|Development Strategy for the Opolskie Voivodeship until 2020 was designed for the optimal use of the potential and development opportunities of our region. At the same time, we want to counteract common problems in the Opolskie Voivodeship.
When working on a new strategic document we adopted an open, consultative approach, allowing for the integration of various regional environments. Present shape of the Strategy is a result of commitment of many people for whom welfare and future of the region is important.
Rapidly changing socio-economic conditions and regulatory environment in which we function caused that the original invention to update already existing Development Strategy for the Opolskie Voivodeship from 2005 evolved into the development of a new document. The new Strategy is thought to provide directional support for the regional authorities responding to the challenges which our voivodeship will face until 2020.
Demographic change will be a major challenge both for Poland and the UE. The results of the People and Housing National Census conducted in 2011 indicate that the most alarming situation in Poland in terms of changes in a number and structure of the population is in the Opolskie Voivodeship.
Most important development challenge faced by our region is, therefore, to prevent and counteract depopulation processes. People constitute a particular asset of the Opole region so it is important that all development projects implemented in the voivodeship contribute to the improvement of the living conditions in the region. This challenge may be addressed by the implementation of comprehensive measures in many areas of socio-economic life, activities to support the family, attracting new investments, supporting entrepreneurship and innovation, creating new jobs and enhancing professional competence of residents. Realising the potential of the elderly and tailoring services to the needs of this group of people is the chance for us.
Aim of the delivery of the development directions which have been identified in the Strategy is to realise the vision of our region in 2020:
- multicultural region with its inhabitants as the most important value: educated, open to change, knowledge and innovation, as well as active – in the labour market and beyond;
- friendly living environment for families, entrepreneurs and all representatives of the socio-economic space;
- the voivodeship with an attractive labour market, educational, cultural and economic offers encouraging people to choose the region as a place to live, relax, invest and develop innovative activity.