Twin City: Dourdan – France
The city of Dourdan is located 40 km south west of Paris, in the Essonne department (Île de France region). It is the county town of Dourdan, seat of the Le Dourdannais en Hurepoix community of communes, and of the Dourdan deanery.
In order to defend and promote our French heritage, twinning with Dourdan is a way to strengthen historical ties. This partnership was established in 1989.
2014 is an important year, since it marked the 25th anniversary of the twinning of the cities of Lac-Mégantic and Dourdan.
Dourdan: The Historical City
Located in a natural steep valley, bordered by flat land, the city of Dourdan grew over the centuries around its historic center and its 13th century castle.
Historic capital of Hurepoix, Dourdan benefits from a diverse heritage: from Gallo Roman pottery to custom-made houses indicating the urban expansion into the Île de France region at the beginning of the 20th century.
Located along the “wheat road” linking the large cereal shelf of Beauce to Paris, Dourdan remain, for many centuries, an important trade and commercial center, as evidenced by the old grain market-hall. This construction from the medieval era, replaced in 1836 by a new building, is still used today by businesses and craftsmen.
City of Potters
Built on the banks of the Orge River, Dourdan is a major pottery production center from the Gallo Roman era to medieval times. Urban archaeological excavations done in the 19th and 20th centuries unearthed many ovens and a rich collection of potteries, still preserved today at the Castle of Dourdan’s museum.
CCI Nord Isère
CCI is a semi-public organization that represents the interests of businesses (industrial, shops, services) to public authorities.
CCI is composed of elected professionals and permanent staff. The elected professionals of the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Nord-Isère has a twofold mission:
Bring to the public authorities the opinion and experience of their members on the state of the economy.
Provide members with technical tools useful to their business
The CCI Nord Isère Project
Reconstruction of Lac-Mégantic’s harbor offices (Québec): Colibri project
Pôle Innovations Constructives is a center of excellence that brings together over 70 members representing the three key ingredients to a competitive advantage:
- Businesses from the “building” segment
- Training and research centers (public and private research centers)
- Institutions, partners and professional/trade associations
Based in Rhône-Alpes, recognized for its expertise in construction and sustainable urban development, particularly in Nord Isère, this center of excellence brings together partners at the local, national and international levels.
Working for the buildings of tomorrow to ensure quality and accessibility to all by integrating both sustainable development and functionality. Or, how to promote a new standard: high-quality buildings for everyone.
- Working collectively on the materials, the construction and the construction processes, functions and use of the building
- Enabling construction material companies to be trained, to be equipped, and to promote their know-how
- Developing a global approach and managing communications between the different players, integrating very early all uses in order to optimize performance.
All these parameters, developed on a large scale, will enable the construction of a high-quality building while controlling costs and delays.
“Replica” building is over. Let’s make room for new processes for building quality that can inspire architectural creativity.
The center of excellence complements other centers of excellence and R&D, in addition to other competitive centers whereby they bring new perspectives of innovation and branding.
Diagram (in French only)
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Delegation of Nord Isère in Lac-Mégantic
City of Farmington, Maine, USA
The twinning of the city of Farmington with the city of Lac-Mégantic dates back to June 8 1991, and was officially signed by their respective mayors by Peter F. Tracy and Jean Lessard. The objective is to promote collaboration in the fields of education, culture, industry, tourism and economy.