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The Agency was established in 1995 with the support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Initially serving as a liaison focused on strengthening communication between city governments and the business community, it soon attracted as members the municipalities, training centers and organizations supporting the economic development of the region.
By letter of Ministry of Economic, Energy and Tourism 12-00-1635/29.11.2011, SZREDA was informed that it was entered as a Regional Tourism Association at the National Tourism Register grounds to Art. 59, paragraph 1 in reference to Art. 61 of the Law on Tourism
Members of the Agency include city of Stara Zagora and its municipalities - Nikolaevo, Bratya Daskalovi, Gurkovo, Opan, Kazanlak and Radnevo - as well as the Thracian University, the Bulgarian-German Training Center, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Stara Zagora Associations of of Hoteliers and Restaurateurs
Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency (SZREDA) has worked on a number of programmes and projects, funded by the European Union, USAID, as well as on British, Canadian and Italian bilateral programmes.
SZREDA is a member of the Bulgarian Association of Regional Development Agencies and Business Centers (BARDA) and the regional representative of the Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency, the Bulgarian Foreign Investment Agency and the Bulgarian Trade Promotion Agency.
SZREDA has a number of partners and clients throughout the Stara Zagora region, including small and medium size enterprises, local governments, state institutions, non-government organizations, and individual citizens. The Agency also partners with a number of national and international organizations, and provides services to foreign companies.
Took place at the Grand Hotel, Sofia on 29 October 2009, this conferencewas attended by specialists and key influencers from all over Europe keen to learn more about the new EU-wide initiative to create consistentstandards for those involved in SME support.
Basis is a new standard for those involved in supporting small and medium sized enterprises. For the first time, the different quality models and competencies in SME support have been researched at a pan-European level to identify critical success factors.
The release of Basis follows 2 years of international development and piloting work and is a cohesive, practical and easy to use framework formanaging effective SME support.
Stara Zagora is the only Bulgarian city achieving top positions in FDI Magazine's Cities and Regions of the Future2010/2011 rankings. The city of Stara Zagora was ranked 2nd in two categories such as top 5 FDI Strategy- Eastern Europe and top 5 micro FDI Strategy (micro cities havea population of less than 250,000).fDi Cities and Regions of the Future shortlists were created from anindependent collection of data by fDi Benchmark across 223 Europeancities and 142 European regions. This information was set under sixcategories:
- economic potential,
- human resources,
- cost effectiveness,
- quality of life,
- infrastructure and
- business friendliness.
It took more than 6 months to the fDi Benchmark Division (anindependent database which benchmarks global locations according to howattractive they are to foreign investors) to compile and evaluate thedata of the participating cities and regions in the European Cities andRegions of the Future 2010/11 competition. The next Europeancompetition will be held in 2 years time.
This success is recognition of the long-term efforts of the citygovernment and the Regional Economic Development Agency in creatingfavourable conditions for direct investment in Stara Zagora. Itconfirms once again what we believe: Stara Zagora is an excellent placeto live, work, visit and invest.
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