Expansion at Aston Science Park is strengthening Birmingham's role as a key 'Science City' in Europe, according to Coun Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council.
Paying his first visit to the Science Park since being appointed as the new chairman of Birmingham Technology Limited (BTL) - the science park's managing company - Coun Whitby said: "Technology and the knowledge-based economy is the way forward as we stride towards further diversification.
"And Aston Science Park, with its internationally-renowned reputation, is most definitely in the vanguard of such change."
Coun Whitby, who made a tour of the facility together with other members of the BTL board of directors, said visiting Aston Science Park at such a time was particularly relevant in view of his recent trip to Lyon - Birmingham's twin- city - where he had been keynote speaker at the annual dinner of the Lyon Economic Society and a guest at a major lighting exhibition.
"Birmingham and Lyon are ambitious, internationally-minded cities and both are in the middle of major regeneration programmes to develop the jobs of the future," he added.
"I look forward to exchanging ideas with Lyon's business community and being able to work more closely together in the future.
"In fact, I believe there are synergies between Lyon and the science park which could be explored."