its designation as a City of Science and Innovation, Granada has joined Asociación Red Impulso, the Science and Innovation Cities Network, a non-profit organisation having as its central aim the promotion of science and innovation initiatives undertaken by local governments.