29. 3. 2008

2nd OpenCoffee hosted the Brno expats

Armenia, Cabo Verde, Canada, France, Germany, India, Iran, Ireland, Mexico, Tunisia, UK and USA are the countries of origin for expats who attended the second Brnopolis Open Coffee meeting on Wednesday. Eighteen expats discussed together with Marie Zezulkova and Jakub Rybar of the City Council, Eva Kupsova of CzechInvest and Petr Chladek of the South Moravia development agency. All the key people involved in the city or regional strategy paying a special attention to foreigners relocated to Brno.

No badges, no PowerPoint slides, just crispy croissants and strudels with hot coffee or tea. We were sitting around the table in the Onyx Cafe and its interior was recharging our energy by the orange color tones. Representatives of international corporations, of a family carpet business, of a national cultural agency or Ph.D. students, they all had valuable experience, both good as bad, to share.

A strong and active expat community is one of the key factors supporting the creative potential and attractivity of any competitive city. We started in a small group of hubs - expats living and working here mostly for a longer time and knowing well what newcomers (personally or their businesses) miss in Brno and what can be done about it. They are also the ones who are able to formulate the main motivation to stay or move to Brno. I'll pick up some of the comments in my next post.

This time it was just a starter - the very first meeting and brainstorming around the most visible issues and opportunities. From now we have a chance to bring more inputs in the blog comments and structure them for our next meeting where more expats will be invited. Would you like to attend? Add a comment below.

My thanks go to Ratnesh Mathur, Don Sparling and Arturo Quintero who helped me to bring together the pretty mixed group. Compared to the previous OpenCoffee we had a bit more women but there is still a room for balancing the numbers :-)

We are already planning the April OpenCoffee dedicated to the Brno Museum Night phenomenon (to be held on May 24), stay tuned.

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Practical handbook for foreign investors and expatriates called "Survival Kit to South Moravia" is available at
http://survival.rrajm.cz/ both in English and German. To get a hard copy you can contact the Regional Development Agency South Moravia: www.rrajm.cz
The brochure is the sixth edition of what we launched as the regular, annual publication which presents our own expertise and the expertise of our business parners in Brno and Southern Moravia gathered throughout the years of helping foregign investors and business people in their first steps in doing business in our region. New up-dated version for the year 2008 will be ready by September.