How to utilize the potential of having access to the sea, so that it benefits the city and the port – that was the theme of the debate which involved the representatives of waterfront cities during the Expo Real trade fair in Munich. Every year Gdynia takes part in the largest European trade fair for real estate and investment, participating in the joint exhibition stand called Invest in Pomerania, which showcases the cities of our metropolis.
Annually the Expo Real trade fair hosts 45,000 participants from 70 countries. During the three days of October, 7-9.10, Munich becomes the place where meetings are conducted between the representatives of the world’s largest investment funds, developers of commercial, office, logistics and hotel real estate, as well as companies searching for new locations for their projects.
In this year’s edition, the city was represented by Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, Deputy Mayor of Gdynia for Economy, who took part in a panel devoted to the SmartCity 4.0 idea, depicting the achievements of the City of Gdynia in the realm of creating high standards of living as well as of human capital.
Every year the city gets involved in promoting its coastal areas, drawing the attention of the investors to their unique location. The representatives of European waterfront cities, who have been meeting for several years at the fair, created an informal initiative allowing for an exchange of views and experiences. Together they search for optimal strategies for development of these areas. Deputy Mayor Gruszecka-Spychała made it quite clear that the City would like to retain the public-access character of these areas.
“Gdynia was born out of the sea and will always look out to the sea. Both on an emotional level, as well as purely in terms of investment or in a monetary sense, this is what our existence is based on. Today such beautiful post-industrial spaces, such as can be found, above all on the Dalmor Pier and in the Sea City, in the broader sense of the term, are worth every penny, but we do not want to monetize all of them,” said the Gdynia Deputy Mayor in the course of a conversation. “They should remain open to the public, and thus ensure that Gdynia’s high living standards are maintained, and that every zloty invested yields more returns. The condition, which we have set is that the space should remain open to the public and be accessible to all,” Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała added.