The future of the region Zagorje ob Savi began the very moment it became clear that the 250-year period of mining was once and for all over and that it would be necessary to transform the city from an industrial mining city into a well-developed European city of the 21st century.
With its deep respect for the past and unwavering vision for the future, in less than two decades, Zagorje ob Savi progressed so rapidly that it would be difficult to find a comparison with any city that found itself in similar circumstances.
The Slovenian network of highways criss-crossing the country provides convenient, fast and safe access to this city in the heart of Slovenia or heart of Europe seeing that the fifteenth meridian (which is the central axis of Central European Time) passes through Zagorje.
Networks of all sorts are of vital importance to each area - especially water networks and, after switching to alternative energy sources and environmentally friendly fuels, gas networks and let’s not forget about cable and telecommunication networks.
New apartments have been constructed over the past decade and many more will be needed as the population is continuously growing. This is partly due to the fact that many people immigrate here from elsewhere seeing that everything they need for a quality life can be found here. Interestingly, the number of births is much higher here than the country’s average number, which shows that people see a future here for the new generations. To illustrate: in 2008, there were 275 children in kindergarten and now, in 2011, there are already 625 children. Due to the renovation of existing kindergartens and construction of new ones, nearly all the families are provided with day care services for their children. There are also modern, well-equipped schools with gyms and there is a new sports hall for sports and recreational activities, complemented by a modern sports centre in Izlake.
There is also a year-round ski jumping complex and sledding track in Kisovec, which is quite well-known abroad since a number of representatives of the national ski jumping team and an Olympic medal winner in luge come from our area. The martial arts centre, which was created in the bathroom of a former mine, has now become one of the most modern centres in Europe. The renovated cultural centre and its activities is one of the most well-known ones in Slovenia and we are currently setting up halls for the purpose of amateur culture in rural areas. The city centre has a beautiful large park, which is in an idyllic green environment just a stone's throw away from the city centre; this is one of the largest recreational parks in this part of Europe and has been symbolically named “Europark”.
We, the people of Zagorje, are very proud of all this, but we have even more ambitious plans and a more optimistic vision.