Located in the Zona da Mata Mineira, Juiz de Fora is one of the first industrial centers of Minas Gerais, where the first paved road in the country and the first major hydroelectric plant in South America was built.
The municipality's main economic sectors and the services industry, highlighting the manufacturing of food and beverages, textiles, clothing, furniture, metallurgy, vehicle assembly and other. According to the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), Juiz de Fora is among the 100 Brazilian cities with the best conditions for investment.With about 570,000 inhabitants, it is a reference in health and education - are more than ten higher education institutions, including the Federal University of Juiz de Fora.
Juiz de Fora has an efficient urban transport system and is also one of the safest cities in Brazil, features that act as support its vocation for business tourism. Industrial hub, cultural and service pole has an excellent GDP per capita, high life expectancy and is considered one of the best cities to work.