Development agency Sotla

: Feb 21, 2017

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Development agency Sotla (RA Sotla), Slovenia. Development agency is an institution which performs public services for a number of municipalities in the South-Eastern part of Slovenia (by the Croatian border) with population inhabitants and the area size is km2. The Agency represents a bridge between all regional municipalities and the European Union regions. Main work areas for Development Agency  Sotla: rural development, development of small and medium enterprises, tourism development, working with youth, preservation of natural and cultural heritage, preservation of the environment and human resources. Part of our work is also performing economic activities on the market - creating DIIPs (identification document of project investment), tender application consulting etc. We have experience as a lead partner and as a partner in domestic and international projects (LEADER, OP IPA SI HR 2007-2013, IPA SI-AT 2007-2013, Erasmus+, EU for citizens etc.). The projects vary from tourism, ecology and communal projects to rural development and the establishment of partnerships with numerous Slovene and international public or private organizations. We provide recognizable and quality projects in our region and the necessary information for their efficient implementation in our everyday life. Development agency Sotla is also manager of Local Action Group for rural development - LEADER Approach (2007-2013).Primary aim of the company is to promote the local development process with the active participation of private and public sector and civil society of the area as well. In this frame supports its members to achieve their development goals. In the field of regional development, the Agency is part of the joint Networking Development Agency Kozjansko (made up of RA Kozjansko and RA Sotla) and is carrying out the official tasks of the regional development subject for Municipal Development Partnership Obsotelje and Kozjansko, which is also officially registered at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology. It includes the following municipalities: Dobje, Kozje, Podčetrtek,Rogaška Slatina, Rogatec, Šentjur and Šmarje pri Jelšah. The inhabitants (mostly rural) of Obsotelje and Kozjansko represent the most important development potential of our region. Human-resource development and the increasing quality of knowledge capital are key factors in improving the competitiveness of the region. This is also one of the main priorities of the RA Sotla where we, together with our business partners, carry out development projects in the fields of developing the local labour market, improving the competitiveness of the economy and employed persons, increasing the employability as well as strengthening the supporting environment.

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 Rural Development
 Adult Learning
 Cross-border cooperation
 Project Management

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