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Châlons-En-Champagne

The city of Châlons-en-Champagne has about 46.300 inhabitants and a size of 26km². The city and the 12 surrounding municipalities have set up a so called 'Community of agglomeration', with mandatory and optional tasks, stated by French law. The main tasks of the Community of agglomeration concern economic development, spatial planning, housing, contractual urban policies development, crime prevention. Optional tasks a related to the creation and maintenance of roads, sanitation, water management, recovery of waste from households, construction and management of cultural and sports facilities of community interest. Contact: Sigolène Desmaris

Châlons-en-Champagne is the regional capital of Champagne-Ardenne, located between Paris, the Renan axis and the Rotterdam-Marseille axis and has. The proximity of a great consumption and production area such as the Parisian region (150 km) is an important strength. More than 70% of the European production and consumption is located in a perimeter of around 5 hours around Châlons-en-Champagne. The city has strengths to develop its activity. The motorway infrastructure for logistics, vast land areas conducive to major business areas, the presence of water essential to agro-industry, the competitiveness cluster Agro-Industries and Resources of Champagne-Ardenne, the TGV East line and the international Vatry airport are among the projects that give a new impetus, with significant impact in terms of job creation and allow to expect a new growth on the Châlons-en-Champagne territory.

The offer of higher education remains low (only 1 800 students) and encourages the migration of youth to other cities. This weakness also has an impact on the ability of innovation and research in the territory of Châlons-en-Champagne, that counts however only few public and private laboratories.

Main challenges for the city and its hinterland:

  • Improvement of the attractiveness of economic and residential area to stop the decline in population.
  • Preserving a vulnerable territory.
  • Valuing the historical and environmental heritage of the town and making it more attractive.
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