Portes de France is no longer the only master on board


Don’t say Thi’Pi anymore, but Association Thi’Pi. Recorded during the last urban agglomeration council, this imperceptible change of name… actually changes a lot of things. The name already testifies to a statutory evolution: the digital center of the Thionvillois basin, an entity created by Portes de France, becomes an association under local law. This allows it to emancipate itself from the parent company, “to get out of the sole bosom of the community of agglomeration and therefore to offer it the possibility of flying on its own wings”, according to the formula used by Pierre Cuny.

Vice-president Jean-Charles Louis, however, brings a nuance: “Like what exists in Metz with Bliiida, the Thi’Pi comes out of the agglo but the agglo does not come out of the Thi’Pi”. Translation: Portes de France will not revise downwards the contribution paid to this digital flagship. Which amounts to €120,000 per year.

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The new governance

Open up, but to whom, to what? Thi’Pi will now serve five EPCIs, including Portes de France of course, but also those that mesh the North Moselle territory: the Val de Fensch, Pays-Haut Val d’Alzette, Cattenom and surroundings and the Moselle Arc . These communities will all be cast in this new mode of governance and will have deliberative votes. Legitimately, the agglo thionvilloise will remain the best endowed with five representatives.

In addition to the entry of these intercos, the great novelty resides in the appearance of private partners as founding members. The industrial heavyweights of the sector, namely ArcelorMittal, the Cattenom nuclear power plant and Thyssenkrupp will sit on the board of directors.


“It’s a service that aims to open up and accelerate its dynamism and attractiveness”, insists Lucas Grandjean. The delegate for digital uses and innovation led this dossier in conjunction with Florence Christmann, head of Thi’Pi. On his initiative, a bridge will be established with Bliiida. Connection which results in a rapprochement between the existing industrial incubators within this third place of innovation in Metz and the start-ups hatched by its counterpart in Thionville. Finally, as summarized by Jean-Charles Louis, this new era does not change the destiny of Thi’Pi: “Its object does not vary, but it is expanding”, insists the elected official. Among the objectives assigned on the roadmap of the Thi’Pi Association include the provision of individual or collective workspaces (coworking), the structuring of digital projects, the promotion of the North Moselle digital ecosystem , etc.

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