Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała

Deputy Mayor for Economic Affairs, City of Gdynia
Deputy Mayor of Gdynia for Economy (since 2014). Graduate of law at the University of Gdansk, The School of American Law (UG/Chicago-Kent College of Law) and Leadership Academy for Poland. Responsible for city development strategy and economic policy. Directly supervises departments dealing with economic development and support for entrepreneurs, municipal buildings, promotion, tourism and social communication. She also manages the municipal units: Spatial Planning Office, Pomeranian Science and Technology Park, Municipal Transport Authority, Municipal Buildings and Premises Authority and Experyment Science Centre. A member of the Urban Land Institute and the Task Force for Urban and Metropolitan Areas of the Committee on National Spatial Planning of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the National Expert Council for Tourism. Initiator of the European Waterfront Cities Network, associating, among others, Amsterdam, Liverpool, Lisbon, Tallinn and Gdynia. Exercises the rights and obligations of the owner with respect to companies in which the municipality holds shares. Honoured with the title of Business Tiger (Tygrys Biznesu), for outstanding influence on the development of foreign investment of BPO and SSC kind in Poland. In 2019, she received an award from the ABSL for developing and supporting the modern business services sector. During her term of office, Gdynia was honoured three times with the title of “Polish City of the Future” in terms of economic potential and for its overall performance and second place in the ranking Global Cities of the Future 2021/2022 in the category FDI Strategy, Rising Cities, organised by FDI Intelligence of the Financial Times Group. In 2020, she was the only Polish woman to receive The Innovation in Politics award for Europe’s most innovative project of Gdynia support for entrepreneurs during COVID-19.
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