The Organising Committee of Seville City One has awarded four prizes to the Cartuja Science and Technology Park and Loyola University, as great exponents of Seville’s international projection. The organisation would like to express its gratitude with a tribute to the Deputy Mayor of Cartuja, Innovative Parks, Employment, Economy and Commerce, Álvaro Pimentel, for his promotion of Seville City One, and to Francisco Toscano, former Mayor of Dos Hermanas, for his promotion of the metropolitan area in the south of Seville with the Entrenucleos project,
The first Seville City One, Metropolis of Southern Europe Awards were presented today to PCT Cartuja, Loyola University of Seville, as well as to Álvaro Pimentel Siles, delegate of Cartuja, Innovative Parks, Economy, Employment and Commerce, and Francisco Toscano, former mayor of Dos Hermanas.
The aim of the awards is to highlight the role played in Seville by different entities whose work contributes to the image of Seville and its metropolitan area in Spain and abroad. In addition to highlighting the recognition of people whose role has helped both in the promotion of this public-private initiative, as well as in the growth of the metropolitan area of Seville.
In addition to highlighting the recognition of people whose role has helped both in promoting this public-private initiative and in the growth of the metropolitan area of Seville thanks to new projects.
Projecting Seville at an international level
The organising committee of Seville City One wanted to highlight the important work that both institutions have carried out, both in projecting Seville internationally and in the important implementation of initiatives and projects that link knowledge, work and business with other countries in Europe and beyond. “We want to acknowledge that, thanks to Loyola The University of Seville and the PCT Cartuja are giving Seville not only visibility but also prestige beyond our borders,” said the General Coordinator of Seville City One, Metropolis of the South, Pedro Salvador Albiñana.
The Regional Minister for Universities, Research and Innovation, José Carlos Gómez Villamandos (who is also the President of PCT Cartuja), highlighted the “enormous contribution that the Cartuja Science and Technology Park makes to the Andalusian and Sevillian economy”, generating 2.36% of the region’s GDP and 9.77% of the province’s GDP. “With 557 companies, the PCT Cartuja is a unique urban space that generates an innovative ecosystem; a model of cooperation and promotion of entrepreneurship,” he added.
After thanking the promoters of Sevilla City One for their “unquestionable commitment to public-private collaboration”, Gómez Villamandos highlighted the “added value of having a space like the PCT Cartuja, an innovative ecosystem committed to the present and at the same time a laboratory for the future”.
The Rector of Loyola University, Fabio Gómez-Estern Aguilar, thanked all the promoters and public administrations for the Seville City One award, including the Dos Hermanas City Council, where the Seville campus of Loyola University is located, and said that the founding team “set out to create a Jesuit University in Andalusia and, on the foundations of ETEA in Córdoba, we built what Loyola is today with a single objective, which is what is really important: To educate our young people in the best possible way so that they can dedicate their future to improving the future of others. “I believe that all the work and resources invested will allow us to achieve this,” concluded Gómez-Estern.
This first edition of the awards also included the presentation of prizes to personalities who have played an important role in the construction of the Southern European metropolis. On this occasion, Álvaro Pimentel Siles, Councillor for Cartuja, Innovative Parks, Economy, Employment and Trade, was honoured for his promotion of the Sevilla City One initiative and his contribution to the public-private agreement for the development of the metropolitan area of Seville. And Francisco Toscano, former Mayor of Dos Hermanas, for his promotion of the Metropolitan Area of the South of Seville with the great flagship project Entrenucleos.
The awards ceremony took place the day before the celebration of the 1st International Conference Seville City One, which will be held tomorrow, 31 October, at the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones Sevilla – Fibes. This event will give a voice to the main protagonists of the urban transformation processes of Seville and its metropolitan area, with the challenge of contributing to the transformation of the metropolis under a principle of action and sustainable development in its residential, industrial, logistic and tertiary growth, and positioning Seville nationally and internationally as a benchmark for the metropolis of Southern Europe. Leading financial institutions and international investment funds that have set their sights on the capital of Southern Europe will be among the speakers at the conference.