2010 in brief

A list of the most important facts and interesting events which have taken place in Katowice during the last year 2010.

– The Medical University of Silesia in Katowice was granted PLN 33,5 million within the framework of the European Union’s Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment (OPI&E) and the state budget. The project involves a refurbishment of an old University’s laundry to the Didactics and Medical Simulation Center. More >>>
– The Silesian Philharmonic signed a PLN 24,22 million agreement with the consortium of Mostostal Warszawa SA and Acciona Infraestructuras SA. The companies were chosen as the prime contractor for a redevelopment of the Philharmonic. >>>
– The City Hall of Katowice presented three concept designs of the City Center’s planned redevelopment in the area of Market Square. >>>

– OFF Festival, the most important alternative festival in Poland, was moved from Mysłowice to Katowice strengthening the City’s candidature for the European Capital of Culture in 2016. >>>
– The Central Mining Institute (Główny Instytut Górnictwa, GIG) were preparing to launch a pilot research of gasifying coal underground in one of its mines within the HUGE Programme (Hydrogen Oriented Underground Coal Gasification for Europe). >>>

– The real estate developers Warimpex and UBM and hotel management firm Vienna International have opened their sixth angelo design hotel after Prague, Bucharest, Munich, Pilsen and Ekaterinburg: the angelo Hotel at 24 Sokolska St. in Katowice. >>>
– PricewaterhouseCoopers became the first tenant in Ghelamco’s Katowice Business Point. A regional office of PwC took 2 200 sq. m in the 17 000 sq. m. building. >>>
– Citizens of Katowice decided in a public survey about a future design of the City Center, the Roundabout – Market Square area. >>>
– The “City 2010. Energy Efficiency in Cities” conference took place in Katowice. >>>
– Asseco Poland SA has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Economy for refinancing the PLN 121 million IT Competence Center which will be located in Katowice and two other Polish cities: Kraków and Warsaw. >>>

– PricewaterhouseCoopers announced an opening of the first audit Shared Service Center in Poland. Until 2012 the company plans to hire 250 people in Katowice. >>>
– The Central Mining Institute (GIG) from Katowice and the Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal (IChPW) from Zabrze started construction works on the Clean Coal Technologies Center (CCTW). >>>
– PKP PLK launched a refurbishment of the Railway Station’s tunnel under the platform number 4. >>>
– IBM, in cooperation with the City Hall of Katowice, starts an IBM Executive Service Corps (ESC) project. The aim of this strategic initiative is to create a Smart City. Katowice is the first city of Poland which takes part in the ESC. >>>

– The Euro-Centrum Science and Technology Park presented a project of passive building which will be developed in the area of the Park. >>>
– The Katowice City Hall and the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland organized the “It is worth to invest in Katowice” conference presenting the investment potential of the City. >>>
– The Second European Economic Congress, the largest business event in the Central and Eastern Europe began in Katowice. >>>

– The CK Modus Sp. z o.o. company, the subsidiary of Energomontaż-Południe SA, delivered the first stage of the “Książęce” housing estate. >>>
– The Medical University of Silesia inaugurated a launch of construction works on the Didactics and Medical Simulation Center. >>>
– Scientists from the Central Mining Institute (GIG) in Katowice finished successfully a pilot test of underground coal gasification. >>>

– IBM Team 2 starts a second stage of Executive Service Corps in Katowice. >>>
– Katowice Business Point obtained an occupancy permit. >>>

– The four-star hotel, Best Western Premier Katowice, was opened at 1A Bytkowska St. >>>

– Representatives of the Colorado state from the United States visited Katowice and the Agglomeration within a trade mission. >>>
– Mostostal Warszawa SA and Acciona Infraestructuras SA started a redevelopment of the Silesian Philharmonic. >>>
– Erbud SA started construction works on new Silesia City Center. >>>

– The Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice (CCI, “Regionalna Izba Gospodarcza w Katowicach”) appointed the Consulting Council to develop a cooperation between academia and business and to integrate both parties. >>>
– The City of Katowice participated in the 13th International Trade Fair for Commercial Property and Investment Expo Real 2010. >>>
– Katowice was shortlisted for the second stage of European Capital of Culture 2016’s competition. >>>
– Representatives from Katowice and Upper Silesia visited New York to promote the City and the region. >>>
– FedEx launches cargo connection with Katowice Airport. >>>

– Atal SA finished the last stage of its housing estate, Ligota Park. >>>
– Multikino, a multiplex cinema chain, leased 3 600 sq. meters of space as the biggest tenant of Galeria Katowicka. >>>

– Neinver chose Strabad as a prime contractor for its project at Szewczyka Sq. >>>
– Meyer Bergman, the European real estate investment management firm, entered into a joint venture with Neinver to develop the scheme at Katowice Railway Station. >>>
– Silesian Museum decided tender procedure choosing Budimex S.A. and Ferrovial Agroman S.A. as a prime contractor for its new seat. >>>
– The Railway Station’s main hall had closed and deconstruction works started. >>>