Częstochowa, a city attractively situated along Poland's main transportation routes, is world-renowned for its Jasna Góra Monastery and Sanctuary which are visited by millions of pilgrims every year.
From the investors' point of view, Częstochowa has a variety of other advantages to offer. It has an attractive and absorptive market of 250,000 consumers. The local labour force is well educated and qualified which supports industrial development based on advanced technology.
The city has on offer investment land plots with convenient transportation access and media supply. Low level of environmental pollution, ample green areas, quality water supplied by the municipal system make Częstochowa a healthy place to live. It is a friendly city with a vast offer of cultural events, good schools, numerous sports and recreational facilities.
In 1998, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe awarded Częstochowa the Europe Prize - Prix de l`Europe for the local authorities' efforts to promote European integration and international co-operation.
In 2004 and 2005, Częstochowa received the "Fair Play Commune - Certified Investment Location" title and certificate.
In 2004, Fitch Ratings, the international ratings agency, evaluated the city's financial reliability, strategic planning, prospects for economic and business growth and assigned a long-term international rating to Częstochowa at BBB level - in respect of foreign currency debt and domestic currency debt with stable, long-term rating prospects. The evaluation was repeated in 2005: the long-term rating was maintained at BBB - level and the evaluation of the city's growth prospects improved from stable to positive.
In 2004, Częstochowa City Office acquired the ISO 9001:2001 Quality Management System Certificate. The implementation of ISO 9001-2001 procedures in the area of public services provision and management as well as the e-Office project will improve the quality of services provided to the local residents and investors.