Friday, February 05, 2010

Fighting for his town

image When executives from Microsoft visited the hospital in Torrevieja, the mayor, Pedro Ángel Hernández Mateo did not waste the opportunity to try and persuade them that his town would be the best location for their worldwide centre for innovation and development of medical software systems.

The Microsoft executives, who stayed in a hotel 15kms from Torrevieja, were visiting the hospital to see the pioneering work that goes on there using Microsoft software. As Hernandez Mateo explained to them, only 12,000 of the 100,000 citizens in his town were born there, the rest are mainly Germans and Brits. He also pointed out that Torrevieja was close to both El Altet and San Javier airports and that the hospital was only 500metres away from the motorway AP-7. Finally he added that 15% of the new hospital is not being used at the moment  and would be available to Microsoft. If that is not suitable then there is spare land available within the hospital grounds.

Microsoft have pointed out that the decision about where their new centre will be located rests with the Valencian Autonomous Government and Francisco Camps. Even still you have to admire the mayor of Torrevieja for trying his best to promote his town. He fought of 17 years to get the hospital, he isn’t going to give up now in his quest to develop the town’s excellence in medical software further.

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