On June 13, 2017, the City Council of Natal unanimously approved the Complementary Law Project, forwarded by the City Hall of Natal, which provides for the granting of tax incentives to IT companies and to Scientific and Technological Institutions (ICTs) members of the Technology Park, located in the capital of Rio Grande do Sul. The special area in which the equipment will be assembled covers an area of 113 hectares, around the UFRN Central Campus. The text will proceed to vote in the second discussion.
According to the president of the House, alderman Raniere Barbosa (PDT), the matter, which has been debated for just over a year, has undergone adjustments in its content, as directed by the Legislative Attorney; Among the changes indicated, it was requested the deliberation and manifestation of the Municipal Council for Urban Planning (Conplam) and the Council of the City of Natal (Concidade). “The elaboration of this proposal counted on the collaboration of the most diverse social actors, both within society and the State. I believe that social participation promotes transparency and visibility of actions, democratizing the decision-making system ”, he declared.
The dean of UFRN, Ângela Paiva, stated that the Technological Park project developed by the Metrópole Digital Institute (IMD) is the fulfillment of another step of the University's mission, which in its Institutional Development Plan (PDI) provides for action in the area innovation and entrepreneurship. “The final draft of the PL reaches the Christmas Chamber with the changes proposed in the public hearings that discussed the issue; it will certainly be a pole of attraction for technology companies to settle in the city, close to the campus. And the great impact of this is the relationship between academia and society in generating high-level jobs ”.