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Characteristics of The City

Białystok, with a population of almost 300 thousand inhabitants, is the largest city in north-eastern Poland and the capital of the Podlaskie Voivodship. The city functions as the administrative, economic, scientific and cultural centre of the Podlasie Region.

 

Białystok is the largest academic and scientific hub in the region. With its 18 institutions of tertiary education the city offers education opportunities for about 43 thousand students. Medical University of Białystok is the oldest institution, Białystok Technical University is the biggest technical training institution, while University of Białystok is the largest economic educational institution in this part of the country. Achievements of Białystok schools are source of satisfaction for the city.


BIAŁYSTOK IS A NEW SPACE FOR TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE AND TALENT


The Białystok Science and Technology Park (BSTP) is an opportunity for the development of academic entrepreneurship and cooperation between science and business. The project is in the implementation phase, but specific ideas for research and development projects are already being in progress, taking into consideration the requirements of entrepreneurs, with the participation of the academic staff and using the laboratory equipment belonging to the Park. The BSTP development strategy includes specific industries, i.e. information technology and medicine, which can particularly count on its support. The innovativeness of our city is measured by the success of Białystok companies, which demonstrate increased activeness in cooperation with higher education institutions.


SUPPORTING ENTREPRENEURS, SEEKING STRATEGIC INVESTORS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CREATING JOBS IN THE CITY IS ONE OF THE STRATEGIC GOALS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT UNDERTAKEN BY THE CITY


The city acts for the benefit of its residents and entrepreneurs through consistent construction, modernisation, and preparation of the technical infrastructure and transport accessibility improvement of the investment areas. The programme of the Białystok Subzone of the Suwałki Special Economic Zone encompasses investment areas equipped with technical infrastructure and new transport system. Along with investing in the SSEZ or in the BSTP, investors will be offered attractive tax relief and exemptions. Currently the city is preparing for sale in public tender procedure a large plot of 32 ha in the vicinity of the Zone and the BSTP.


Białystok has maintained a stable leading position in terms of the number of realised projects supported by EU funds. This activity is most evident in the development of the road infrastructure, both local and transit. The Rail Baltica railway route is planned to go through the city, which is an element of a Trans-European transport corridor connecting Warsaw, Kaunas, Riga, Tallinn and Helsinki, and the Via Carpathia route, in Podlasie partially overlapping with the S-19 and S-8 roads, joining Southern European countries with Scandinavia.


The extensive infrastructure and variety of tourist attractions make Białystok a place attractive for everyday life, leisure and development, which is confirmed by the results of rankings and competitions such as The Report “PricewaterhouseCoopers 2011 on large cities in Poland”, the ranking prepared by Rzeczpospolita daily in the category “European Local Government”, the investment ranking of local-government entities for the years 2009-2011 in the category “Voivodeship Cities” and the “Teraz Polska” certificate in the national competition.
 

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