Keywords: technopoles, networks, innovation, modernisation, regional development, knowledge-based economy, Brazil
Networking for regional innovation and economic growth: the Brazilian Petropolis technopole
In the 1990s, attempts at knowledge-based economic development were seen in many municipalities and regions in Brazil, as new mechanisms for industrial resurgence. From these initiatives arose a set of policies to be implemented in a city, metropolitan area or region, for the support and promotion of scientific and technological activities and support for setting up technology-based firms by universities and research centres, which can be interpreted as a 'technopole' program. This paper is concerned with the analysis of a technopole program established in Petropolis, a city located in the state of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil; its genesis, development and networking activities and its impact on regional innovation and economic growth.