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Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04)

Do you want to set up in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Département?alt

Contact : la Mission de Développement Economique 04
Ferme Font Robert
04160 Château-Arnoux
Tel : +33 (0) 4 92 35 52 64
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altAlpes-de-Haute-Provence, bordering Alpes-Maritimes, Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, Vaucluse and Hautes-Alpes, is at the very heart of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. This prestigious strategic position makes this département a natural extension of the biggest and best-known business, trade and research clusters (4 million consumers less than 2 hours away), such as Sophia-Antipolis, Grasse and Fos-sur-Mer.


The following sectors are found here:
►cosmetics: including the European University of scents and flavours, in Forcalquier and the PASS competitive cluster (perfumes, fragrances, scents, and flavours).

►power for tomorrow: with 300 days of sunshine per year and ideal exposure at a height between 400 and 1200 m, Alpes-de Haute-Provence houses more than 1,000 hectares (400 MWc) of photovoltaic projects, including the Curbans solar power facility (output 33 MWc, 145,000 panels covering 60 hectares). Biomass has very strong potential: 70% of the Alpes-de Haute-Provence region is covered by privately owned forests with the total forest covering 340,000 hectares. In addition, the département provides 10% of French hydroelectric power with 12 dams and 32 hydro-electric power stations and the largest reservoir in France: Serre Ponçon Lake (1.2 billion m3 of water), bordering on Hautes-Alpes. Finally, the ITER experimental project is on the edge of the département.
►the food industry: the département of Alpes-de-Haute Provence produces a varied range of high quality food including 4 bearing a registered designation of origin, and it is the 4th largest French département in for the area producing organic food.



157,965 (INSEE 2008)


6 925 km²

Major Towns

Digne (prefecture), Barcelonnette, Castellane, Forcalquier, Manosque, Sisteron


Served by the A51 motorway, and the railway between Marseille and Briançon
Airport Manosque is 55 minutes from the international airport of Marseille Provence

High-speed lines and railway stations

Manosque is 35 minutes from the high-speed railway station in Aix en Provence and 55 minutes from the high-speed railway station in Marseille.


TESTIMONIAL: They chose the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence  Département (04)
Cyril Molina - Kellook – Promotional photo album and interactive mirror
In Saint-Auban
Cyril Molina, originally from Montfort, contacted the MDE in 2009 when his project was still only at the ideas stage... One thing was certain – he wanted to set up at the Moyenne-Durance crossroads!
MDE04 put his company in touch with the CCIT to work out its business plan and to apply for specific start-up help (Arkema Agreement, API Platform, Oséo, etc.).
Then MDE04 presented several offers of premises. It was a building belonging to the Château-Arnoux Saint-Auban local authority which attracted Cyril Molina’s attention. And that’s where Kellook is now!
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Realisation : HORSPISTE / an(i)mage