The International Network of Michelin Cities, launched in 2014 by Clermont-Ferrand, aims at developping public and private partnerships between around 30 cities all over the world sharing the common feature of being home to a Michelin production or research center, as well as their partner cities.
This project is a powerful driver for innovation in public policy. It addresses the issues of internationalization and attractiveness of the territories. It signals the dawn of a new kind of cooperation between cities, and is completely in line with 21st century concerns, such as those of COP21 and the Habitat 3 conference.
To date, about 30 cities in Europe, Asia, America and Africa have expressed an interest in joining this network.
The International Network of Michelin Cities is different from other city networks in several ways:
- Because the network believes that the diversity of its cities is a strength, it enables each one, irrespective of its size, to be a source of inspiration to the others;
- The network does not only focus on public policy; it also involves all of its driving forces: university faculty, representatives of the economic sector, associations, and artists. Local stakeholders are invited to participate in the activities of the Network;
- The association is based in the city of Clermont-Ferrand, that handles most of the administrative work, any member of the Network initiates and develops new projects, giving it a truly multilateral character.
To sustain the ideas initiated at the 1st conference being held from November 29th to December 1st 2017 in Clermont-Ferrand in France, some collaborative projects are launched, to foster cooperation between conferences. They primarily focus on topics voted for by the Network cities.
Communications concerning the projects developed by the Network cities are published on the digital platform, available in several languages. This portal site highlights the network's activities and provide access to specific information and resources.
The Network's biennial conferences is to be held in different cities, elected by the members. The 2nd Conference was held in Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain, from March 27th till 29th. Three mains axis were developped: environmental, social and economic sustainabilty. 200 people from 30 cities on 3 continents gathered to exchange their ideas during 6 labs: university, circular economy, citizen participation, urbanism, innovation and mobility.
Some cooperation ideas arose, let's transform them into concrete projects for the territories before the 3rd Conference, to be held in Santiago de Querétaro in Mexico in March 2021 !