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Janusz Marek Stankowiak (born August 15, 1965 in Starogard Gdański) - Polish teacher and local government official, from 2014 the president of Starogard Gdański. A graduate in Economics and Management on University of Gdansk. He worked as a geography and music teacher at elementary schools in Lubichowo and Zelgoszcz, as well as an educator at the Special Educational Center in Starogard Gdański. At the end of the 1990s, he was employed at the Starogard Culture Center, he was the head of administration, then a few years he was the director of this institution.

Became involved in the activities of the local association Nasz Starogard, in which he became the vice president. In the 2014 election, he started with his support for the office of the president of Starogard Gdański, winning the second round with support of 67% of the vote. In 2018, he successfully applied for re-election, receiving 72% of votes in the first round. Privately a husband and father of three children. In his free time he likes to read, listen to music and travel. It is best to rest during hiking, mountain trips.

Starogard Gdański is one of the oldest towns in Northern Poland, probably formed from a Neolithic settlement (4-5 thouand tears BC) and located nearby or even on the so-called the amber trail.  In later centuries fortified towns and open settlements were built here. One of the Pomeranian princes – Grzymisław, on November 11, 1198 records the left-bank wooden and stone forteess of  the Knights of St.John, the right-bank part from Piotr Święcy in 1305 was bought by the Teutonic Knights.

Such possession of this area is reflected in the historical coat of arms of the city, where two crosses in the vertical projection are still visible on the shield: St. John’s at the bottom and the Teutonic at the top. The Teutonic Knights built a city in the area they had acquired – a defensive fortress probably according to the design of the religious brother Teodor of Florence and in 1348 granted the city civic rights.  The medieval urban layout with one of the nicer markets of Northern Poland has survived in its shape to this day. However one of the most characteristic features of the city (due to the wetland) is its low buildings.

During the Polihs-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the city became an important center of political life in Pomerania. There were town and land courts and regional assemblies.

The city survived many plagues, wars and fires. The worst fire happened in 1792  and only the parish church of St. Matthew  remained unharmed.  In the years 1870-1871 the first railway line was built on the Piła-Starogard Gdański- Tczew route. In 1900 the city received a gasworks and waterworks.

On January 29, 1920, the city returned to Poland , liberated by General J. Haller’s Blue Army.

The outbreak and course of World War II was – as for whole country – a tragic period in history. The years of the nazi occupation were one of the hardest periods in the history of the city. This is evidenced by the numerous execution places in the city and surrounding area.

This year is 821 years since the foundation of the castle and 671 years of granting it city rights. In January 2020, the year of commemoration of the 100th anniversary of joining Starogard to the Motherland will begin.

After the local government reform since 1990, four presidents ruled in Straogard: Paweł Głuch (1990 – 1998), Stanisław Karbowski (1998 – 2006), Edmund Stachowicz (2006 – 2014) and Janusz Stankowiak (from 2014 to present).

Today, Starogard Gdański has about 48,000 inhabitants, covers 25 km2. It is the seat of the Starogard district and the rural commune of Starogard Gdański as well as a dynamically and independently developing industrial and cultural center.

Starogard Gdański is a center of the ethnic and cultural area called Kociewie with an area of approx. 3000 km2. Starogard Gdański is a poviat town with an area of 25.27 km2 and diverse terrain.

The city has approx. 45,000 residents. 1760 people per 1 km2. Half of the population are people of working age 59%. Seniors constitute a large group of 21.5%.

The local spatial development plans cover 96% of the city.

The commune had developed a commune promotion program and a strategy for attracting investors. A tax incentive mechanism was developed in the commune to attract new investors. The commune provided information for investors in foreign languages (e.g. publication of the commune's offer, information for investors developed in foreign languages, possession of the English (or other language) version of the office's website or subpage / tabs regarding investments in the commune, etc.) The commune has fully developed investment areas (ready for development)


- interactive pedestrian crossings     - electric vehicle charging stations     - sensors measuring air quality in the city - underground waste containers   - Municipal Electrical Waste Points


- construction of an integration communication node     - purchase of 11 low-floor ecological buses   - revitalization of the Old Town,    - construction of a Social Family Support Center   - modernization of the Market     - modernization of the City Park     - Thermomodernization of four primary schools    - reconstruction of Kościuszki street over - reconstruction of Copernicus street - construction of Powstańców Warszawskich street    - construction of a block of flats (24 social flats) - construction of the Senior + Daily House    - replacement of 2724 light fittings for LEDs   - construction of a sewage system on Heweliusz, Hermanowska, Rolna and Sychta streets   - construction of a sewage system on Poziomkowa and Malinowa streets   - construction of the New Face Park - a modern place of relaxation and rest   - skatepark construction   - construction of 6 playgrounds   - construction of 4 gyms under the cloud  - construction of 2 multi-purpose sports fields   - construction of a roller table  - monuments restaurant - tower of the church of st. Catherine, gate at the Wiechert Palace   - construction of a car park at the City Park  - the project "preserving the natural and landscape values of the ecological corridor of the Wierzyca Valley by protecting biodiversity and directing the use of this area" - building a tourist and educational path in Piekiełki, developing Lake Kochanki.

Starogard belongs to the municipalities. It is a medium-sized city with an annual budget exceeding EUR 40 million in income. In 864 urban and urban-rural communes in Poland, Starogard is 6th in the ranking of self-governments that develop in a sustainable and sustainable manner in four key areas: economic, environmental, social and quality management. The main purpose of the actions taken by the city authorities is the good of the city, improvement of the quality and comfort of life of the inhabitants, and appropriate response to their needs and expectations

In accordance with the Strategy for Socio-Economic Development, the City of Starogard Gdański realizes the goals of:

Main development goals:

  1. Improving settlement conditions in the city
  2. Increasing the city's investment attractiveness
  3. Improving city infrastructure
  4. Social development

The implementation of the main development goals will contribute to:

  • improve housing conditions and the lives of residents to stop their outflow out of town and attract new ones,
  • taking advantage of international cooperation and the experiences of other cities, in particular in the Baltic Sea Region, as well as European Union funds to improve attractiveness and city promotion,
  • cooperation with the municipalities of Kociewia and the Lower Vistula Area for a better economic use of cultural, historical and touristic traditions of the region,
  • development of the investment offer in the city and the Pomeranian Special Zone Economic,
  • improving transport connections with the Tri-City and Tczew,
  • improvement and extension of the educational offer, with an emphasis on knowledge of foreign languages,
  • improvement of the situation on the labor market - reduction of unemployment

Economic profile

Starogard Gdański will become a center of diverse industry and services, quickly adapting to the needs of investors and offering them attractive locations. Together with Tczew, Malbork, Sztum, Kwidzyn, the "Swarożyn" and "Ropuchy" junctions as well as quickly urbanizing rural areas, it will constitute the southern pole of the economic development of the Pomeranian region.

Modernization of international transport corridors will bring Starogard Gdański to Warsaw, Berlin and Kaliningrad. Transport connections with the Tri-City, Tczew and Kwidzyn - thanks to the highway, regional rail, modernization of provincial roads and construction of the bridge on the Vistula - increased mobility of residents. Economic entities and jobs related to distribution, logistics and modern industry will concentrate around the "Swarożyn" motorway junction.

An important strategic objective of the City and Commune of Starogard Gdański is the construction of a beltway that will lead transit traffic beyond the miasat borders