Le Lieu dit, third-place in the Verdon

France Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Short presentation

Resource-center for initiatives and businesses in the Verdon, the Lieu-dit offers a coworking space and services to businesses and project leaders, young and old, and runs a community of mutual aid and exchange in the region of the Verdon.


The 3 main axes of this project are:

1- The creation of a place dedicated to entrepreneurship to promote the creation of links;

2- The establishment of a range of services to participate in the economic development of the area, promote professional integration and support any initiative that creates value for the area,

3- The animation of a community of users, public and private partners, supporters etc. The objective is to involve all stakeholders in the co-construction of the third place

Contexte (territory issues, targeted audience)

In 2014, the Verdon Regional Natural Park lead a study on the opportunity of creating shared workplaces in its territory. This study identified 3 municipalities interested in the project, including the municipality of Riez.
Subsequently, the PNR du Verdon and the company incubator DIAPASON - COSENS imagined and co-constructed a hybrid project on the territory, integrating this notion of coworking but also other bricks: shared shop, training, etc. . to go to a third-place project.
This collaboration enabled DIAPASON - COSENS to obtain support from Durance Luberon Verdon Agglomeration (DLVA), the Fondation de France and the SUD Region and Europe within the framework of the Leader Program (FEADER).
This project was thus able to see the light of day in early 2019 to develop in conjunction with the territory, and in particular the town hall of Riez, until the hiring of a facilitator in October 2019 and the gradual deployment of all services.
This project is an experiment of a new model of third place in rural areas.

Actions implemented

} Coworking / teleworking space, for the self-employed, employees working in other cities, job seekers, tourists, etc.

} Services for business creators, and in particular the "business incubator" service including legal and accounting accommodation, individual support and workshops.

} Professional training

} Partners' offices: Initiative Alpes de Haute-Provence, CitésLab, Medinscop, etc.

} Conferences and exhibitions

} Shop shared during the tourist season.
Global cost (in Euros) :  €

Human resources and partners

Parc du Verdon, support from Europe and the SOUTH region, support from the DLVA, the Mairie de Riez and the Fondation de France.

Other information

Project's start year : 2014

Points of vigilance, difficulties to pass through, success factors

It is the mix of services and audiences that will make this place a viable project in the long term. Certain services have already been identified and will be tested as soon as possible in this third place. Others will be experienced later.


DIAPASON (Non profit organization )
2 place Saint Antoine
04500 Riez

Supported by LEADER

Supported by Regional natural parc of Verdon (https://www.parcduverdon.fr/)