Search for mutually beneficial partnerships between local authorities and business for urban development
Why Gusev? In 2007, we travelled all the small cities of the Kaliningrad Region. We chose Gusev for two reasons: first, because fairly young and fast learning people live there, and second, Gusev offered us suitable conditions. <…> Then we invested in the social environment. <…> By all means, out of six billion we invested in Gusev, at least one billion was non-production expenses. We invested in the park, in the car free village, nurturing communication and kindergartens — Konstantin Aksenov, Vice President for Strategic Development, GS Group.
The lower wages, the low cost of land and, most importantly at that time, the willingness of local authorities to make changes along with a well-defined strategy of cooperation with an investor. <…> What is the economic effect of cooperation between the Technopolis GS and the city of Gusev? From 2007 to 2018, the revenue of the city budget increased from 380 million to 1.4 billion roubles. <…> The average wage grew from 10 to 30 thousand roubles. Also, the gross municipal product quadrupled over this time; the unemployment rate dropped from 4 to less than 1%. <…> Over the ten years, the population of a small town has not shrunk, but grew by 1%,” — Alexander Kitaev, Head of the Administration of the Gusevsky City District Municipal Structure.
“When it comes to social environment, schools needed by our employees and the city residents, kindergartens, other infrastructure, houses, we have an excellent project. <…> We bring cultural events to Tobolsk, we invest in public spaces as much as we can — Dmitry Konov, Head of the Administration of the Gusevsky City District Municipal Structure.
The comprehensive programme for the development of urban infrastructure is simply called Tobolsk 2020. Tobolsk residents voted for more than 40 sites to be selected for this programme, many of which have already rolled out: ten sports facilities, <…> 18 educational establishments (we are building new schools, a kindergarten specialising in math and physics education — Alexander Moor, Governor of Tyumen Region.