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Where Poland Begins
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Where Poland Begins
April 30, 2010   
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What are the main strengths of Bystrzyca K這dzka, a southwestern Polish town near the Czech border whose architecture is said to resemble that of Carcassonne, France?
We have plenty of strengths. To begin with, Bystrzyca K這dzka is the heart and landmark of the region, standing as one of just a few towns in Poland that have retained almost intact medieval fortifications. The Old Town is surrounded by defense walls with gate towers and it may indeed bring to mind the charming Carcassonne with our church and town hall towering over the remaining buildings. But I have to say that the community of Bystrzyca K這dzka comprises many other attractive towns and villages which are famous for their montane climate, natural resources and tourist attractions.

One of the towns is Mi璠zyg鏎ze with its characteristic Alpine architecture and therapeutic microclimate. Owing to its inner-mountain location and a rapidly expanding network of tourist trails for hikers and skiers, Mi璠zyg鏎ze is evolving into a center for active tourism and winter sports. The same is happening in Spalona, which has opened over 200 kilometers of cross-country and backcountry skiing routes as part of an EU project carried out jointly with three other communities. I should also mention D逝gopole-Zdr鎩 and its therapeutic mineral springs. This health resort is undergoing refurbishment, which I hope will turn it into one of the most beautiful resorts in the K這dzko region. Last but not least, Bystrzyca K這dzka community sits amidst the scenic and pristine 好ie積ik, Bystrzyckie and Orlickie mountains.

All these attractions explain why we have decided to make tourism a top priority. We are planning to expand the winter sports infrastructure in Bia豉 Woda, an area 600 meters above sea level that neighbors the Czarna G鏎a winter sports center. Bia豉 Woda has some of the most spectacular sights in the area, offering beautiful views of the 好ie積ik Mountains and the K這dzko Basin.

As a community, we are open to new projects. After all, here is where Poland begins. Bystrzyca K這dzka lies closer to the capitals of other European countries—Prague, Berlin and Vienna—than Warsaw. It is thus a perfect location for business.

What use do you make of EU funds?
Thanks to EU funds, D逝gopole-Zdr鎩 is becoming an important health resort and towns that once fell into oblivion are now regaining their former splendor. For example, the first street lamps will soon appear in Las闚ka in the Bystrzyckie Mountains, where new roads have been built. EU funds will help renovate Bystrzyca K這dzka’s Old Town area, including the defense walls and cellars. The same is true of many other towns and villages, because we have applied for subsidies for those places as part of projects available in Poland and abroad. Together with our partners in the Czech Republic, we boast considerable achievements when it comes to securing such funds.

What investment opportunities are available to foreigners?
Our community is home to the Bystrzyca K這dzka subzone of the Wa豚rzych Special Economic Zone. The subzone is sized 2 hectares, but we have applied to add another 10.5 hectares designated for new projects. Investors may also be interested in a property in M這ty, where a water power plant will be built. The earthwork is 80 percent complete and so the area is waiting for a new investor.

For sale
An almost entire picturesque village in the mountains for sale. The Marcink闚 village is almost completely deserted and for now it only has three inhabitants. This fall, we will put up for sale around 3 hectares of different kinds of plots of land designated for housing purposes, new boarding houses and services. The community also has several hundred plots of land for construction, located high in the mountains, lowlands, near ski stations and the Jagodna hostel. When you buy a plot of land and build a house in our community, you receive an opportunity to live in peace and quiet amid pristine mountain scenery.

Renata Surma, 44, is married with three children. She graduated from the Department of National Economy at the Academy of Economics in Wroc豉w in 1992. In 2000, she passed a state exam for supervisory board members in Treasury-owned companies. In 2004, she finished postgraduate studies in the West Pomerania Business School in Szczecin.

From 1999 to 2006, she was a councilor in K這dzko County and in 2003-2005, she was a member of the K這dzko County Authority. In 2005-2006, she chaired the K這dzko County Council and then in 2006 she was elected mayor of Bystrzyca K這dzka.

Bystrzyca K這dzka Community Administration 6 H. Sienkiewicza St. 57-500 Bystrzyca K這dzka
tel. (+48) 74 811-76-05 fax (+48) 74 811-15-88 E-mail: burmistrz@bystrzycaklodzka.pl www.bystrzycaklodzka.pl
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