Greater Chalon is the biggest conurbation in Saône-et-Loire, spanning 51 municipalities and 118,000 inhabitants. It holds a prime location in a strategic spot at the heart of a first-class road, river and railway network, including high-speed rail connections. Greater Chalon is throwing its weight behind the economic development of the area, with a laser-like focus on the "Industry of the Future", proving that it more than deserved the "Lands of Industry" and "Turnkey industrial sites" labels awarded to it. A hotbed of projects famous for the quality of life of its inhabitants, Greater Chalon has an aspirational vision for the economy, green transition, early childhood and higher education, not to mention sport, culture and tourism. Chalon-sur-Saône, the beating heart of the conurbation, home to almost 47,000, provides services to its population: support for businesses, sports and cultural venues and events, schools, daycare, community life… Straddling the Saône, Chalon stands out as a major river tourism destination. A stone's throw away from the vineyards of the Côte Chalonnaise, it cherishes the wine-making and gastronomic tradition of Burgundy. Known as a "City of Art and History" since 1994, the birthplace of Nicéphore Niépce, the inventor of photography, remains steeped in tradition.