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Team effort wins La Laguna “City of Science” status 

La Laguna has won its bid to be recognised nationally as a “City of Science and Innovation”.

The Mayor, Fernando Clavijo announced the decision of the Ministry of Economy and Finance and thanked everyone who had worked towards this aim.

The title goes to locations which are known to promote and support innovation and encourage businesses and institutions with a strong scientific, technological and innovative qualities.

La Laguna joins a large network and will be able to share experiences and advice, as well as seeking grant aid.

“This was a team effort,” said the Mayor, adding special thanks to Tenerife Cabildo and the University of La Laguna through its rector and board.

La Laguna’s bid falls within the categories for cities with more than 100,000 people, to which Madrid, Bilbao, San Sebastian and Valencia already belong.

Projects must cover the five areas of employment, increased public and private investment in R & D, climate change and energy, education and poverty and social exclusion.

La Laguna is already using the latest technology to provide a better service for residents and visitors. It has a modern safety com-munications system, video surveillance, e-government and a mobile app for information on parking.

Entrepreneurship is also encouraged from an early age with special programmes in schools and has become a magnet for hundreds of starter companies.

The city is also be-coming a recognised centre for research and development.