Good conditions for development
Detailed description of the Good Practice
The economic crisis that has swept through the world recently marked its occurrence also in the local governments domain. Revenues from sale of real estates as well as from CIT and PIT contributions have been reduced clearly. Seeing the consequences of such facts and an attempt to overcome the unfavourable phenomena is a responsibility of each commune manager. Koszalin tries to overcome the unfavourable economic prognoses developing the municipal investments that create jobs, assure financial stability of the city as well as exert impact on the general condition. The next priority of Mayor MiroslawMikietynski, is to create conditions enabling the city infrastructure development, attracting external companies. Those two elements make a foundation on which an axis is built allowing to combat, in micro scale, the global economic crisis.
Every year, the budget of the municipality increases its investment project sums and in 2009 it is PLN 100 million (seven years ago ca. PLN 20 million was used for this purpose). A part of this sum has been earmarked directly for works financed bythe commune. However, public funds are not fully used up for financing investment projects as such because Mayor Mikietynski is aware of the fact that he should also care after local entrepreneurs. Therefore, financial concessions associated with business activity performed in the city have been implemented; they are supposed to reduce the burden shouldered by those entrepreneurs, who invest in Koszalin. The Special Economic Zone also creates favourable conditions as it effectively attracts companies. A part of the budget is successfully used for planning activities. Koszalin is one of very few cities in Poland having its area almost fully covered by the up to date physical development plans. This gives, in turn, better opportunities for those investors, who plan to commence or develop their business activity in the city.
Those actions have been reflected in a survey performed recently by newspaper "Dziennik. Gazeta Prawna" in which Koszalin, along with Warsaw, Gdansk and Wroclaw, was put at the top position of cities that have been offering the highest number of jobs, being well ahead off such cities as Poznan and Kraków.
Objectives of the Good Practice
to overcome the unfavourable economic prognoses developing the municipal investments that create jobs, assure financial stability of the city as well as exert impact on the general condition
Participants of the Good Practice
More Details of the Good Practice
Ms Joanna Wilczek
City of Koszalin
Data sources and references
Baltic Cities Bulletin 2/2009