Nantes is well known for its prestigious maritime history. As a port, Nantes Atlantique has the advantages of a strong industrial base that has seen divesification. The city can also provide business facilities of a high standard such as the Cité des Congrès and the Parc des Expositions. Nantes promotes cultural events of a national standard, is keen to see sustainable development that takes account of growth, the environment and the quality of life. Not only does she represent the economical capital of the west of France, but Nantes also remains an agreable city to live in thanks to its parks and waterways and the tramway. Nantes was the town where science fiction writer Jules Verne grew up. Writers, film makers, painters and musicians have always been fascinated by this city.