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First Russian Silicon Valley To Be Built Near Saint Petersburg
16.05.2006 00:00
First Russian Silicon Valley To Be Built Near Saint Petersburg

Outskirts of Saint Petersburg are going to be the site for building first Russian IT-park, according to the State Programme for Technology Parks` Development. Russian minister of information technologies and communication visited the opening ceremony, where he said that information technologies should become the starting point for national economy`s growth by means of extensive use of innovations.
      Geography of technology parks is expected to be wide science and research parks will appear in regions of Moscow, Novosibirsk, Nizhniy Novgorod, Kaluga and Tumen and in the Republic of Tatarstan between 2006 and 2012.
      Saint Petersburg`s Silicon Valley will have three functional areas. First one will shelter sites for science and production office centres, research institutes and assembly departments. The second area is designed for infrastructure and town-planning objects hotels, sport centres, relaxing centre with a swimming pool and leisure centres. And the last but not the least area will become a university town with dormitories and training and laboratory facilities.
      Engineers plan to build 500 thousand sq. m of residential and factory buildings for hosting experts of world famous telecommunication companies, students, software manufacturers and attending personnel. 300 companies, including student projects in high-technology fields, are expected to rent offices in the park.
      Russian offshore programming companies and eventual buyers of IT-developments from famous international companies agreed to make investments into the project. Siemens company shares its innovative experience and technologies, while Alcatel actively contributes to education programmes.
      Source: Science & Life


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