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Appeal to Investors and Tourists
October 28, 2009   
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Jan Sadowski, mayor of the Town and Community of Susz in Warmia-Mazuria province, talks to Barbara Deręgowska.

This is your third term as mayor of Susz. How has the town changed over the years?
During my years in office, we have carried out a number of investment projects aimed at stimulating the development of our community and improving its image. The most important projects include road construction and repairs and new sidewalks in the town and nearby villages. There are kilometers of a new sewage system, and we have modernized the community's water supply system and replaced old street lamps with energy-efficient lighting. Susz is a leading community in Poland in terms of its water supply system. We have also renovated around 90 percent of schools and other education facilities. There are many new sports venues, including soccer pitches and volleyball courts. New hotels, restaurants and agrotourism farms have been opened in the town and nearby villages. We are continuing work to complete a boardwalk around Lake Suskie and redevelop the local park. It's important to me that my community should become increasingly attractive.

What makes Susz stand out among other communities in the area?
Let me begin from the tourist attractions. We neighbor the Scenic Park of the Iława Lake District. In this area, you will find scenic locations, lakes teeming with fish, clean air and healthy and beautiful forests. The neighborhood of Susz is home to many palaces and manor houses, each with an intriguing history of its own. One of the most remarkable buildings is the Baroque palace in Bałoszyce which these days houses a hotel. Those who want to be active while relaxing can enjoy numerous bicycle trails, canoeing expeditions and trips on pedal boats on Lake Suskie.

One of the local traditions are big outdoor events where tourists from Poland and abroad mingle with the locals. Every year in late June and early July, we host the international Polish Triathlon, with over 300 contestants. Triathlon athletes must be fit and able to swim, cycle and run. During the competitions, the town beach transforms into a venue for national and international triathlon events.

Meanwhile, for many years, young and talented musicians from around the world have been coming to Susz to polish their skills during the International Academy of Music.

Tourism aside, our community is an attractive place to invest in. The town and community of Susz offer plots of land assigned for investment that are owned by the community as well as by private owners. The community-owned areas are very conveniently located within the town limits and most of them have basic infrastructure for investment and construction purposes. The community also has a modern mechanical and biological sewage treatment plant and great potential in terms of qualified staff. A major argument to invest in Susz is its location on one of the main rail routes in Poland leading from Gdańsk to Warsaw.

We encourage everybody to invest capital in Susz. We offer preferential terms to those who create new jobs and we have a system of allowances for businesses. We guarantee that we are open to all proposals that stimulate the development of the community and benefit residents.

Jan Sadowski, 60, is married with three children. In 1970-74, Sadowski was a manager at Zakład Budowlany POHZ Ulnowo construction enterprise. In 1974-1990, he ran a private construction and renovation company in Susz. Between 1990 and 2001, Sadowski headed the department of infrastructure at the Susz Community and Town Administration. Since June 5, 2001, Sadowski has been the mayor of the Community and Town of Susz. In 2005, he obtained a bachelor's degree in Local Government Policy from the Higher School of Pedagogy in Warsaw. In 2007, he graduated in Public Administration at the Paweł Włodkowic University College in Płock.

The Community and Town of Susz are located in the Iławskie Lake District in Warmia-Mazuria province, Iława county. The town lies 30 kilometers from the E7 road from Warsaw to Gdańsk and 100 km from the nearest airport in Gdańsk. The community covers 259 square kilometers and has a population of 13,500. The history of Susz dates back to 1305. Vast areas are covered by dense woods where hunters can shoot game, while the lakes are an angler's paradise. The area is home to two nature reserves: Lake Gaudy and Lake Czerwica. The community lies within the Natura 2000 European Ecological Network and is home to rare bird species such as the white-tailed eagle, the osprey and the black stork.

The economic development of Susz is reliant on agricultural and food processing, the timber industry, transportation services, retailing and tourism.
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