Rio Verde – Goias
The city of Rio Verde, 220 km distant from Goiania, the capital of the Goias state, gained national attention recently, not only because of the giant grain production and impeccable cattle genetics produced there, but the news also came with an offer of employment greater than the number of people willing to roll up their sleeves. After that news, people were moving in everyday from other parts, attracted by the job offers.
Even today the economy of Rio Verde grows above the national average. Over the past five years, the council has generated 25,000 jobs. But there are only places for skilled labor at the field, in industry or services.
In the 70s, the creation of the Cooperative of Producers of Southwest Goiás (ME), today among the largest in the country, shook the local economy. In the 80 and 90, waves of “gauchos”(people from the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul) and Sao Paulo people came eyeing the richness of soy. In the 2000s, with the installation of the largest industrial plant Perdigão, once again the city gained new profile. With a daily slaughter of more than 350,000 chickens and 3,500 pigs and their transformation into industrial products, the company has opened about 250 new businesses around it.
With money flowing, because the killing(for production) will not stop, new business opportunities grow in trade in services and even for micro-enterprises, with the implementation of the Industrial District, which offers, besides the infrastructure, tax incentives for small manufacturers. Today, those who want to invest in Green River(Rio Verde) does not necessarily need to invest in agribusiness. With high cost of living and a good infrastructure, Rio Verde receives well foreign investors. But it is worth remembering that going into the Midwest of Brazil means giving up some pleasures of the big cities, especially cultural ones, have an affinity for the agribusiness and the slower pace of the countryside.
The main access road into the city is the SP-75, which, through links with the Bandeirantes highway, Castelo Branco, Anhangüera and the Sugar Road, reach the main economic centers in the state. The nearest airport is the Viracopos, Campinas, 10 km away. The city is home to some private colleges and one public, the College of Technology of São Paulo (FATEC-ID). The Indaiatuban Foundation for Education and Culture (FIEC), connected to the Town Hall, offers professional courses. In the health area there are 52 sites and 17 financial agencies. Indaiatuba has generated more jobs, a proof that the local economy is heated. In 2007, they opened 5,326 new jobs, according to the Ministry of Labor and Employment, well above the 1,720 the previous year. The presence of large automobile industries, engine for local growth, turns the whole production chain, involving small and medium enterprises. It also highlights the pulp and paper industry.
The opportunities for new industries are in areas related to the auto industry and packaging. For trade in goods and services there is potential, especially in the area of mobile telephony.
Sao Jose – Santa Catarina
BR 101, one of Brazil’s most important highways linking the country from north to south goes through San Jose. And part of town is crossed by the highway BR-282, which gives access to the western state of Santa Catarina. The city is home to the first free Town University of Brazil, the University Center San Jose City, with has several courses, a campus of the University of Vale do Itajai (UNIVALI), which places emphasis on the undergraduate courses in tourism and hospitality , computer engineering and international relations. There are 54 establishments in the area of health and 23 financial agencies throughout the county.
Industry and commerce are the main economic activities of the municipality, especially the sectors of artifacts for the construction and food products. Considered one of the most important industrial centers of Santa Catarina, San Jose now wants to invest in tourism. International Tourist Port of Santa Catarina, which is expected to open by 2014, aims to attract tourists with high income for the city. The port should receive cruise ships and promises to move across a network of bars, restaurants, shopping, events, cinemas, concert halls and other entertainment companies.
Located in the metropolitan region of Florianópolis, just 6 km from the capital, San Jose gets to be confused with Florianópolis at times (you have to go through San Jose to get to Florianopolis). The city has developed due to the overflow of the growth of the capital of Santa Catarina. Being an island and with a land full of sand dunes, lagoons and mangroves, Florianopolis has physical limitations to its development. The little space for human settlement and establishment of enterprises benefited the nearby San Jose who earned a good structure for commerce and services.