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We are Unfolding our Wings
January 4, 2018   
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Bernard Radny, mayor of Babimost talks to Anna Nowaczyk about the town and region’s strengths.

How do you entice investors to come to Babimost?

Babimost is attractive, both as a town and community. We are constantly growing. Major communication routes, such as the A2 motorway linking Warsaw and Berlin as well as the S3 express road which runs from Pomorze all the way to the Czech border are right on our doorstep. Additionally, continual development of decent infrastructure means a reduction of travel time to major destinations. Babimost has its own ring road, and thus HGVs do not have to drive across the town and disturb the residents who are left to enjoy cleaner air. Apart from that, the town is located right next to major railway facilities. This is very convenient for fast and efficient passenger and cargo transport.

And the icing on the cake is that we have the only international airport in the Lubuskie province. The airport services local flights but it is also able to accommodate airplanes from all over the world. The landing costs are significantly lower than at other Polish airports.

We also have a wide range of fully developed (in terms of utility infrastructure) investment plots ready for all types of undertakings. We have land suitable for industrial, commercial and retail as well as tourist and residential developments. Our human resources are also something we can be proud of. The vicinity of the University of Zielona Góra means there is a plethora of fully qualified specialists in various disciplines in our area. These include engineering and humanities as well as arts and medical graduates. The potential is vast. The fact that our town, despite its modest size, is not experiencing a population drain is noteworthy. Even though the number of births is less than the number of deaths, the population remains constant. New residents are constantly appearing who appreciate the quality of this region.

Therefore, we are developing residential housing. Developers are churning out modern apartments, which even include parking places right outside of the building which is still a rarity in smaller towns.

Who has already arrived in Babimost and what kind of investors are you still looking for?

Many large and small businesses operate within the commune. The largest company is a furniture-making plant owned by the Swedish IKEA Industry corporation. The furniture manufactured by our local specialists is sold all over the world. It is also here that TFP's corrugated cardboard and packagings are produced. Products sold under this company's logo are sold to other European countries and are considered to be the benchmark when it comes to visual and functional quality. I should also mention that modern upholstered ISTE furniture, which easily satisfies the expectations of even the most discerning customers, primarily exported to Germany is also produced in Babimost. Ricosta is also a major company, manufacturing shoe uppers. All these plants provide jobs to a large number of workers from our community but also from the neighbouring towns. However, we still have spare human resources which can be tapped into. What kind of investors are we on the lookout for? We are primarily keen on those who will use the local potential to the fullest, and that includes the airport. All types of industries, which might rely on aviation to transport their wares will find suitable conditions here. The airport features a Cargo Building, large enough to facilitate handling an arriving as well as a departing plane at the same time. On top of that, planes can land at any time of day and night. The local investment sites offer opportunities for constructing large scale logistics hubs with on-site warehouses. There is a shortage of facilities of this kind across the entire western belt. The infrastructure in Babimost creates the right conditions for such ventures.

Border proximity, good communication routes and transport possibilities make Babimost an ideal location for a trade hub. Establishing an agricultural and commodity exchange would certainly be enticing to many partners from all over Europe. The electronics industry will also find conditions conducive for growth here due to the presence of young engineering graduates of the University of Zielona Góra's technical faculties. Additionally, all investments associated with the aviation industry could, literally and figuratively speaking, unfold their wings here.

In the immediate region, an investor may count on a fast response within the scope of land, utility connections, finding the staff necessary for the business to grow. We will also be happy to provide professional help with legal and formal procedures.

Babimost is surrounded by lakes and forests. Is it also looking at tourism and leisure as part of its growth?

Babimost region boasts an extensive network of continually expanding cycle paths. We have the most cycling routes per resident in the entire province. Cycling holidays are of particular importance for us. From our town, cycling paths lead to the surrounding villages, neighbouring areas and places of interest, including to Lake Liny. Part of Lake Wojnowskie lies within our commune and provides ample water sports and fishing opportunities. The Babimost region is famous for its forests brimming with wild mushrooms and game, which is also an attraction for foreign tourists. Holidaymakers are the driving force being agro-tourism's fast growth. Guest houses are open year-round.

We are also the venue for Polish Ballroom Dancing Contests. World floorball championships for juniors (up to 19 years of age) were held here twice as well as the sport acrobatics Polish Championships and Polish Cup. We also had the pleasure to host participants of the Polish Youth Indoor Sports Olympiad. Concerts are staged here, and in particular as part of the "Rock City". Babimost is looking to grow in every field.

Bernard Radny, 63, married, two sons.
Higher education.
Babimost Mayor for 26 years.

Region's Economic Activity Areas:
Economic Activity Area No. 1 – Babimost-Wolsztyn road region
Economic Activity Area No. 2 – Babimost-Kargowa road region
Economic Activity Area No. 3 – near Sulechowska and Spółdzielcza (roads) and the road towards the airport.
Economic Activity Area No. 4 – Babimost-Zielona Góra and Babimost-Âwiebodzin road region

Area: 268.76 ha, including 44.13 ha of land already invested in: 7.28 – services, 36.85 ha

production, service and commercial type investments

A2 Berlin - Warsaw motorway junction – 17 km.
S 3 express road junction – 20 km
Zielona/Babimost international airport – 4 km
Odra river port in Cigacice – 24 km
Poznań – 98 km
Berlin – 200 km
Zielona Góra – 38 km
Wrocław – 180 km
Warsaw – 400 km
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