Caxias integrates innovation and technology incentive network for southern region

Municipal councils in Caxias do Sul, Porto Alegre, Florianópolis, Joinville and Curitiba have signed an agreement aimed at mutual cooperation in matters related to innovation and technology and to attract new business to the southern region of Brazil. The document, which was signed on Wednesday afternoon (05/04), during a panel session integrating the schedule of South Summit Brasil, an international event taking place in Porto Alegre until Friday, guides the formalization of the Technology Route, a route to encourage innovation and technology for the region. The agreement was signed by the mayors of Porto Alegre, Sebastião Melo; from Caxias do Sul, Adelo Didomenico; de Joinville, Adriano Silva; and by representatives of the municipal governments of Curitiba, Chris Alessi, Florianópolis, and Giuliano Perez.

Through the network, cities expect an increase in the actions of attracting, generating and retaining business, as well as the evolution of their innovative and technology-driven economic matrixes. Municipalities also want to demonstrate the quality, quantity and diversity of startups, set up new events, promote existing ones, and attract investors. “Cities have innovative features and a great capacity for mobilization. We are in the process of consolidating the innovation path in the south”, defined Secretary Elvio Gianni, Economic Development, Labor and Income in Caxias do Sul.

During the session, Mayor Adiló Didomenico mentioned the measures that have already been implemented in the municipality. Among them, the unification of 58 tax laws, some since the time of the formation of the city, and dozens of ordinances, into one simple and objective legislation, with the aim of providing legal certainty for those who wish to engage in Caxias do Sul. . He also commented on the recently signed partnership with City Hall in Porto Alegre, through the offices of the Attorney General, in order to promote innovation and technology. The mayor also pointed to the Inova Caxias program, which is regulated under laws that reduce taxes on start-ups and technology-based companies and provide legal certainty.

For the mayor, the district will create a new technology corridor for the world, opening up opportunities for investors who usually set their sights on São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. “In the spirit of cooperation and exchange of experience, we will advance and position ourselves as a region with great potential to receive projects in the fields of innovation, technology, start-ups and software. Investors will find municipalities ready to help,” he said. He also noted that the five cities have a population of about 5 million and nearly 20,000 companies that focus on innovation and technology.

Some joint actions are already underway for strategic planning, as well as defining roles and responsibilities for each party. One of them is related to the deployment of 5G technology. During the hearing, the Mayor of Joinville explained that the city council is in the process of finalizing a licensing law to receive technology. The content of the proposal will be shared with other municipalities to forward similar legislation. Mayor Adiló commented, “The idea was for enforcement to start in the capitals, but since many of them didn’t even explain their own laws, other cities had the opportunity.”

The CEO from Caxias highlighted the representation of the Southern Brazil Summit, which should attract more than 30,000 visitors. “It was a great achievement for former governor Eduardo Leite and the mayor of Porto Alegre, Sebastiao Melo, who attracted the event,” he added. In addition to Mayor and Secretary Elvio Gianni, the Caxias do Sul Municipal Council was represented at the event by Vice Mayor Paula Joris and Attorney General Adriano Taca.

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