Summing up 2009

Summing up 2009 mentions by name the most important and interesting events for Katowice which took place during the last year.

January
– The International Airport in Katowice has presented its new logo and name – the “Katowice Airport”. more>>>
– The Polish Centrum Development & Investments co-partnership sold its “Pedant” department store at 3 Maja Street to the dutch-based company Redevco Polska for EUR 4 million. more>>>
– The US-Polish Trade Council (USTC) from Californian Silicon Valley and Katowice “Euro Centrum” Group signed a contract for a future cooperation. The contract creates a chance for close, bilateral cooperation between scientists and businessmen of Upper Silesia and Silicon Valley. more>>>

February
– The “Gazeta Wyborcza” newspaper reveals that Robert Konieczny, the owner of KWK Promes and one of the best young Polish architects is designing an apartment building localized in the City Center of Katowice. Working name: “Multivilla”. more>>>
– The syndicate of Silesian University and University of Economics in Katowice has received a grant from the Silesian Voivodship Office for the realization of the Scientific Information Center and Academic Library and signed a contract with the “Invest-Complex Sp. z o.o.” company from Gliwice as the chief of engineer. more>>>

March
– PKP (Polish State Railways) and Neinver Polska came to terms with development of the new Railway Station. more>>>
– The City of Katowice presented its offer of 12 development projects during the MIPIM real estate trade fair in Munich. more>>>
– Reinhold Polska started the construction works of its 8 635 sq. m Reinhold Center office scheme on Korfantego Av. more>>>

April
– The History of Katowice Museum in Nikiszowiec district was granted by PLN 3 mln from EU funds and PLN 1 mln of the Katowice’s budget. more>>>
– Katowice announced that the City would pretending to the European Capital of Culture in 2016 title. more>>>
– Between April 15th – 17th Katowice hosted the European Economic Congress (EEC) devoted to issues concerning the economic future of the European Union. more>>>
– An opening of the innovative energy-saving building took place in the Euro-Centrum Industrial Park at Ligota district. more>>>
– An agreement for cooperation in the name of a call for the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KCIs) within the framework of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) was signed during EEC2009. more>>>
– Hotel System, the Polish hotel chain has opened on Szybowcowa St. a hotel complex with 204 rooms and 8 exclusive apartments. more>>>

May
– The City Hall of Katowice announced a qualification procedure for a package plan of the City Center land development. more>>>
– The syndicate of Mostostal Warszawa (Poland) and Acciona Infraestructuras (Spain) were chosen as a prime contractor of the Scientific Information Center and Academic Library. more>>>

June
– Austrian UBM and Warimpex celebrated a topping out of the angelo Hotel. more>>>
– The Industrial Monuments Route of the Silesian Viovodeship including Nikiszowiec and Giszowiec, the two of Katowice districts, was chosen as a part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH). more>>>

July
– The City Hall decided about a refurbishment of the “Dom Prasy” building localised at the market square. more>>>
– Neinver and PKP officially presented a detailed design of the Railway Station redevelopment and development of the Szewczyka Square. more>>>

August
– Arkad-Invest has finished the construction works of its 11 000 sq. m office building named Atrium.
– Thanks to PLN 70 million, the “Spodek” Arena was renovated. A month later, the Hall was the place of the final games of EuroBasket 2009 – the European basketball’s championships. more>>>
– The best known rating agency – Fitch Ratings – estimated Katowice as one of two Polish cities the most friendly for investorsis by giving the City the “A-“ mark. more>>>

September
– The Polish-Spanish consortium of Redan, Apia XXI, Apia XXIAK., Biprokom – Kraków SA and Ec-One signed a contract with the City Hall and will have the opportunity to design public spaces of the future City Center. more>>>
– The City Hall submitted the Theater of Opera and Ballet as the possible future investment in the cultural district near “Spodek”. more>>>
– The Tomasz Konior’s architectural studio presented the design of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. more>>>
– Thanks to the PLN 19,3 million grant from the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment, a renovation and extension of the Silesian Philharmonic will be possible by the end of 2011. more>>>
– Polish Railway Lines (PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe) has signed a contract for technical and project documentation of a railway line connecting Katowice and Katowice’s Airport in Pyrzowice. more>>>

October
– A common venture of Central Mining Institute from Katowice and Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal (Zabrze) in the name of creating the Clean Coal Technologies Center (CCTW) came to life. more>>>
– The City of Katowice participated in Expo Real 2009, the 12th International Commercial Property Exposition in Munich. more>>>
– The Silesian Museum obtained a building permit for the development of new seat. more>>>
– The City of Katowice and the Economic Section of the Polish Embassy in Washington have sent a delegation of over 20 Silesian business, government, and university representatives to Colorado for a trade mission. more>>>
– The Katowice Airport was chosen as the first and only one Polish airport which will service all cargo flights from Poland to North America. more>>>
– The U.S.-Polish Trade Council (USPTC) based in Silicon Valley, California opened its first Polish regional office in Katowice. more>>>

November
– Ghelamco Polska topped out a construction of Katowice Business Point which will deliver approx. 17 500 sq. m of office space. more>>>
– Hines Polska gave a name – Rondo Towers – to its office project at 1 Roździeńskiego Av. more>>>
– The “Euro-Centrum” Group is preparing for the construction works of totally passive building. more>>>
– PKP and Neinver forecast to launch the construction works of the new Railway Station and shopping center in mid-2010. more>>>

December
– Capgemini Polska announced an opening of the new BPO office in Katowice in the Atrium building. This is the second location of Capgemini in the City. more>>>
– The architectural studio of Robert Konieczny presented its newest residential project named “Multivilla”. more>>>
– The Centrum Development & Investments (CDI) company will develop a new shopping mall in the Center of Katowice. The new “Supersam” will be localised on Piotra Skargi Sq. more>>>
– Several Silesian institutions and companies became a part of “PolandPlus” co-location center (CC PolandPlus) which is one of the three “Knowledge and Innovation Communities” (KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). more>>>
– The verification process of the project of the new Silesian Museum seat was examined successfully by the regional government for Śląskie Voivodeship and the specification is waiting for the European Commission’s rating. more>>>
– The Council of Ministers decided about a support programme for Steria Polska which is going to open a Global Information Technology Outsourcing Center in Katowice. The support amount is PLN 2,4 million. more>>>