The three Baltic Sea pearls, Gdańsk, Gdynia, and Sopot, are bustling and vibrant cities. Although they make up one urban agglomeration, each of them has its own aspirations and development roadmaps. Gdańsk and Gdynia as the largest of them compete in attracting investment. Sopot is rightly perceived as a leisure and entertainment centre; nevertheless, it is also an ambitious municipality that strives to become an important business centre for Tri-City.
Sopot authorities, together with the Free Entrepreneurship Association, have recently announced a project of the establishment of the Centre of Knowledge and Innovation. They are also behind a very successfully concept of Enterprise Centre, including a mikroincubator. And this is not all. The Development Study adopted in 2010 envisages the city growth along two main axes: prestige (focused on investment boosting the visitor potential) and business and administration (focused on entrepreneurship). Sopot is also among the best-managed Polish cities: some 85% of its area has a zoning plan in place, while the remainder of the municipal area should have it ready soon. This is valued by entrepreneurs: the city with 37 thousand of the population has approximately 7 registered businesses, and many of the business people from neighbouring Gdańsk and Gdynia live in Sopot permanently.
Are the activities enough to create favourable conditions for business? What can Gdańsk and Gdynia offer to business people? What are the differences in both cities’ action plans? Where should business owners look for logistics and financial support? Locations for new undertakings (Gdańsk? Gdynia? Sopot?)? How can they co-create an investment policy? How can they influence the image of the cities? And finally: What can they expect from the local government in the foreseeable future?
Such and many other important questions were asked to the representatives of the municipal authorities, business organizations and business practitioners and theorists during the seminar, Tri-City for Entrepreneurial People.
Next to the city authorities and urban professionals, the speakers were the representatives of local business societies and organizations, especially speaking on behalf of SMEs, institutions, companies, and science.