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The Lower Silesia Voice
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Makeover in Progress
September 16, 2009   
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Tadeusz Wlaźlak, mayor of Szczawno-Zdrój, talks to Barbara Deręgowska about the development of the town and district.

The town and district of Szczawno-Zdrój is undergoing intensive economic development. What's the secret behind the boom?
This is a result of the policy which the town administration and council have followed for years. Back in 2001, we passed a resolution calling for the adoption of a local development plan for the Economic Activity Zone we had marked out. We resolved to improve the competitiveness of our town. The first investor, Tesco, arrived two years later, followed by Makro after another three years. In 2005, we started working with the Lower Silesia Regional Development Agency, which obtained funds to build the Lower Silesia Technology Park. The T-Park, which opened a few months ago, will contribute significantly to the development of enterprise, new technology and science. What is important, we have signed an Agreement on Partnership for the Development of the Lower Silesia Technology Park with Lower Silesia province, the Wrocław University of Technology, the cities of Wałbrzych and Szczawno-Zdrój, and the Regional Development Agency. The idea is to create conditions to foster new technology.

What role does T-Park play in the development of Szczawno-Zdrój?
The T-Park complex comprises a 21-hectare area with full infrastructure, divided into lots sized between 2 and 8 hectares, and a modern office building that houses a 6,000-sq-m business incubator. The town also owns 7 ha in the park's neighborhood. At T-Park, small and medium-sized enterprises can use a research and development center, laboratories, warehouses and a workshop and production hall sized 800 sq m. We are also planning to provide public aid along the same rules as those in special economic zones. Businesses in the park will also have easier access to EU funds. We expect T-Park to draw Polish and foreign investors to create new jobs in the region and help intensify innovation. We are determined to continue our efforts to raise the profile of Szczawno-Zdrój.

The town's development and appeal are also determined by its natural values and cultural events organized here. What is your agenda for Szczawno-Zdrój when it comes to tourism?
We are lucky in that Szczawno-Zdrój is located in a picturesque, mountainous region. The landscape, the microclimate and therapeutic values of the place have been recognized for centuries. Over a half of the district is covered by green areas and in the town center there are two parks with unique plant species. We keep applying for EU funds to take full advantage of the town's tourist and cultural potential. For years, we have organized international mountain biking competitions of the Grand Prix MTB series for the best cyclists in the world. Our four-cross track is comparable to those found in other countries. This year, Szczawno-Zdrój also hosted the 44th Henryk Wieniawski International Festival, which has for years drawn the best, internationally famous, violin virtuosos.
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