<P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify><STRONG><STRONG><A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/lyon-economic-news/culture-et-patrimoine-news-OUVERTURE-DE-LA-MAISON-DES-ETATS-UNIS-A-LYON-CET-AUTOMNE,n,6834,EN.jsp" target=_blank>Lyon&#8217;s America House opened recently</A></STRONG>,</STRONG> its main objective being to encourage economic and commercial relations between Lyon and its region and the world&#8217;s biggest economic power. The United States has the biggest foreign economic presence in the Rhone-Alpes region, which explains why there is an American consulate in <A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/implantation-entreprise/agences-de-developpement-economique,p,5,EN.jsp" target=_blank>Lyon</A>. The consulate has two objectives: &#8220;the first is to <STRONG>encourage American exports to France</STRONG> within the National Export Initiative (NEI) framework, and the second is to <STRONG>facilitate French investments in the United States and American investments in the Rhone-Alpes</STRONG>,&#8221; explains Mark Schapiro, American consul in Lyon.<BR></P> <P align=justify>&nbsp;</P> <H2>AMERICAN COMPANIES&nbsp;<A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/sites-implantation/index,p,17,EN.jsp" target=_blank>LOCATED IN&nbsp;LYON</A></H2> <P align=justify><STRONG></STRONG>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify><STRONG>Currently, Lyon and its region host to close to 800 American companies.</STRONG> They employ over 45,000 people. As for commercial exchanges with the Rhone-Alpes region, the United States was 4th largest for exports and 6th largest for imports during the first six months of 2011. As Mark Schapiro says, <STRONG>Lyon was chosen for its economic vitality:</STRONG> &#8220;The economy is very diversified, creating a strong base for growth. <STRONG>During&nbsp;times of&nbsp;crisis, there are opportunities.</STRONG> Lyon has sectors that are talked about internationally, such as <A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/biotechnologie-france-europe/biopole-lyon,p,6,EN.jsp" target=_blank>biotechnology</A> and <A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/environnement-lyon/developpement-durable-lyon,p,64,EN.jsp" target=_blank>clean technology</A>.&#8221;</P>