Work on the construction of an IT business centre worth 64 million kuna has begun in IT Park in the eastern Croatian city of Osijek.
Osijek Mayor Ivan Radić, together with Prefect Ivan Anušić and representatives of Osijek Software City, visited the construction site last week of the new IT business centre – the central building of the Osijek IT Park.
The centre will cover more than 4,000 square meters and will be an incubator for the development of startups and smaller IT companies.
“That the City of Osijek invests in its IT community, with which it has excellent relations, is evidenced by the IT park worth HRK 72 million, of which as much as HRK 30 million are non-reimbursable EU funds,” Mayor Radić said.
The mayor explained that the IT park includes 10 parcels of land equipped with utilities and infrastructure, and on one of them, the construction of this centre worth HRK 64 million has begun.
The building will, among other things, contain a conference hall available to companies within the park, about thirty office spaces and a common co-working space. It will provide the possibility for companies that are not yet strong enough to build their own larger facility to rent space there.
Mayor Radić pointed out that the City of Osijek also offers benefits for investors in this business zone, such as reducing the price of land, and added that by gathering IT companies in one place, a synergistic effect will be created.
“The happy fact is that about 200 people will work in the area of the IT business centre, and in total about 600 IT employees in the area of IT Park. Of the nine offered, seven plots have been contracted so far. We will continue to cooperate with the IT sector, which is one of the fastest growing, and Osijek is a leader there,” said Mayor Radić.
The mayor of Osijek-Baranja County congratulated the project and said that the City of Osijek must be a leader in the development of eastern Croatia, especially Osijek-Baranja County.
“I am glad that it is playing this role in full force, and that it is using EU funds with full dynamism,” said Prefect Anušić.
The president of Osijek Software City, Mihael Tomić, and Denis Sušac, the director of the company Mono which was the first tenant at IT Park, expressed their satisfaction with the work started on the construction of the IT business centre.
“We believe that this central building will strengthen the whole story of Osijek as the IT centre of our region. Osijek has more plots to build on, and when the whole story comes to an end, I believe we will need more space. Osijek has a strong IT scene and deserves an infrastructure that can keep up with it,” said Tomić.
“We are extremely glad to get our first neighbours. We have been here since December of last year and entering IT Park made our business much easier. We believe that this facility will mean a lot to smaller companies in terms of infrastructure, synergy and cooperation with other companies,” concluded Sušac.