Pearls of Eastern Poland Macroregion

15 February 2013
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Editorial team of Dziennik Gazeta Prawna selected the winners of a nationwide ranking “Pearls of Local Government”. Towns/cities and communes from Eastern Poland Macroregion – Korycin, Olsztyn, Chełm, Rzeszów, Łuków and Narewka, scored the highest positions.

The idea of “Pearls of Local Government” ranking was to select 5 best presidents of cities of over 100,000 inhabitants and 10 administrators of towns/cities up to 100,000 inhabitants, as well as 15 best commune administrators.Additionally, special awards have been given to towns/cities and communes (of both over and below 100,000 inhabitants) recognized for outstanding activities in the field of infrastructure investments, environmental protection, tourism, sport and recreation.  The list prepared by the editorial team of Dziennik Gazeta Prawna was unique because, rather than on statistics, it was based on the answers received by journalists from towns/cities and communes.  The questions were  specially constructed to enable finding out what administrators and communes really do for their residents, with regard to both contacts with the office, and the facilities improving the inhabitants’ quality of life.

Towns/cities and communes from Eastern Poland Macroregion scored high positions in the ranking.Korycin was ranked highest - the 1st position in the category of the best administrator (rural commune).The Korycin Commune administrator is one of the record-holders among the administrators - he has been chosen for the sixth time to hold this position.As part of the Village Regeneration and Development Programme, Korycin completed a lot of investments - the most spectacular in Krukowszczyzna village -  the total investment value amounted to nearly PLN 700,000.The commune spends a lot of money on the development of infrastructure crucial for its residents: renovation of rural community halls, construction of sports fields complexes (the cost of PLN 5 mln) and the construction of approximately 30 km of new roads.  Administrators do not forget about the tourists either: a historic old windmill has been rescued, a car park for tourists has been built next to the Roman Catholic parish, the market has been rebuilt, and a neo-Gothic church and rectory park with the holy springs have been renovated.

The first position among the rural communes in the category of local government was given to Narewka. The high position of this commune from Eastern Poland Macroregion should not surprise anyone as Narewka had been awarded for its activities many times before.In 2012 only, it was selected a Fair Play Commune by the Polish Chamber of Commerce, and it was also ranked the 1st position in the final of the voivodeship competition “Friendly village”. The latter was awarded for the best project in the field of infrastructure carried out in rural areas, with the support of EU funds, in the category of social infrastructure.Narewka was also ranked the 1st position in the category of innovative local government in Podlasie Region.

Olsztynreceived a distinction for i.a. investments and infrastructure development.According to the president of the city Piotr Grzymowicz, such success is the result of extensive social consultations and operating of the offices in cooperation with the city residents.One of the leading slogans of Olsztyn is clean environment.Currently, the city is investing in bike paths, modernizing the area around Lake Ukiel, and building tram lines from the scratch.

Towns/cities such as Chełm (3rd position among towns/cities of below 100,000 inhabitants in the category of best administrator), Łuków (4th position in the same category), and Rzeszów (4th position among the cities of above 100,000 inhabitants in the category of local government), were also ranked high in the ranking prepared by the editorial team of Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.AgnieszkaŁukaszewska-Wojnarowska,the Head of Regional Development Department in PAIiIZ,says: The fact that towns/cities and communes from Eastern Poland Macroregion appeared in the ranking by Dziennik Gazeta  Prawna  best proves the investment and economic potential hidden in the region.

PAIiIZ has been carrying out the Eastern Poland Macroregion Promotion Project for several years now; it includes the following voivodships: Lubelskie, Podkarpackie, Podlaskie, Świętokrzyskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie.Its main objective is to increase the interest in the Macroregion economic offer and thus accelerate the pace of social and economic development of Eastern Poland.

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