The canton has 27,500 inhabitants and covers 25,000 ha. Le Pays des Herbiers is in the west of France, the country's 4th largest industrial region. Located at the intersection of two motorways, the canton has undergone extraordinary economic development without sacrificing quality of life.
Since 2005, the Community of Communes has made sustainable development the focus of its public policies, adopting its local Agenda 21 in 2009, a founding action plan comprising 37 concrete projects to be completed in 10 years.
Hailed for its global vision and quality action, the Community of Communes has been awarded several prizes: Ribbons for sustainable development, national Agenda 21 recognition, Prize for urban art.
Le Pays des Herbiers, which is located in north-west Europe, enjoys a leading economic position, acquired through the perpetual agility, daring and innovation of its key players. The territory thus numbers 700 companies, 13,000 jobs and an exceptionally low rate of unemployment (4.9 % in the 4th quarter of 2010, i.e. the 3rd lowest rate in France).
A few examples of thriving businesses in the Le Pays des Herbiers economy: