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Presentation of towns: Local governments' experiences contributing to the development of small towns.
Lębork - Mr. Witold Namyślak - mayor of Lębork
Lębork is a town of about 37.000 inhabitants situated on a 18 km2 area. It's located by the international route connecting two big Polish cities: Gdańsk and Szczecin. There is only 30km from Lębork to the coastal tourist resort - Łeba. Lębork's favourable location makes it one of the most attractive medium sized towns not only for its inhabitants but also for investors and tourists. This medieval town, with great cultural heritage, could be an ideal base for tourists to explore the values of the region. Lębork is now searching for a way to attract more tourists and investments - hence in main interest in this project is the "Marketing & Promotion" theme.
Puck - Ms. Jolanta Podhajska - deputy mayor of Puck
Puck, a 12000 inhabitants town with rich cultural & historical background. It is a cultural centre, and service provider for its region. Also it is a great place to spend summer holiday. Puck offers a lot to tourists who like to spend their time actively - there is a training centre for sailors, windsurfing school and many equipment rentals. Puck is also a place of water sports competition, even at European level. To improve the attractiveness of town, Puck would mostly like to learn about other town's ideas, experiences and achievements in Town Planning, Cultural Heritage Preservation and also in Tourism. It's also vital for Puck to know how some of partner towns take advantage of proximity to cities.
Łeba - Ms. Marta Chełkowska - deputy mayor of Łeba
Łeba is a coastal town, a tourist resort, famous in Poland for it's unique natural heritage - the largest moving sand dunes in Europe. 4.000 inhabitants of Łeba mostly live off tourism and the sea. Łeba is a great place for small entrepreneurship, which is flourishing there. Łeba has recently won a grant from EU, for building a ring road. But Łeba is willing to prolong the tourist season, and increase positive image of the town by improving its appearance. This is why Łeba is most interested in themes of Tourism and Town Planning/Cultural Heritage.
Open discussion: Do the differences between coastal towns, local service centre towns and towns located in proximity to cities predetermine three distinguishable types of strategies?
Halina Klińska - Mayor of Łeba
Witold Namyślak - Mayor of Lębork
Adam Zażembłowski - Mayor of Puck
Mieczysław Struk - Vice Marshal of The Pomerania District
Tomasz Lesner - moderator
Discussion started with short presentation of towns' characteristics given by mayors. After that, the moderator was inquiring the mayors about several features of their towns, their meaning and impact on town's strategy. The towns differ from each other due to their location, however the differences are not as significant as was expected. Only a minor part of the strategic solutions are location - specific. The question stated in the title of this part of the conference, remains unanswered until future discussions, partly due lack of time during Łeba conference.
Regional Coordinators' meeting,
other attendees go for a guided walk around Łeba
Parallel sessions in key-topic workgroups
Presentation of parallel sessions' outputs
Topic session leaders
Theme 1: tourism/marketing & promotion/town identity/sense of belonging - All twelve towns have decided to participate in this theme, which makes it most popular. All participant towns will submit (by end of Dec 05) a report on their planned tourist activities/events; identification of strengths and weaknesses of tourism in their town etc. It will be done by filling a template form prepared by lead-town: Åmål.
Theme 2: whole town strategy/long term planning - Result of a merger between previous themes 2 & 3. Ten towns have decided to participate in this theme (excluding Åmål & Strömstad). All towns are bound to assess relevant targets and identify good practices by (May 06)
Theme 3: Engagement/dialogue/youth - Town participation yet to be finally confirmed, all participating towns agree to sent their representatives (2 young people + 1 leader per town) to Greece (May 06), where they will discuss ideas for toolkit and test these ideas during the conference.
Theme 4: Planning/conservation/heritage - Nine towns (+Stonehaven at stages
Theme 5: Partnership & town management - Town participation yet to be finally confirmed, all participating towns decided to gather and analyse 5 examples of best practice, create a tool kit (by March/April 06) and have another workshop, probably before Greek conference. They also want to define/improve partnership by Autumn 06, and form international partnerships.
Theme 6: Marketing & promotion - talking about promotional activities, ended up with talking about tourism, therefore it was decided to combine these two investigative themes. After this conference, theme 6 was merged with theme 1.
Closure and final words - Dr Nick Brown - Project leader
Next steps in SusSET:
· Lead towns to produce 1 page summary by 27th November
· Each town seek mandate from locality
· Pursue to deliver work on time
· Confirm understanding & acceptance by January
· Summaries will be circulated to all towns after meeting with the Secretariat at the end of November
Thank you all for a successful cooperation and hope to see you all in Greece.
Read Report on Polish Conference from Stonehaven Delegate.
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