|M.Sc Student||Rubin Adela|
|Subject||Intel in Kriat Gat - Window of Opportunity or Mirage?|
Revealing the Potential via an Opinion
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Professor Daniel Gat|
The introduction of the "Intel" high tech plant to the peripheral city Kiriat Gat was regarded as a turning point for the city and region. The current research asks: Is the presence of the plant a "window of opportunity" due to its demand for suppliers and skilled workers? If so, how can the city exploit this opportunity? Is the city improving its education system? Would Kiriat Gat improve its chances by using the land resources in the region? Is regional cooperation useful, and does it happen? Would improving accessibility to the city help its development?
Survey Research Findings. Though it is too early to assess Intel's long run influence, the survey finds that the presence of Intel has sparked a chain of educational projects. Regional cooperation has facilitated the extension of the old industrial district on land outside the city's boundary, thus enabling Intel's establishment and the wave of smaller plants that followed. On examining the location considerations of people and employees in Kiriat Gat, most respondents envision a private residence in their future; local policy makers and planners should consider how to respond to this nearly universal desire, Many commuters reach work by carpools or privet vehicle. Thus, improving accessibility of the city should make commuting easier and may increase the radius of the regional labor-pool. When asked to asses the success of Intel so far, a majority of respondents said it had done as well as expected or even better. Nearly no-one expects Intel in Kiriat Gat to bee a fleeting episode, and many believe it will succeed and become a factor in the economic growth of the city and region.