Regional development issues
With its natural environment, scenery, housing and traditional activities, the Pays Graylois has a recognised historical and geographical identity.
The region and its future development may be understood through a few current issues :
- Some major roads border the Pays Graylois, such as the A36 and A39 motorways to the West and South. However, the area does not contain any trunk roads or railway lines for passenger transport.
- The proximity of large towns, Besançon and Dijon, is highly attractive to inhabitants. Vesoul and Langres have a lesser influence.
- Gray and its conurbation have become less influentialover a long period and no longer spread their influence over their historic region. This can be seen more in the quality and variety of commercial, private and public services than in the industrial fabric, which has managed to keep to its former level and has often modernised.
The main features of the Pays Graylois :
- A different demographic situation in each sector : the South-east is developing its population, while the central and northern areas have remained stable.
- The need for housing, particularly in the Southern part of the region, and for services to the population, to provide quality of life and equal access to all inhabitants of the Region.
- An employment structure in which there is a high level of industrial activity, particularly within the Gray conurbation and rural centres: Champlitte, Dampierre-sur-Salon, Bucey lès Gy, Gy, Charcenne, Marnay and Pesmes.
- Quality agriculture throughout the region, which still accounts for 10% of jobs, and which has moved into intensive arable farming ; the size of the farms shows how much the agricultural sector has changed.
- A good level of shops and small businesses, despite a shortage of services (excluding shops), especially in the North-east of the region.
- Strong tourist potential, offering a number of assets : natural, architectural and cultural heritage, river tourism, water sports activities, etc.
The other challenge on the horizon is to benefit from the Pays Graylois' situation between two regional capitals, in order to give a boost to outside influences and reinforce its structure.
Source : Pays Graylois sustainable development charter
Cabinet IAD - Feb 2003
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