Date: June 13-17
Location: Nice, France
Conference: Innovative City 2016 (June 16-17)


Trade Mission Application

In Partnership with:


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 World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Team Côte D’Azur,  invite all Utah companies interested in growing their business in France to join us on this trade mission.


France, as the sixth largest economy in the world, is not only an important political ally with the U.S. but also an important economic partner. “On average, over $1 billion in commercial transactions, including sales of U.S. and French foreign affiliates, take place every day” ( In 2015, the U.S. exported more than $30 billion worth of goods to France. The top U.S. export commodities to France include transportation equipment, chemicals, computer & electronic products, petroleum & coal products, and machinery.

Many of the top U.S. exports to France such as chemicals, transportation equipment, and computer & electronics are exported from Utah. This data does NOT include any of the service (IT & tech) exports that are exported from Utah to France.

The southern region of France has established itself as one of Europe’s leading region for innovation in information technology, aerospace, cleantech, health & life sciences, flavors & fragrances, and tourism.

As part of this trade mission, participants will have opportunities to:

  • Receive market specific business briefings and seminars by in-country experts and the U.S. Commercial Service
  • Attend VIP reception for business leaders, elected officials, and other invitees
  • Participate in a site visit
  • Participate in pre-arranged and customized B2B meetings

Trade Mission Agenda (TENTATIVE):

WTC Utah Contact:

Teren Taniuchi

STEP Grant Contact:

Ariel Briggs

Monday | June 13

  • Morning – In-Country Briefings
  • Afternooon – Site Visit
  • Evening – Delegation Dinner

Tuesday | June 14

  • All Day – B2B Meetings
  • Site Visit
  • Evening – GOED FDI Reception

 Wednesday | June 15

  • All Day – B2B Meetings
  • Evening – WTC Utah VIP Reception

 Thursday – Friday | June 16-17

  • Innovative City 2016 Conference
  • B2B Meetings (if scheduled)

 Trade Mission Participation Fee:

  • TBD


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Innovative City 2016 Conference

Innovative City 2016, “the must-attend meeting place of global experts in urban innovation,” will be attended by public and private decision-makers on all levels of city and metropolitan communities, “elected members and representatives of local authorities, companies, public sector institutions, R&D entities, sociologist, investors and startups, think-tanks, and networks.”

This conference “will offer even more creative solutions and make its core contribution to the resilience of local communities and services, along with access to a wealth of people-friendly new technologies serving connected lifestyles.”

“Attracting French, European and global leaders in urban development, Innovative City 2016 keeps pace with upcoming technologies and needs as a showcase for start-ups, big players in new technologies and investors in innovation.” (

At the 2015 conference, there were…

  • 3210 participants
  • 195 international speakers
  • 70 exhibitors
  • 110 B2B one-on-ones
  • 41 countries represented

Of the business sector attendees…

  • 27% were cities and metropolitan communities (urban planning, environment, energy, transports, roads, IT systems…)
  • 19% were consulting firms and design engineering firms
  • 12% were general building & civil work contractors, operators, service providers
  • 10% were PPP’s, municipal administrations, public utility operators, intermunicipal authorities, development agencies, public property managers (healthcare, education…)
  • 10% were real estate developers, architects, city planners, project owners
  • 7% were media, press
  • 6 % were marketers, developers, investors
  • 5% were assets managers, banks, insurance companies
  • 4% Other

For more information, visit the Innovative City 2016 website

To register for the conference, visit the Innovative City 2016 Registration Page





Qualified businesses may be eligible to have trade mission participation fees and other costs associated with participating in the trade mission i.e. travel, lodging etc. covered by the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant. Contact Ariel Briggs for more information.


STEP Grant Contact:

Ariel Briggs