Every second year, Financial Times announces the winners of the European Cities of the Future Award in different categories. In the category of European cities with the population of 200,000-250,000 Debrecen became the winner in 2018/2019.In the past, only Wester European cities got this award (Cork, Eindhoven, Antwerpen).
Debrecen on the rise
fdiintelligence.com characterizes our city as followings:
“Debrecen, Hungary’s second largest city after Budapest, has ranked first of all small cities for FDI Strategy. The city’s economic development agency, EDC Debrecen, is proactive in creating a welcoming and successful environment for investors. The agency has coordinated the development of grade-A office space in the city (‘Forest Offices Debrecen’), which offers investors 22,000 square metres of offices. A 584-hectare industrial park (Debrecen South Industrial Park) has also been initiated and established.
EDC Debrecen has worked to implement a local incentives programme, which comes in addition to national VIP grants and allows the municipality to provide cash incentives to investors, as well as initiating the establishment of the city’s first International School of Debrecen, offering an educational programme in English to international baccalaureate standard, which may be attractive to international investors. Investors can access a comprehensive property database from EDC Debrecen, and benefit from site visits and business meetings organised by the agency with key actors in the investment process.”