The International Network of Michelin Cities (INMC) was initiated in 2014 to strengthen the international exchanges that exist, thanks to the presence of the Michelin factory, between cities located around the world.
Encouraging the exchange between cities of the world
At a time when environmental, social, digital and cultural challenges are emerging all over the world, encouraging the exchange of good practices has become a necessity, especially for cities and metropolises, which are essential places of innovation and invention.
Considering the specific characteristics of its city members and the diversity of the topics covered, the INMC encourages joint reflection and experimentation to build a city that meets the challenges of tomorrow by involving all the driving forces of each city, either institutional, economic, academic, cultural or associative. It is a key driver for initiatives to stimulate change and bring people together.
In an interdependent world, a space dedicated to exchanges and meetings between cities remains a necessity to accelerate the implementation of concrete transition projects.
The organisation of Meetings every two years organised by a host city in partnership with the general secretariat of the association – based in Clermont-Ferrand – allows cities to meet and exchange views on the major issues of sustainable urban development: transport and mobility, air quality, renewable energies, circular economy, higher education and innovation, culture, sport, youth and citizen participation.
After the launch of the INMC at the 1st Meeting in Clermont-Ferrand in 2017 and its consolidation at the 2nd Meeting in Vitoria-Gasteiz in 2019, a collective commitment of the cities around the “Declaration of Querétaro” in favour of climate neutrality and their support to Ukraine by signing “vows of peace and solidarity” have set a new stage for the INMC during the 3rd Meeting in Querétaro in 2022.
The main steps of the INMC
4th INMC Conference in Anderson (SC-USA) from April 16 to 18, 2024.
Official announcement of the 4th INMC Conference in 2024 in Anderson (SC-USA).
The Mayor of Anderson, Mayor Terence Roberts says that roughly 200 people will be present during the 3 days of meetings and will talk about a variety of topics, including transportation of the future, renewable energy, arts and culture. During the announcement event, city leaders from the International Network of Michelin Cities, such as Vitoria-Gasteiz, Braga, Magog, Valladolid, Clermont-Ferrand and Greer were present and got to visit the city and its infrastructure and then meet local stakeholders.
3rd INMC Conference in Querétaro (Mexico) organized in a restricted format due to the epidemic context.
Themes: economic reactivation, new energies, sustainable innovation. Participation of 8 cities – 50 international participants.
Signature of the “Declaration of Querétaro”, joint collaboration in favor of climate neutrality and the “Vows of Peace and Solidarity”, in favor and support of Ukraine.
Resilience of territories virtual conference.
Due to the pandemic, organization of a virtual conference on the resilience of territories with the participation of internationally renowned speakers such as David Miller, former mayor of Toronto and director in international diplomacy of the C40 for climate neutrality and Kotchakorn Voraahkorn, one of the world leaders in the fight against climate change.
Online participation from 22 cities – 52 international participants.
Creation of the “International Network of Michelin Cities” association.
The executive committee is composed of 2 co-presidents (mayor of Clermont-Ferrand and mayor of the host city of the Conference, which changes every two years), 3 vice-presidents in charge of cooperation monitoring and treasury and 7 other member cities.
Clermont-Ferrand provides the general secretariat.
2nd INMC Conference in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) European Green City in 2012 and World Green City in 2019.
Participation of 25 cities – 140 international participants – 4 work themes – 6 labs.
General Assembly of the INMC in Montreal during the World Summit on Sustainable Mobility “Movin’On” organized by Michelin.
Participation of 12 cities.
1st INMC Conference in Clermont-Ferrand (France).
Launch of the INMC: participation of 44 cities – 140 international participants – 9 themes – 35 shared initiatives.
Origin of the project at the initiative of Olivier Bianchi, Mayor of Clermont-Ferrand and President of Clermont Auvergne Métropole.