Industrial Parks: Giosi Guella Business Park
In 2000, a group of EoC entrepreneurs together with some friends of the existing Arco-Iris bought a piece of land adjacent to the small town, with the goal of building an EoC business park there. Chiara Lubich gave it the name "Giosi Guella Business Park", after one of her first companions, and construction of the business park began in 2003. On November 6, 2010, Giosi Guella Business Park was finally inaugurated, and this "dream" will became a reality.
There are three businesses operating in Giosi Business Park. ECNAL, a firm that does business consulting on various levels - quality, environment, security and property management - was the first business to be headquartered there in 2008. Instead, two other businesses have started operating there just two months ago: SAGEC 18-20, which offers accounting and work medicine services, and REDCAP, which works in recycling plastic and cardboard.
The moment of inauguration on November 6, 2010 was preceeded by a morning formational gathering for entrepreneurs. Among those present were Luigino Bruni, Leo Andringa and Alberto Ferrucci of the EoC International Commission.
In the afternoon, about 250 people were present, among which some local and national authorities, including the mayor of Alenquer (the village where the small town is located), university professors and a few members of Parliament. The program unfolded in a solemn atmosphere: a greeting from the co-directors of Arco Iris, the introduction by Luigino Bruni, an interview with Luis Felipe Coelho and some of the entrepreneurs that own the first businesses that located to the Giosi Business Park: Ecnal, 18.20 Sagec and RedCap. The well-appreciated presentation by Manuela Silva, an economist who has studied the EoC for years, underlined the vital importance of this reality, highlighting Chiara Lubich's prophetic vision. "When the Economy of Communion is put into practice," she affirmed,"it is destined to be a far-reaching light in the darkness of modern society, like that of a lighthouse in the midst of the ocean."
Finally, a celebration at the inauguration of the Business Park, with the unveiling of the sign that says "Giosi Guella Business Park" by the mayor and a visit of the various locations and businesses in the business park - an hour of simple but very joyful celebration. We left the small town of Arco Iris with the certainty of having participated in an historical moment, for Portugal and the EoC in the world.
The inauguration of a business park is always an awaited day...as well as a new starting point for the Economy of Communion in a nation. Abrigada, where Arco-Iris and the business park are, means "protected" in Portuguese. It's called so because of the mountain of Montejunto that protects it from the winds. On top of that mountain, radio signals are sent to spread news and to connect all the surrounding countries. We would also like that, one day, this business park "protected" at base of Montejunto will quietly spread a new style of life, renewed by the Gospel, that will form new men and women towards a society that has universal fraternity as its goal.
There were many messages addressed to the Giosi Business Park on the day of its inauguration. The whole EoC world would have liked to be present to share the joy of this important step for the EoC in Portugal, and in a certain way, it is really was. The most awaited message was that of Maria Voce, Emmaus, President of the Focolare Movement. She concluded saying, "Special wishes for the Giosi Business Park. May it be always more a beating heart for all the businesses in Portugal so that the culture be more visible - meaning sharing, solidarity, support - and therefore give an answer of love and relief to many people in their suffering. Everything will aim at contributing to the realization of universal brotherhood."
By Antonella Ferrucci
November 6 in Portugal was a beautiful, sunny day. We're in the middle of an Indian Summer, that last wave of summer weather before heading into winter. The climate is mild, and the sky is particularly luminous. It seems that this land can feel that today is truly a special day as it comes together to celebrate. Arriving at the small town of Arco Iris, headquarters of the Giosi Guella Business Park, one can perceive the anticipation for the big even about to take place. Yes, because this Business Park has been undoubtedly long awaited, since 2000, when a group of EoC entrepreneurs felt the necessity to buy a piece of land next to the small town in order to build the Portuguese business park there. Ten years later, having overcome many obstacles with determination and consistency, today the day has finally arrived to open the doors of this house for EoC entrepreneurs in Portugal.
November 6, 2010, 15:30
EoC - Giosi Business Park
Small town of Arco-Iris
2580-059 Abrigada (Alenquer)
In 2000, a group of EoC entrepreneurs together with some friends of Arco-Iris bought a piece of land adjacent to the small town, with the goal of building an EoC business park there. Chiara Lubich gave it the name "Giosi Guella Business Park", after one of her first companions, and construction for th business park began in 2003. On November 6, 2010, Giosi Guella Business Park will finally be inaugurated, and this "dream" will become a reality.