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Samoa, West Atlantic Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency, heads two major projects: the Ile de Nantes urban redevelopment project and the Creative Factory. Samoa is a local public company whose capital is held essentially by public shareholders: Nantes Métropole (58%), City of Nantes (17%), County Council of Loire Atlantique, (5%), CARENE (5%), Regional Council of Pays de la Loire (5%), SCOT public-private entity (5%) and City of Rezé (5%). It is composed of a team of 34 people, with Johanna Rolland as president and Jean-Luc Charles as general manager.

The Ile de Nantes urban redevelopment project

Pointe ouest. Nantes (Loire-Atlantique) 07/2016 © Valéry Joncheray/Samoa

In October 2003, the elected officials of the urban community of Nantes commissioned Samoa to direct the Ile de Nantes project. Under a concession agreement, Samoa was appointed contracting owner through 2037. The Ile de Nantes, an area of 337 hectares with almost 1.5 million sq. m of buildable space located just steps from historic city centre, has been undergoing extensive urban renewal for the past 15 years. As contracting owner, Samoa carries out preliminary studies, develops public spaces, manages the land and former industrial sites and communicates about the project.

The Creative Factory

Soirée Apéripitch. Quartier de la création. Bâtiment B. Nantes (Loire-Atlantique) 12/2013 © Vincent Jacques/Samoa

In addition to the urban redevelopment program, Samoa was commissioned in 2011 by Nantes Métropole to run the Creative District cluster. Now called the Creative Factory, this ecosystem is composed of a multitude of actors and partners (entrepreneurs and project promoters, students, teachers and researchers, artists, non-profits and scientific and technical culture leaders) in an open and partnership-based process.

Although spearheaded by Nantes, the Creative Factory’s reach spans the metropolitan, departmental and regional levels, with the objectives of:

  • Building bridges with higher education and research
  • Structuring and leading the creative enterprises network
  • Supporting the projects and promoting collaborative processes
  • Developing “ad hoc” business properties