Caisse des Dépôts reaffirms its support for city centers and lays the foundation stone of Mecateam in Saône et Loire

On 1 June during the Association des petites villes de France (APVF) conference in Autun, Eric Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of Caisse des Dépôts, signed the annual agreement between Caisse des Dépôts and APVF. He then participated in the laying of the first stone of Campus Mecateam, dedicated to the maintenance of railway construction machinery in Montceau-les-Mines.

Territory development
Caisse des Dépôts partner of Association des petites villes de France

C Bouillon et E Lombard

On 1st June in Autun, Christophe Bouillon, President of APVF, and Eric Lombard signed a partnership agreement at the 21st Assises annuelles* of APVF about the Ecological and Digital Transition: the small towns at the heart of innovation. The aim: supporting the activity of the association - which promotes the specific role of small towns in the development of the territories - to run its network of 1,200 members.


This partnership, updated each year with Caisse des Dépôts since 2004, is also realised via unique exchanges with the elected representatives of small town on themes like the revitalisation of town and village centres.

Laying of the foundation stone of Campus Mecateam

E Lombard lors de la pose de la 1ère pierre du Campus Mecateam

In Montceau-les-Mines on 1st June, Eric Lombard, Valérie Obriot, President of Campus Mecateam, Jean-Claude Lagrange, Chairman and Managing Director of Société d’économie mixte pour la coopération industrielle en Bourgogne (Semcib - semi-public company for industrial cooperation in Bourgogne), laid the foundation stone of Campus Mecateam, in the presence of Jérôme Gutton, Prefect of Saône-et-Loire.


This campus will bring together all the educational tools required to train staff from the rail maintenance sector. The training centre's aim, the property section of which is sponsored by Semcib, is to train over 5,000 individuals over 10 years.


From 2019, Campus Mecateam will welcome an industrial building dedicated to practise (1,300m²) and a tertiary building for the reception and theory (1,500m²). Three 35 metre-long school-tracks, including a high speed line, are already operational. Digital educational tools will be at the heart of the project.


The total investment of €13.5mn including €2.2mn financed by the Programme of investments for the future (PIA), is in the context of the Partnerships for professional development and employment action undertaken by Caisse des Dépôts on behalf of the State. The legal and financial arrangements of the overall projects were ensured by SCET.


The support in MecateamCluster by the Caisse des Dépôts group illustrates the support offered by Banque des Territoires, launched on 30 May: advice via its SCET subsidiary, financial engineering and financing, in equity and in terms of its PIA mandate.


E Lombard et A Bréhard dans centre-ville d’Autun


*The APVF convention brings together nearly 3,000 participants, elected representatives and representative of small towns in France.



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