Apart from huge and powerful industry in the Upper Silesia, there are also attractive investment areas in Zagłębie Dąbrowskie, a region whose development is not hindered by unsuccessful actions, and whose local governments declare full support for subsequent investments. This is a message of the economic conference ‘Investments and innovativeness as a chance for the development of regions. Challenges and forecasts for Zagłębie Dąbrowskie’ that was held on 11 April 2013 in Dąbrowa Górnicza.

Zagłębie Dąbrowskie is a powerfully developing part of Silesian Agglomeration, where new investment enterprises emerge successively, translating into the development of the whole region, and such cities as Dąbrowa Górnicza, Sosnowiec or Zawiercie still have a lot to offer to potential investors. ‘We want to talk about regionalism because it does exist, but we do want to speak about the potential of Zagłębie Dąbrowskie on a scale of all the country’, emphasised Zbigniew Podraza, the Mayor of Dabrowa Górnicza, inaugurating the conference. ‘Local governments and businesses must cooperate, especially at the time of crisis, and together search for a recipe for the improvement of the economic situation. What ideas for innovative economy do the municipalities and businesses have? How does the crisis influence the investment decisions? How should the support funds be used effectively?’. These are the questions that the participants of the conference tried to answer.

Besides tax exemptions, a favourable location of Zagłębie on the map of Poland is the next important logistic asset. The Zagłębie part of Katowice Special Economic Zone and the access to qualified workforce and a big market also play key roles for the entrepreneurs. ‘Our Zone has close relations with each municipality of Zagłębie. Development potential and the investment areas connected with it is a domain of Dąbrowa Górnicza, which stands out within the region in this regard. We have strong motivation to start even stronger cooperation with other cities’, emphasized Piotr Wojaczek, President of KSSE.

– Financial crises, turbulences connected with the rating and the crisis in the EU have an effect on the current economic situation in Poland. It is a good time for relieving the anxiety and for investments, not necessarily the ones with low financing. In anticipation of hard data, which will be the first harbingers of a profitable several-year period for Polish economy, numerous administrative facilitations must be made to enable these tendencies to be effective. Further cooperation of business with local governments is inevitable’, said Marek Zuber, an economist and financial markets

Dabrowa Górnicza has been prepared for that cooperation for a long time. Ewa Fudali-Bondel, the Head of the City’s Development and Investors’ Support Office in the Dąbrowa Górnicza City Hall, took up the effort to make the presentation of the potential and investment offers. ‘We have a really diverse investment offer. Starting from the land allotted to building housing estates, sports and leisure facilities and service and commercial facilities to production and industry areas. We do not leave the investors alone. Our City’s Development and Investors’ Support Office is responsible for an extensive contact with investors, also during the post-investment time.

In its strategy of development until 2020, Dąbrowa Górnicza relies on competitiveness and innovations of the economy, putting emphasis on three specializations within the sectors of power industry, medicine and information and communication technologies. The city relies on modern network of wideband Internet, builds a modern oncological centre, builds its own competitive advantage based on natural resources of the city (Pogoria lakes), relying on the development of sports, touristic and leisure services.

All the investments require funds. Stefania Koczar-Sikora, the Deputy of the Director of regional Development Department of the Marshall Office of Silesia Voivodeship, described how to gain funds effectively and explained why it is worth doing. The financial means obtained within this period of time will serve for further activation of the development, preparing the lands for the business activities (PLN 130M, the support from the EU – 95M), as well as the transfer of new and innovative technologies.

‘Preparing investment areas is a priority, but that’s not the end. It is also important to prepare proper conditions for working there. Some problems and difficulties evoke lack of confidence in the central actions, in the legislative and administrative sphere, unexpected changes in the planned directions of actions and lack of dialogue’, mentioned Kazimierz Górski, the Mayor of Sosnowiec. ‘We need to remember that for a big investor, our region is only a stronghold for further expansion to next European and world markets. We create an image of the whole region of Middle and Eastern Europe’, stressed Anna Raplewicz, Education, Counselling and European Funds Director in the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice.

The analyses of actions and the economic meaning of SSE in the context of the country and each region and the competitiveness towards the zones of neighbouring countries were carried out by Adam Allen, Senior Manager, Tax Advisory Services Ernst & Young, and Piotr Wojaczek, President of the Board of KSSE. ‘The number of 26 issued permits (17 reinvestments and 9 new ones) amounts to PLN 1.5 bn., the sum which was spent to create approx. 1 K jobs, and which is to increase to approx. 2 K, said Piotr Wojaczek. ‘KSSE is unquestionably the biggest one in Poland. However, we need to be
very careful as the competitive attractiveness of Europe is decreasing , mostly due to the fact that the attractiveness of the USA and China is increasing, where much bigger investment capital is spent, e.g. on public support for the private sector. The more is spent on that purpose, the more actually is gained’, added Adam Allen.

The Dąbrowa’s conference showed that besides huge mining and automotive industry of Upper Silesia, there are attractive investment areas in neighbouring Zagłębie Dąbrowskie and they do develop perfectly. This is a region whose development is not hindered by anything and, what is most important, local governments of these municipalities are prepared for further dynamic investments. They send a clear message to business declaring full support for the undertaken subsequent economic actions in this region.

Conference: ‘Investments and innovativeness as a chance for the development of regions. Challenges and forecasts for Zagłębie Dąbrowskie’, Dabrowa Górnicza, 11 April 2013

The host: City of Dąbrowa Górnicza

Patronage over the Conference under: Ministry of Regional Development, the Ministry of Economy, PAIiIZ, Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Factual partner: Ernst & Young, City of Zawiercie, City of Sosnowiec and the Katowice Special Economic Zone, Metropolis of Silesia.

Organisational partner: Bluevine Consulting.


The project is co-financed by the European Union from European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the Regional Operational Programme of the Silesia Voivodeship for the years 2007 – 2013