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12-Star City Ahmetbey

Dating back to the historical Thracians, Ahmetbey is one of the important settlement centers of the Marmara Region. It serves a total population of 15.000, including municipal activities, factories and businesses, industrial site, Family Health Center and Pharmacy, post office and ATM services, artisan variety and district bazaar and surrounding villages and towns. The economy of Ahmetbey is based on trade, agriculture and animal husbandry.

12-Star City Bagcilar Municipality

Bağcılar Municipality was established in 1992 and is a local government serving a population of 748,483. Bağcılar Municipality has developed and implemented its works on methods that facilitate human life since the day it was founded. It has built, realized and organized many service buildings, projects and events for women, children and young people in the district and it is continuing to perfom such activities. Also these groups have their own councils where they can represent themselves.

12-Star City Edremit

The municipality of Edremit, in Turkey, is located on the Aegean Coast. With its 34 kms of coastline covered with beaches and crystalline waters overlooking the stunning Gulf of Edremit, this precious center is included in the metropolitan city district of Balikesir. This area is a popular tourist destination for its natural beauties (Mount Ida), archaeological sites (Antandros settlement, necropolis) and Mediterranean typical gastronomy enriched with the renowned Edremit’s olive oil, the main ingredient of the exquisite regional cuisine. The several luxury thermal spas close to Mount Ida make this resort an excellent destination for tourist.

12-Star City Izmit

Izmit Municipality undertakes all local services effectively, efficiently and in harmony within its boundaries with its 980 municipality personnel. As a centre City municipality, it has several functions and responsibilities in health, Technical Affairs, Cultural and Social Affairs and environment. Izmit Municipality prepares many projects related education, culture, youth, disabled and disadvantaged people, children as a target group to ensure realization of all kinds developmental implementation. Also, it undertakes some duties and services for the investment aimed at human below: Izmit Municipality prepares many projects relating educational, cultural, woman, youth, old people, disabled and disadvantaged people, children and in sport fields and to ensure realization of all kinds developmental implementations. Izmit Municipality faciliates many decisions organs to chair their duties and services conferred with other civilian social instutions as a centre municipality. In addition, if we need to give some information about the municipality activities; Gölkaypark (Waterskii Center), EcoPark (Ecological Park), Child Rights School, Woman Social Life Center, History Hall, İzmek (Vacational Courses with 62 different branches). Izmit Municipality is the first municipality in its region, hosting and sending volunteers under European Volunteer Service Program and develops projects related to Youth Program. Izmit Municipality representatives also participated many international EU projects all around Europe and invited over 50 organizations to Izmit in several projects. We are also local relay of Eurodesk Turkey. As International Relations and EU Unit, we are organizing several conferences and trainings for young people to let them know about European opportunities. In a year app. than 2.000 young people benefit from these activities.

12-Star City Kadikoy

Kadıköy is a large, populous, and cosmopolitan district of Istanbul, Turkey on the northern shore of the Sea of Marmara, facing the historic city centre on the European side of the Bosporus. Kadıköy is also the name of the most prominent neighbourhood of the district, a residential and commercial area that, with its numerous bars, cinemas and bookshops, is the cultural centre of the Anatolian side of Istanbul.

12-Star City Kahramankazan

Kahramankazan is a rapidliy growing district located 30 km from the capital Ankara covering an area of 56 thousand hectares and comprising of a treasure of history, nature and culture. Together with the employment , the district population of 100.000 is the leading district of Ankara and the 37th most developing district in Turkey. In 2004 there were small scale industrial organisations in Kazan in addition to agriculture and animal husbandry. A 50 year development plan was prepared for the district in 2004. Today the district has become globally noteworthy for its large scale private and public investments.

12-Star City Keçiören Municipality

Keçiören is not only one of the largest municipal districts in Turkey, but it is also a leading municipality in terms of development, innovation and progress. Our goal is to offer the best quality and most up-to-date services to our residents. Administratively, we are focused on our residents’ needs. Keçiören Municipality manages its challenges in a timely fashion, generating effective and creative solutions with forward movement and an eye on the future, and delivering its services to everyone equally and honestly. With its location, dedicated green spaces, and many structures that are a focus of interest, Keçiören is a town that possesses numerous areas of interest that will attract anyone’s attention. Our greatest dream is to make Keçiören a capital of culture where future scholars, thinkers, artists, and collective hope for a better tomorrow will be nurtured. We carry a dream of a prosperous Keçiören for our youth and children as well. The first steps towards making our dream come true for all of our residents have already been taken: we have multiple cultural and educational centers which serve both children and adults, sports venues and facilities, parks and other green areas, environmental and infrastructural planning, schools, hospitals, and numerous other inventive projects. These tangible resources together with a culture of innovative leadership reassure us that Keçiören is already becoming a city of tomorrow.

12-Star City Rize

From 1924 onwards, Rize has been a province of the Republic of Turkey.Rize province is a province of north-east Turkey,on the eastern Black Sea Region Rize which lies on the northern side of the Black Sea mountain ranges has uneven and mountainous terrain. It has got a very narrow coastal strip, alluvial plains, and landfills, which has a significant place in Rize’s topography.The Population of Rize is 331.048 The economic structure of Rize is agriculturally based on tea production and tea industry.Fishery and forestry products also contribute to its ecomomy. Rize is famous for anchovy, Tea and Rize fabric which is made of linseed (flax).

12-Star City Zeytinburnu Municipality

Zeytinburnu Municipality which sets target as integrated to history, culture and economy of Istanbul; people are happy to live there, regenerative and renewed district is a municipality which prioritizes global values as politics, such as transparency, accountability, deliberative democracy, justice, equality in service, efficiency and impact; which are also accepted principles as globally exist or must exist in local governments. Zeytinburnu Municipality is going on her own works by prioritizing labors, unemployed people, tradesmen, women, children, young people, handicapped people and issues coming with migration; in this scope putting humanity to center of her operations; by adopting as principles deliberative democracy, respect to labor and social justice, living in peace and solidarity and equality in services. For this purpose city council works actively to ensure democratic participation.

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