Istrian Development Agency (IDA)
The Istrian Development Agency (IDA) Ltd., from its establishment in 1999, plays a crucial role in the development of the Region of Istria. IDA was established as an operational body entrusted with the implementation of development projects and programmes of the Region of Istria.
The guiding principle of IDA’s founders – the Region of Istria and its nine towns – was to develop and implement measures for stimulating entrepreneurship, in order to increase the competitiveness of the Region of Istria.
Nowadays, IDA’s primary role lies in stimulating the development of small and medium-sized entrepreneurship in the Region of Istria by securing financial support, providing education and training programmes, developing entrepreneurial infrastructure, investing in research and development, providing information and advisory support to entrepreneurs, offering services to prospective foreign and local investors, and implementing different interregional and international projects aimed at creating a favourable business climate in the Region of Istria. The above mentioned is in accordance with strategic goals of the Regional Development Strategy (RDS), for which IDA was appointed the regional coordinator in 2010, implying its formation and implementation.
IDA was awarded the ISO 9001 Certificate for complying with the international quality management system standards in 2004. In addition, commissioned by the Region of Istria, IDA developed the Istrian Quality (IQ) mark, a visual sign certifying quality in 2005. The development of the IQ mark was in accordance with a systemic approach to branding of Istrian identity and the promotion of the Region of Istria and its economic benefits at national, European, and global level. The IQ mark is intended for products of proven quality, and as such it contributes to the development of local production, raising the quality of Istrian products and production technology, encouraging creativity and originality, as well as research and innovations.
The Istrian Development Agency will plan its future actions as a dynamic, flexible, innovative development agency oriented on the development of the Region of Istria, a competitive economic region providing high living standards.
Association of Technical Culture
The Association of Technical Culture is an umbrella organisation for technical culture in the City of Pula. It is dedicated to developing and promoting technical culture among citizens, particularly children and young people.
Amateur technical activities (technical culture) in Pula were first undertaken at the turn of the twentieth century when citizens started forming into various organisations. The Regional Commission "Technics and Sports" for Istria was established following the end of the Second World War and the 1947 handover of Pula, while the district council of "Narodna tehnika" Pula (People's Technics) was founded in 1950. The Association of Technical Culture Pula adopted its current name in 1994.
The primary objectives of the Community are:
- participating in educational activities,
- organising supplementary activities for citizens interested in science and new technologies,
- popularisation of scientific and technological achievements,
- organising manufacturing and technological activities and encouraging creativity in particular branches of the economy,
- assembling innovators and creators of technical improvements,
- assembling and organising experts and scientists specialised in natural and technical sciences.
The Association comprises the Centre for Technical Activities "Veruda" and the Centre for the Popularisation of Science and Innovation in the Region of Istria, both of which facilitate the accomplishment of goals established for students, i.e. the acquisition and building of additional competence in scientific and technical disciplines. The programmes carried out at the centres are geared towards talent-spotting and encouraging gifted students to get more actively involved in the scientific work in natural and technical disciplines.
The Centre for the Popularisation of Science and Innovation in the Region of Istria was established as a partnership with the Istrian Development Agency (IDA) and the Secondary Technical School Pula for the purpose of popularising natural sciences and research methodology. The Centre is used as a clusters by educational institutions of the Region of Istria.