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Investing in Gliwice
September 3, 2008   
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Gliwice has a population just shy of 200,000 and is located in the center of Poland's southern Silesian region. The city is well endowed with scientific, cultural and heavy industrial facilities. Gliwice is undergoing a profound transformation and is starting to assume a whole new regional and national significance by dent of its full-steam-ahead development. Gliwice now stands out as a city of new technology open for business and worth investing in. Let's take a look at the most decisive factors in making Gliwice an attractive investment destination.

Location and Transport Infrastructure
Gliwice is located at the junction of the trans-European A4 and A1 freeways under construction. The partially completed Drogowa Trasa Średnicowa (Inner Relief Road) connects the downtown areas of Dąbrowa Górnicza, Sosnowiec, Gliwice, and Katowice.

Gliwice is connected to the Oder River via the Gliwice Canal, which facilitates water transport. Gliwice is 44 km from Katowice International Airport in Pyrzowice and 70 km from Ostrava International Airport, just over the border in the Czech Republic.

People Potential
The Silesian University of Technology is one of Poland's largest technical universities and has been training specialists for decades.

Gliwice School of Entrepreneurship graduates have the perfect qualifications for positions that require an economics and humanities background.

The string of R&D companies and other bodies, including three Polish Academy of Science institutes, located in and around Gliwice offer ample opportunities for employers who need staff with a scientific and research background.

Grounds for Investment
One of Gliwice's main draws for investors is the local subzone of the Katowice Special Economic Zone. This is a 301-hectare area comprising 36 firms that have created more than 11,000 new jobs. There is another 80-odd hectares awaiting investors. The land is well serviced in terms of transport and full public utilities.

Coming Soon
The Nowe Gliwice Center of Education and Business on Bojkowska Street is scheduled to open this fall.

The Podium sports and entertainment arena will be one of the most modern of its kind when work on it, due to start next year, is completed in 2012.

An Olympic-size swimming pool at Gliwice's Kąpielisko Leśne is being built this year and next.

The GKS Piast Gliwice soccer stadium will be completely upgraded in works that will last until 2010.

The City of Gliwice is seeking an investor for:
The Hotel Leśny hotel-and-restaurant development
LocationThe property is located at 137 Toszecka St., Gliwice, 5 km from Gliwice's retail and administrative center and the city's train and bus stations. The Hotel Leśny lies west of the exit road that heads northwest from the city to the suburb of Łabędy and on to the western city of Poznań. The site adjoins a forest-setting sports complex that includes the Kąpielisko Leśne swimming pool complex, which will have a roofed Olympic-size pool added in 2009, right next to the Hotel Leśny.
Area: 4.81 ha
Lots 5 and 6 - "Kopernik" area
PremisesThe hotel-and-restaurant complex is 14,442 cubic meters in volume, with a floor space of 1,114 square meters. There are 41 rooms that can accommodate 67 people, a restaurant, a cafe, and a conference room. The grounds have 8,250 sq m of paved access roads, sidewalks and parking spaces.
ZoningThe site is in a zone intended for tourism, sports and recreation.
ServicesWater, gas, sewage, electricity and telephone connections, fire hydrants, and central heating.
Legal Owner: City of Gliwice
Sale:To be sold by tender March 23, 2009.
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