Le contenu


An agency for supporting economic development and making the region more attractive

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Regional Economic Agency (AER BFC) stems from the union of the two economic agencies for Bourgogne (Burgundy), formerly ARDIE, and for Franche-Comté, formerly ARD Franche-Comté. Our agency is a Société Publique Locale which operates as en SAS (simplified join-stock company). The shareholders are public bodies.

AER Bourgogne-Franche-Comté has two primary targets  :

  • Businesses (all sectors and all sizes)
  • Local government areas of the region, i. e. its eight administrative departments

Its four strategic objectives are :

  • To help maintain and develop economic activity and employment in the region,
  • To support the economic development policy and its implementation across geographical areas depending on needs,
  • To promote and accompany innovation and eco-innovation,
  • To make the region economically more attractive.

Agency on 2 sites, Besançon and Dijon plus local centres (Côte d’Or, Doubs, Jura, Nièvre, Haute-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, Yonne, Territoire de Belfort).

Team’s agency

Aide à la décision

Based on the SRDEII, AER BFC has been assigned the following missions :

  • To promote the new regional identity and foster incoming economic activities
  • To act as the region’s intermediary in driving the regional ecosystem in terms of economic development and innovation
  • To contribute and enhance the development of sectors whether already structured or emerging
  • To provide monitoring for strategic businesses
  • To supply a geographical economic engineering service to meet EPCI needs
  • To set up a developers centre in conjunction with actors already in the areas

These missions are implemented in relation with the network of 150 actors of economic development and innovation : chambers of commerce, local agencies, city councils, central government, etc.

Partners agency

Arnaud Marthey, Chair
Regional councillor for new rural issues
Mayor of Baume-les-Dames

Governance of AER

Martine Abrahamse-Pleux, Chief Executive

Governance of AER