Reasons to invest in the South Bohemian Region
1. Qualified and flexible human resources
The Region of South Bohemia is a relatively compact area having some advantages over the other regions both within the Czech Republic and within the rest of Europe. Owing to the rather rigorous natural and social conditions at work since the historical times where under the local population was gradually built, a great deal of the regional inhabitants were inured to switching jobs and changing their work skills as currently needed, also several times in a lifetime, a practice not at all common in the neighboring regions of Europe. Education and occupational skills were considered a matter of great importance from the times of Maria Theresa, especially in the Czech Lands, which constituted the industrial hub of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. This trend has survived until today, and the investors will appreciate the vast pool of professionally proficient and morally worthy workers fit for any job in both productive agriculture and processing industry. If any special workforce requirements emerge, the local Employment Agency and the South Bohemian Regional Authority stand by ready to help; their staff may lend a qualified helping hand and make it easy for the new entrants to find their way in the local labor market.
2. Great potential in science & research
The Region of South Bohemia is a home to a number of educational, scientific and research institutions. Standing high among them is the University of South Bohemia based in České Budějovice and positioned as a public institution of higher education of the university type, consisting of seven faculties (namely the faculties of agriculture, philosophy, theology, economics, science, health & social studies, and the pedagogical faculty) and two institutes (Institute of Physical Biology in Nové Hrady and Research Institute of Fish Culture and Hydrobiology in Vodňany). The Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.i. derived from the Academy institutes engaged in scientific research of general and applied entomology, hydrobiology & limnology, parasitology, molecular & cellular biology, genetics, physiology and biology of plant pathogens, soil zoology, soil microbiology, soil chemistry, soil micromorphology & ecology, and the use of lessons learned in environment protection; in agriculture; aquaculture; forestry and medicine. The region harbors also branch offices of the Microbiology Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences; Institute of Botany of the ASCR based in Třeboň; Institute of Systems Biology and Ecology of the ASCR having facilities in České Budějovice, Nové Hrady (Academic & University Center in Nové Hrady together with the Institute of Physical Biology of the South Bohemian University) and Třeboň; Research Institute of Fish Culture and Hydrobiology of the USB in Vodňany; Management Faculty of the Pragues University of Economics in Jindřichův Hradec. Moreover, the Region of South Bohemia sees also some educational and scientific & research facilities newly established and focused on technical disciplines. Examples possibly quoted comprise the cooperation between the Center of Professional Training (COP) Sezimovo Ústí and the Czech Technical University in Prague (ČVUT); cooperation between the Higher Vocational School (VOŠ) and Automobile & Technical Secondary School on one side with the University of West Bohemia (ZČU) in Pilsen on the other; and the foundation of the University of Technology & Economics in České Budějovice.
3. Low occurrence of industrial actions; easy collective bargaining
People living in the region have always taken reasonable attitudes to businesses in difficulties and showed understanding for the local market conditions, facts that can also be ascribed to the high level of education and good moral standards. Virtually all disputes between employers and employees (or their trade unions) can, therefore, be resolved through standard collective bargaining, without any recourse to extreme devices like industrial actions. In view of precisely the pragmatism encountered in how the locals can appreciate the economic position of their employers doing business in the region, it can be said that even investors from abroad will find the negotiations handled in a matter-of-fact spirit.
4. Support from local institutions
Venture capitalists coming to this region can expect full support from both the regional government and the individual communities and municipalities - these will always be willing to meet reasonable requirements. Such support starts with helping newcomers seeking business opportunities to find the best placement for their investments in consideration of accessibility for transportation; sufficient human resources; management background; adequate infrastructure; the possibilities of future development, and more...
The Region of South Bohemia, just like the rest of the country, boasts one of the densest railroad networks in Europe; combined with a system of 1st and 2nd Class roads, the network provides for quality and swift transportation over the entire region. The region has an international airport licensed to attend to public transportation and several airfields for local operation. Numerous border crossings are available to travel to Austria and Germany.
6. Power industry
At present, thanks to the Lipno Dam and the Temelín Nuclear Power Plant, South Bohemia feeds power to the adjacent regions. Therefore, any need of energy can be easily met, and even large loads can be power-supplied after just minimal adjustments to the existing distribution grid.
7. Water-management infrastructure
The entire region is covered by a mesh of public water mains supplying drinking water of good quality. Since the drinking water available is abundant, it is used for also industrial purposes, thus improving the quality of production while pushing the costs down, but, if required, sufficient supplies of service water are also ready at hand. All towns and some larger villages have their own Waste Water Purification Plants and well-developed sewerage systems; as the different systems are interconnected, the waste water volume can be distributed among several Plants, and the local Plants can thus be protected from overloading. If needed, the waste water systems will allow for additional connecting lines, as the individual businesses may require.
All municipalities in the region are interconnected with a system of fixed telephone lines and the whole region, except for a part of the Šumava National Park, is covered by signals of all mobile phone operators running their networks in the Czech Republic. All towns can access high-capacity data lines, while the optical and wireless data transfer systems are being intensively built and upgraded.