The GES (Strategic Expertise Group)
The main economic development vehicle for regional business leaders
The GES is at the center of the economic development equation in the Sud region. The GES is managed by the risingSUD agency and provides an advisory service to the regional executive. Composed of approximately 30 business leaders from emblematic companies, the GES represents both the 8 key sectors and the diverse network of regional companies that forms the economic fabric in the Sud region. The structure’s principal mission is to support the Sud Region in the implementation of its economic development strategy and to ensure this strategy meets the concrete needs of regional businesses and companies.
A dynamic ecosystem to support businesses and economic projects
risingSUD brings together a thriving ecosystem of public- and private-sector actors to support businesses and investment projects, including: economic development agencies and associated investment structures (Provence Promotion, Team Côte d’Azur, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Var, Vaucluse Provence Attractivité, the Alpes de Haute-Provence Economic Development Agency, the Departmental Economic and Tourism Development Agency for the Hautes-Alpes, Toulon Var Technologies/TVT Innovation, Euroméditerranée…); competitiveness clusters (Capenergies, Aqua-Valley, Eurobiomed, Mer Méditerranée, Optitec, SAFE Cluster, Terralia for food, wellness & natural products, Secure Communicating Solutions; metropolitan and inter-community governments; Team Sud Export (DIRECCTE, Sud Region, Chamber of Commerce and Industry International Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Business France, Foreign Trade Advisors of France/CNCEFF, Bpifrance pubic investment bank); operators of airport and maritime port infrastructures; the French Tech & French Fab Sud networks; the consular network; research laboratories, training centers, incubators and accelerators, universities, and top technical programs, and the Enterprise Europe Network… all working hand-in-hand to support major corporations, SMEs, and start-ups!