Poznan - the capital of the Wielkopolska voivodeship and one of the oldest and biggest cities in Poland. Poznan occupies an area of 262 km2 and has a population of 567,000 inhabitants. Most of these are at the working age (67%). The city is a strong academic and scientific centre which holds a leading position in Poland. There are several universities in the city, educating more than 140,000 students. The largest university in Poznan is Adam Mickiewicz University, where prospective students can choose from over 150 majors. The educational activity of the city's higher-education institutions is complemented by nearly 50 research and development facilities employing 5,000 people. IT sciences, biotechnology and genetics are particularly well developed. One of the largest computer centres in Poland - the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre - is also located in Poznan.
Almost 90,000 economic entities operate in Poznan and the number of entities with foreign capital is one of the highest in Poland. The unemployment rate in Poznan has been the lowest for years. Poznan is also one of the major centres of foreign investment in Poland. From 1990-2008, the cumulative value of direct foreign investment implemented in the city amounted to 6.3 billion USD. The main directions of investment include privatization of Poznan's companies, petrol services, trade and office properties. Almost 80% of foreign capital comes from Germany, Great Britain, USA, France, Japan and Sweden and the biggest investors are Volkswagen, GlaxoSmithKline, Bridgestone, Wrigley, SABMiller, Dalkia Group, Beiersdorf, Exide, Kronospan Holding as well as the Kimball Electronics Group and Franklin Templeton. Poznan is also host to the IT, design, and financial-and-accounting centres of well-known companies like Microsoft, Carlsberg, MAN, Duni, Bertelsmann, GlaxoSmithKline, Kimball Electronics and Roche. Among Poznan's investment advantages are:
* An attractive location, halfway between Berlin and Warsaw,
* Good communication infrastructure: A2 motorway connection with urban road network and international airport,
* Absorptive local market: The Poznan agglomeration includes over 850,000 inhabitants,
* Very good infrastructure for business-related services,
* A high quality labour market, favourable investment and socio-political climates,
* Particular concern for environmental protection.
Investor recruitment strategy for the City of Poznan was designed by DSC Consulting, which has established two goals:
* Obtainment of new and support for current investors in branches generating a high positive value,
*Generation of demand for educated and well-paid employees in a knowledge-based economy.
The priority investment sectors for Poznan are:
* Technologically-advanced production,
* Business Process Outsourcing (BPO),
* Research and Development,
* Conference and exhibition activities,
* Recreation and entertainment infrastructure.
Poznan has introduced a clear system for investor incentives
* A regulation passed by the Commune Council exempting investors from property tax in the amount of de minimis aid - 200,000 Euros for 3 years,
* Creating more sub-zones of Special Economic Zones by demand,
* Project Manager - persons designated to provide assistance for key investors during the investment procedure.
Project Manager granting criteria:
* An investor will invest the minimum amount of 5 million Euros or,
* An investor will create minimum 50 work places or,
An investor of special significance to the City - a decision by the Mayor of the City of Poznan.
Investor Relations Department
Pl. Kolegiacki 17
61 - 841 Poznań
tel: +48 61 878 54 28
fax: +48 61 878 55 00