The municipalities of Łubniany and Pleszew, Ustka, Gdańsk, Poviat of Poznań and Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship are the winners of the first places in the individual categories of the Local Government Innovation competition 2023. During the festival, 18 projects were presented.
Every year, the Local Government Innovation Competition awards prizes to communities, cities, places of interest and voivodeships that can boast innovative projects that become an inspiration for other local government units. The organizers of the competition are PAP Self-Government Service. This year, once again, the competition was held under the honorary supervision of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
In this year’s edition of the competition, local governments presented projects related to the development of electronic services and best solutions in the field of urban infrastructure management. New ideas have also emerged in the fields of education, environmental protection and social services.
The President of the Management Board of the Polish Press Agency Wojciech Surmacz thanked local government officials for participating in the fourth edition of the Local Government Innovation 2023 competition. He also congratulated the winners who submitted the most innovative projects.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki sent a congratulatory letter to the participants. He appreciated that in the difficult situation, tragedy and conflict caused by the war in Ukraine, local government officials had the courage to act with innovation.
And the Minister of Development and Technology, Waldemar Buda, the host of the hall where the ceremonies were held, noted that talking about creativity in the environment of local governments is a clear thing, although it is a challenge for public leadership.
“From the point of view of administration, compared to entrepreneurs, it is more difficult to be creative. It is more difficult to convince local authorities and councils to get involved in a creative project, which always involves a hint of uncertainty and a certain amount of risk,” said Waldemar Buda .” This is an inevitable path. Today, public services can be built on the basis of innovation, because then they are friendly to residents, he added.
A total of 244 projects were submitted to the competition. Most, as many as 73, were received in the urban community. Rural communities submitted 53 projects, urban-rural communities – 41, large cities – 36, poviats – 27, voivodeship – 14.
The submitted projects were evaluated by a jury consisting of: Rudolf Borusiewicz, director of the office of the Association of Polish Counties, Grzegorz Cichy, president of the Union of Polish Cities, prof. Stanisław Łobejko from the Warsaw School of Economics, a member of the Prime Minister of GovTech Justyna Orłowska, Dr. Tomasz Pilewicz from the Warsaw School of Economics, director of the office of the Association of Polish Cities Andrzej Porawski, director of the Office of Economics. of the Rural Municipalities of the Republic of Poland Leszek Świątlski and editor-in-chief of the PAP Autonomous Service Anna Banasik.
The patrons of the Local Government Innovation Competition 2023 are: the Ministry of Development and Technology, the Ministry of Finance for Development and Regional Policy, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration, GovTech and local government organizations: the Association of Regions of the Republic of Poland, Association of Polish Poviats, Association of Polish capitals named after Paweł Adamowicz, Association of Polish Cities, Association of Polish Cities, Association of Rural Municipalities of the Republic of Poland. The strategic partners of the competition and the big festival were: Play, Polish Development Fund, Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu SA, Anwil SA.
List of awarded local governments
1st place – Łubniany commune for the project Power of cooperation – management and operation of the water and sewage network. in a public-private partnership
The Łubniany community provided the infrastructure and designed new network components, and a private company bears the costs of maintenance, modernization and replacement of the equipment operated. The contract, which was signed for 10 years, among other things, assumed that the private institution would pay local governments for leasing water and sewage infrastructure. In addition, the company will build a sewage pumping station in Luboszyce. In the first two years of the contract, the private partner will inspect and upgrade 760 of the oldest household sewage pumping stations, as there is a pressurized sewage system in the district.
2nd place – Starogard Gdański Community for creating, using modern solutions, 200 new places in kindergartens for the youngest residents of the district.
3rd place – Michałowice commune for eBOI project – Electronic Customer Service Office
Differences: Dębica, Łubniany, Szemud, Rokietnica, Baligród, Trzciana, Czerwonak, Potęgowo, Bieliny, Przemęt, Świdnica
1st place – Pleszew commune for the first city 15 minutes in Poland
Pleszew was the first in Poland to start implementing the idea of a fifteen-minute city, where everything necessary for local life is at your fingertips. Within a maximum of a quarter of an hour, you can find the most important points in the city: schools, offices, shops, clinics, cultural institutions or sports and entertainment areas. Thanks to the fifteen-minute city concept, Pleszew becomes a great place to live.
2nd place – Grodzisk Mazowiecki commune for Planet Earth and space exploration
3rd Place – Kępice commune for the SMOK project – Municipal Waste Monitoring System
Differences: Strzegom, Więcbork, Syców, Proszowice, Miechów, Brewinów, Orzysz, Śmigiel, Brewinów, Września, Miechów
1st place – Ustka for the “Smart Office” project.
An innovative IoT system called “Smart Office” has been installed in the Ustka City Hall, which enables remote control and management of many tasks in the office using applications on smartphones, web browsers, smart watches, remote controls, buttons and devices others. . One of the main applications of the system is temperature control in the building. “Smart Office” allows you to automatically adjust the temperature in individual rooms. The system provides information through loudspeakers, eg about the need to close the windows when the temperature drops significantly or when the opening time is too long.
2nd place – Gliwice for the project Automation of the heat production forecasting system for Gliwice, based on artificial intelligence
3rd Place – Tychy for Traffic Control and Intelligent Management System
Awards: Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, Podkowa Leśna, Pruszcz Gdański, Ełk, Sandomierz, Bielsko-Biała, Kołobrzeg, Rzeszów (two awards), Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski
1st place – Gdańsk for the Tax Robot project
The project includes automated processes in the field of real estate taxation for natural persons – the “robot” brings tax information IN-1 to the domain system, which is sent to the office electronically. The “robot” makes a decision, creates a case in the document flow system (EZD) and sends it to the taxpayer. After receiving the decision, the “robot” introduces the UPO to the domain system. The automation process was also implemented in most of the transmission of tax rulings as part of the so-called annual “direction step”. Gdańsk is the first city in Poland to use such a solution.
2nd place – Lublin for the project “Rain gardens. City with lots of water”
3rd place – Wrocław for the Green Spider project – transport infrastructure access map
Distinctions: Kraków, Poznań, Gdańsk, Gdynia (two awards), Bydgoszcz, Łódź, Lublin
1st place – Poznań County for the project “Aromatorium – Scent Library” at the Special Education Center for Blind Children in Owińska, run by Poznań County
An Aromatherapy Center was established at the Center for Blind Children in Owińska. There is nothing else like it on the map of Poland and Europe. It is intended for educational activities for children with visual impairments, but it is also a place that can be visited in historical buildings, eight hundred old Cistercian monasteries. Aromatherapy classes bring new certification and educational opportunities to students. In the future, it will also be a place for business school students to find new careers. The project was implemented in two ways. It included the whole process of collecting scents and preparing the room for their storage.
2nd place – Poznań district for innovative sign learning tools, techniques and teaching methods at SOSW for Blind Children in Owińska
3rd place – Wrzesiński district for the construction of the Center for Research and Development of Modern Technology in Grzymysławice
Distinctions: Malbork poviat, Toruń poviat (two awards), Wrocław poviat, Białystok poviat, Gostyń poviat, Poznań poviat, Police poviat, Wejherowo poviat
1st place – Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship for Kuyavian-Pomeranian e-School for children and youth from Ukraine
With the outbreak of war in Ukraine and the influx of citizens of this country to Poland, the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Electronic School for Ukraine was launched, helping Ukrainian children, youth and adults to continue or start education in the Polish educational reality. Thanks to the experience of distance education made during this pandemic, KPSI for children and youth from Ukraine was launched on March 8, 2022, i.e. 13 days after Russia invaded Ukraine. E-studies in Polish, English, mathematics, physics, geography, biology, computer science, elementary education, art and regional studies were conducted. 300 electronic lessons were announced, which translated into 100 hours of recordings.
2nd Place – Lesser Voivodeship of Poland for Data Warehouse, Business Consulting, Open Data project
3rd Place – Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship for Regional Emergency Service
Differences: Małopolskie, Zachodniopomorskie, Łódzkie, Pomorskie, Podlaskie