Bartın İnvestment Support Ofice
The Western Black Sea Development Agency provides consultancy service particularly by means of the Investment Support Offices in order to expand its current market and increase competitive power. 
Our Investment Support Office in Zonguldak, where it is responsible for, carries out
 
• information support and consultancy services in every stage of the investment,
• coordinates and follows the required permission and license procedures.
 
All the services provided by the Investment Support Offices are free of charge.
 
Bartın
 
Transport
Bartın is located in the Western Black Sea part of the Black Sea Region. It is surrounded by a 59 km-long coastal band to the north, Kastamonu and Karabük to the east, Karabük to the south and Zonguldak to the west. It has an area of 2.143 km² and its altitude is between 0-25 m.
The distance of Bartın provincial centre from Istanbul and Ankara is 358 km. and 293 km, respectively. 
Bartın port, serving as an international port in Bartın, which is a coastal city, is the gate for the passenger departures and arrivals at the same time.
The nearest airport to Bartın is Saltukova airport, 38 km away, and the nearest railway station is Saltukova (Zonguldak), 38 km away.

Social Structure
Bartın became the 74th province of Turkey in 1991. The population of Bartın is 188.449 as of 31.12.2009 (considering the ADNKS (Address-based Population Registration System) of the Turkish Statistic Institution). 49,24% (92.808 people) of the population include men, 50,75% (95.641 people) include women.
 
In our province there are 4 districts including the central district, 9 municipalities and 262 villages. 33,55% (63.234) of the population live in the urban areas and 66,45% (125.215) live in the rural areas. The population density is 88 people per km².

Education
It is doubtless that the investment in education is one of the most important factors that determine the competitive power of a country and the thing desired to be achieved in the long-run is to have a high skilled and highly flexible work force. Therefore, education plays a determining role and provides the elements supporting technical and economical development projects.
 
Rate of literacy in Bartın is (6-65 over) 89,67%.
 
Bartın attaches importance to education. The occupational training rate in the EU countries is 65% while this rate is 55% in Bartın. Its having a developed workshop on wood materials processing and furniture, the researchable and applicable educational facilities offered by Küre Mountains National Park and the use of technological systems in education-teaching and the support of industrial and commercial institutions for occupational and general education increase the work force capacity for Bartın.
 
The student-to-teacher ratio is 26 students for each teacher. This number is 43 in Şanlıurfa, 48 in Ağrı, 57 in Şırnak, 17 in Bartın, Burdur and Sinop. Our province, with high success rate in the Student Selection Examination (OSS), has enough competency in terms of physical infrastructure and course materials.
 
Geographical location of Bartın, its being close to Ankara and Istanbul, its being in a touristic city with a rich historical, social and cultural past in Western Black sea provides opportunities for higher education as well. Along with the establishment of Bartın University on 22 May 2008, the importance paid to science and research in the region and the allocated financial resources have increased. The university comprises 3 faculties (Faculty of Forestry, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Engineering), 3 schools (School of Physical Education and Sports, Vocational High School, and Vocational School Health Services) and 2 institutes (Institute of Social Sciences and Institute of Natural and Applied Sciences).
 
Health
In our province, the total number of hospital beds is 495 and it is in the 31st place in the number of the beds per one hundred thousand people (262). 

Economy
Since the employment is dense in the hard coal institutions of Amasra and Zonguldak, this has caused the industrialization in other industrial sectors to remain in the background for a long time. The industrialization process launched by Bartın Cement factory and the public sector with the Forest Management has continued with the investments of the private sector after Bartın became a province. After the privatization of the cement factory in 1995 and the two factories within the body of the Forest Management in 1996 and in 1997, Bartın’s industry completely turned into private sector investments except for the Turkish Hard Coal Institution. The private sector investments are small and medium scale enterprises in terms of employment and capacity, and employ only half of the work force in the industry. The rest of the work force still works for the Turkish Hard Coal Institution.  
 
In the province, the potential for savings, proximity to the market, communication, and energy infrastructure are adequate for industrialization but it is partly adequate regarding geographical structure, transport, qualified work force, and capital; therefore, attracting private entrepreneurs to the field of industry has not been achieved in the expected level.
 
The important sectors in the province include land industry, wood industry, metal industry, food industry, paper industry and textile industry. 

Organized Industrial Zones (OSB)
• Centre I Organized Industrial Zone:
The OSB, founded on an area of 50 hectares, was completed in 1999. In the zone, there are 30 industrial parcels and all were allocated. 
•Special Administration Private Industrial Zone:
The central district was founded on an area of 12 hectares around Terkehatipler village and its net industrial area is nearly 11 hectares. The industrial zone consists of 7 parcels.

 
 

Logistics 
Bartın, Arıt and Kozcağız Streamlets enabled Bartın to have natural beauties, transport facilities up to 15 km inside from the sea and fertile farming lands.
 
Bartın Port was open to foreign-registered vessels, became a border gate for passenger entry-exist and became a 1st class port of entry. On the dock, 2 six thousand-ton vessels can carry out loading and unloading, and within the pier, 6 vessels can shelter. 
In the province, along with Bartın port, Amasra and Kurucaşile ports provide service as national commercial ports. These ports can be used both in sea transport and in yachting. 

Agriculture and Livestock
Grain production as the primary source and forage plant, culture mushroom, vegetable, fruit, tuber crop and leguminous plant, aromatic and medical plant productions, respectively, are available depending on its climate and soil structure available for organic agriculture and greenhouse vegetable growing.
 
The irrigation potential of rich water resources for agricultural areas, the ability to rehabilitate the current agricultural organizations and existence of knowledge and work force that will provide opportunity for the development of agricultural industry are observed as potentials in terms of vegetative production, mainly greenhousing and nut production. 
 
It is possible to add the by-products of the forests (daphne, pine nut etc) to the economy by utilizing them.
 
For the regressive sector of Turkey, which is the livestock sector, the suitability of ecology, beekeeping and egg poultry facilities, the ability to form artificial pasturelands in the areas suitable for farming but not used for farming, the existence of meat and milk processing facilities and its proximity to environmental and general markets make the region valuable in terms of livestock.
 
Tourism
Today Bartın is an attraction in the region with its 3000 year long historical heritage, archeological, ethnographical and folkloric values, National Parks with extraordinary beauties granted by the generous nature, beaches, plateaus, caves, waterfalls, rivers, mountains and hunting areas. Additionally, it has various undiscovered historical and natural secrets. 
 
In short, Bartın is one of the rare cities that offers all kinds of tourism altogether.
 
Archeological richness of Amasra with its waterfront houses forming the traditional dwelling texture and potential in terms of eco-tourism and cultural tourism.
 
• In the Ancient Phaflagonia region; ancient settlements in Bartın, Amasra, Kurucaşile, Çakraz, important ancient remains, historical and cultural heritages [During the scheduled archeological excavations in Amasra, the potential to discover a texture like the one discovered during the works in the Filyos region and to become an important tourist attraction.]
• Bartın-Kastamonu Küre Mountains National Park
• Eco-tourism potential of Uluyayla as Plateau Tourism
• Çağlayan valley in Ulus District and 3 waterfalls in the valley
• Rich forests and diversity of the ecosystem
 
make the region unique in terms of tourism.
 
 
 
Benefiting From Incentives and Support
 
Priority Development Regions
That Bartın Province is within the scope of “Priority Development Region” creates an opportunity for both private and public sector to benefit from the public support policies. 
 
The incentive system provides an opportunity for incentive application regarding the issues such as
 
• Customs duty exemption,
• Land allocation,
• Value Added Tax exemption,
• Interest support,
• Social security premium support for employers,
• Energy support
 
for the first-degree priority regions for development. 
 
 
The ADNKS (Address-Based Population Registration System) data provided by the Turkish Statistical Institute as of 31.12.2009 were taken into consideration.
 
New Incentive System
In accordance with the new investment incentive system entered into force upon publication in the Official Gazette dated 16 July 2009 and numbered 27290, Bartın is placed in Region III. 
 
Supports such as
 
1. Customs duty exemption,
2. VAT exemption,
3. Tax reduction,
4. Social security premium support for employers, 

5. Land allocation of investment locations,
6. Interest support,
can be provided for the investments to be made in Region III.