We decided that we will start our ministry in Poland by moving to Łódź.
Here some of the reasons why we think Łódź is a very good choice for the location for our ministry:
Large Population - Łódź is the 2nd biggest city in Poland. It’s population is nearly 1 million people.
Great Location - Łódź is located in the center of Poland. It is easly accessible by train, car, or bus from any other location in Poland. Two planned motorways, A1 spanning from the north to the south of Poland, and A2 going from the east to the west will intersect northeast of the city. When these motorways are completed around 2012, the advantages due to the city's central location should increase even further.
Work has also began on upgrading the railway connection with Warsaw, which reduces the 2 hours travel time to make the 137 km (85 mi) journey to 1.5 hour in 2010. In the next few years much of the track will be modified to handle trains moving at 160 km/h (99 mph), cutting the travel time to about 75 minutes. The ease of connection with Warsaw provides convenience to the international airport.
Education - Currently Łódź hosts three major state-owned universities and a number of smaller schools of higher education. These institutes with the most students in Łódź include:
* University of Łódź (Uniwersytet Łódzki)
* Technical University of Łódź (Politechnika Łódzka)
* Medical University of Łódź (Uniwersytet Medyczny w Łodzi)
* National Film School in Łódź (Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna w Łodzi) * Academy of Music in Łódź (Akademia Muzyczna im. Grażyna i Kiejstuta Bacewiczów w Łodzi)
* Academy of Fine Arts and Design (Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Wł. Strzemińskiego w Łodzi)
Growing Economy - Łódź is one of the most affordable cities in Poland (although still expensive) at this time. Its growing economy will cause the cost of living to rise in the future as the city becomes more desirable to live in. However at this time the city is still affordable.
Recent years have seen many foreign companies opening offices in Łódź. Indian IT behemoth Infosys has one of its centres in Łódź. In January 2009 Dell announced that it will shift production from its plant in Limerick, Ireland to its plant in Łódź, largely because the labour costs in Poland are a fraction of those in Ireland. The city's investor friendly policies have attracted 980 foreign investors by January 2009. Foreign investment was one of the factors which decreased the unemployment rate in Łódź to 6.5 percent in December 2008, from 20 percent four years before.
Available Support System - Ewa was born in Łódź. Even though she left Poland in 1975, she kept in touch with many of her friends. She also has several cousins in Łódź and her mother lives there as well. Many of the relatives and friends represent great resource for us since they are business owners, real estate agents, school teachers, etc. They are all very knowledgable about the law, government agencies, and have established contacts and are ready to help us with whatever we need.