According to a recent World Bank servay “Doing Business in Russia”, in which the quality of business environment in regional capitals rated on four indicators: start-up, property registration, getting a construction permit and international trade, Tver took the second place and was named a territory more suitable for doing business than Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-Na-Donu, Voronezh, Kazan, Petrozavodsk, Tomsk, Irkutsk and some other cities.
Investors are provided with one stop shop and complex support in Tver region. Investors are supported in reduction of approval and permits terms at all stages of the project implementation. A set of measures of financial support for investors has been work out and is constantly being developed in Tver region.
One of the strategic directions of Tver region development is creation of industrial parks. Industrial parks are favorable for investor because they are provided with all infrastructure needed for project implementation and this reduces terms of legal documents preparation. On April 28th, 2010, the regional law №41-ZO “On measures of government support in creation and development of industrial parks” was adopted by the regional Parliament. And on November 2010 two subordinate acts were passed. The procedure of granting status of industrial park to a site and preferencial system for investors of industrial park are fixed in this law.Today there are 5 industrial sites (“Torzhok-Semenovskoe”, “Esinka”, “Kimry”, “Redkino”, logistics complex “Logopark”) and 3 industrial parks (“Borovlevo”, “Raslovo”, “Two Towers”) in Tver region. Brownfields and a set of industrial sites are also available in different municipal districts.
High results of investment policy in Tver region are obvious. There is an increase of production and investment growth rates, an improvement of Tver region positive investment image in recent years.
The number of foreign and Russian companies, inspired by successful business of investors in Tver region, is growing: “Shell”, “Hitachi”, “Ozon”, “OTTO group”, “Ahlstrom”, “Paulig”, “SKF”, “MLT” and others.
1. Geographical location
Tver region is situated in Central Russia between two largest megapolises Moscow and St. Petersburg. The regional capital – Tver city – is 167 km away from Moscow and 485 km away from St. Petersburg, 700 km away from the border with the European Union.
Tver region is included into the Federal District of Russia and borders on 6 regions of Russian Federation: Moscow, Smolensk, Pskov, Novgorod, Vologda and Yaroslavl. Tver region is the largest in the Central Federal District of Russia. It occupies an area of 84.2 ths sq km.
2. Climate and natural resources
The climate of Tver region is moderately continental, i.e. displaying some features transitional from the continental climate to a damper one of the north-western areas.
Natural resources: lignite (112.0 mln tones), sand-gravels (479.7 mln cu m), mortar sand (140.0 mln cu m), building stone (41.1 mln cu m), fusible clay (72.3 mln cu m), carbonic rocks (36.6 mln cu m), peat (661.8 mln tons), sapropel (699.4 mln tons). Peat deposits (fuel-pellet production); carbonic rocks and clays (cement production); sand (glassworks) are of high industrial importance.
The total number of rivers exceeds 800 which run 17 ths km in total. The Volga river rises in Tver region and has numerous tributaries including Selizharovka, T’ma, Tvertsa, Medveditsa, Kashinka, Mologa, Vazuza, Tmaka, Shosha, Nerl and the Western Dvina (Daugava).
The region is referred to as a lake district: the surface area of more than 1,700 natural reservoirs exceeds 10 ths m, and Seliger, Sterzh, Vselug, Peno, Volgo, Sig, Kaftino and Velikoye are classified as large lakes. There is also a number of river reservoirs such as Ivankovo, Rybinsk, Uglich in the Volga River; in Vazuza River; Vyshnevolotskoe in Tsna River.
About 54 per cent of the regional territory is covered with forests amounting 5,115.8 ths hectares. The region is divided into two forestry areas: the south taiga and the mixed coniferous-broad-leaved forest. The most widespread trees are spruce, pine, birch; such fine wood as oak, maple, ash-tree, elm, larch, cedar, etc.
Population of Tver region amounts to 1353.5 ths people (according to census of population files in 2010).
4. Regional capital
Tver is a regional capital with population of 403.7 ths people (according to census of population files in 2010).
5. Transport infrastructure
Roads. Main highways “Moscow – St. Petersburg” and “Moscow – Riga”. The regional and municipal road network amounts to more than 23,000 km. The towns ranked as historical places, recreation and tourism areas of national importance, monuments of history, architecture, archaeology and nature reserves are provided with road access.
Railways. Railways of international importance: Moscow-St. Petersburg and Moscow-Riga. Large railway junctions are located in Tver, Rzhev, Torzhok, Bologoye and Sonkovo. 32 of 36 district centers are connected by railway.
River port. Two river ports (Tver, Kimry) able to accept cargo boats and passenger crafts, and a number of floating fuel stations are located in Tver region.
Airdromes. Joint civil and military airdrome “Migalovo” is located in Tver region. Regional air transport includes two air companies – JSC “AC ConversAvia” and “Vertikal-T”, having a fleet of helicopters MI-2, MI-8, MI-26T.
6. Engineering infrastructure
Energy supply. There are electric power stations of federal importance in Tver region: Kalininskaya atomic power station with capacity of 4,000 MW and Konakovskaya hydro electric power station with capacity of 2,400 MW.
Water supply. Region is supplied with water mostly by underground water sources – 91 percent. Water intake facility capacity is 1204.8 cu m per day. The water supply network is 5415.9 km long. The capacity of water supply network is 982.6 cu m per day. Volume of water consumption per man is 196.3 l per day.
Gas supply. Gas amounting to 4 billion cu m is supplied through main gas-pipes Ukhta-Torzhok-Minsk-Ivanshevichi; Belusovo-Serpukhov-Torzhok-St. Petersburg; Torzhok-Valdaj. 18 of 36 municipal districts are supplied with natural gas. There are 4 regional liquid gas-filling stations located in Tver, Bezhetsk, Nelidovo, Ostashkov and producing 30 ths tons of liquid gas a year.
7. Highly skilled labour.
In Tver region management stuff and highly qualified specialist study at:
37 higher educational institutions;
63 technical schools and colleges;
139 institutions of additional education.
Education cluster is represented by specialists in the fields of chemical, food industry, engineering, construction, energy, information technology, agriculture, tourism, medicine and other industries.
Labour – market
Tver region – more than 600 ths people.
Tver city – more than 200 ths people.
For more information please download following materials:
Investment Department of Ministry of Economic Development of Tver Region
Director – Petr S. Petrov
170000, the Russian Federation, Tver, Vokzalnaya St., 24
tel.: +7 (4822) 50-94-39, fax: +7 (4822) 50-98-50
Head of a Department for Regional Development of the Tver Region
+7 (4822) 50-98-99,
Tver Region web sites: