Santa Catarina state moves to create tech park

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Authorities in Santa Catarina state, in Brazil's southernmost region, have signed an agreement with the science and technology and innovation ministry to create a tech park in state capital Florianópolis, the ministry said in a release.

The agreement is for the launch of infrastructure work and was signed during a visit by science and technology minister Aloizio Mercadante to the area where the park will be built, called Sapiens Parque.

The first part of the project - consisting of paving, water and waste and telecoms structure deployments - is budgeted at 6mn reais (US$3.4mn).

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According to the ministry, the park will mostly focus on scientific and technology projects, but work will also be carried out on the social and environmental fronts.

During the minister's visit, state authorities also outlined a program called Inova@SC, which aims to turn Santa Catarina into a national reference in terms of innovation with eco-sustainability policies.

The tech initiatives developed under the program will include preserving the environment and use of sustainable and renewable resources, the release said.