Regional Development Initiatives in Gorlice and Nowy Sącz

Project completed

The two counties Gorlicki and Nowosądecki suffer from high unemployment. This project aims at increasing the social and economic potential of this region through activities such as supporting local entrepreneurship, fostering food and agricultural processing industry and developing human resources with training activities.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Promoting economic growth and improving working conditions
Regional development and employment
04.08.2011 - 31.12.2016
CHF  6’753’818

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.


The two counties Gorlicki and Nowosądecki (total 306\'600 inhabitants) in the eastern part of Małopolska Region suffer from relatively high unemployment compared to national average. Małopolska Region has mainly small farms and as well in the two counties, most of the inhabitants are farmers or working in enterprises related to agricultural production. The area\'s main potentials are valuable natural resources (attracting considerable tourism) and a diversified agricultural production.


The goal of the project is to strengthen the socio-economic potential of the sub-region by implementing a policy leading to the development of entrepreneurship including agricultural processing industry oriented towards the creation of non-agricultural sources of income in rural area as well as
exerting influence on the development of human capital using modern form of vocational and continuing education.

Target groups

SMEs, individuals willing to develop small business, the two local governments


(i): Organisation of trainings and consulting services coupled with set up of a fund for entrepreneurs (ii): Analysis of tourism offer together with development of a tourism promotion system (iii): Technology transfer in agricultural production and consulting services for manufacturing companies (iv): Creation of two educational centres and development of development of specific trainings modules


Achieved results:  

  • 86 grants for SMEs awarded
  • The agricultural school of the Nowosądecki Powiat and the vocational centre of the Gorlicki Powiat are supported (facilities renovation and purchase of training equipment)
  • 299 training activities organised, in which 3586 SMEs, farmers and individuals participated
  • 4 study visits to Switzerland with 80 participants organised (knowhow transfer in organic production and marketing
  • 25 promotional events organised


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    6’753’818 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    6’669’430
Project phases

Phase 1 04.08.2011 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)