By Publisher Lee Kyung-sik with Feature Editor Kim Hyung-dae
Mayor Kim Chang-gyu of the Jecheon City said, “I have one dream. Our goal is to make the Jecheon City the most prosperous city in the Republic of Korea!” Speaking on the occasion of assumption of his post on July 1, Mayor Kim said, “A prosperous city is a city of hope with a dynamic economy, where citizens can work vigorously and feel happy in their lives.”
Then he said: “Today, I set out to create a dynamic and new economic city, Jecheon. The road ahead will not be easy for us, but with a humble and bold heart, I make five promises to the citizens.”
In introducing his city, Mayor Kim says:
Jecheon-city widely known for the fresh wind and bright moon. Our city has superb natural landscape with pure water and greenwood, and our city is famous as a health city.
Especially, we have various rich tourism resources including the Yuirim-ji Lake which was established in period of the Three Han Kingdom Period, ‘Oriental Alps,’ Worak Moutain National Park', the 'Bakdaljae' Hill, the scenic 'Cheongpung Lake', the Geumsu Mountains, and many more.
Also, we hold 'international oriental bio Expo' to help make good health and longevity, and from this, we are trying to make 'successful economic city'. If you come to Jecheon, you can keep a beautiful memory. If you come to Jecheon, you can live a healthy life and you can get vitality, and you can fulfill your dream of longevity.
Jecheon city in North Chungcheong Province city is also a major railway junction or a transportation mecca, served by the Jungang, Chungbuk and Taebaek Lines. Jecheon has scenic surroundings and a good number of tourist attractions like the Uirimji Reservoir, Cheongpung Lake and Cheongpung Cultural Properties complex. It is also the home of Semyung University.
The city's name derives from the Korean words Je (a dam) and Cheon (a river)
Jecheon is located in the northern part of North Chungcheong Province bordering Mungyeong City to the south, while Wonju City and Yeongwol-gun, which are located in Gangwon Province, are to the north.
Jecheon is well known for its mountains and lake environments. Jecheon is also well known as the "healing city."
A wide variety of traditional medical and herbal products and therapies are available, attracting people all over Korea to visit the city.
The 10 famous views of Jechon are: The Uirimji Lake, Bakdaljae High Land, Worak-san Mountain, Cheongpoong Lake Cultural Town, Hoban (Lakeside) Geumsusan Mountain, Yonghagugok, Songgyegyegok Valley, Oksun-bong Peak, Taksajeong Pavilion, and Baeronseongji Sacred Site.
Excerpts from the speech of Mayor Kim:
Dear 130,000 Jecheon citizens of the Jecheon City!
And all the distinguished guests from home and abroad and also 1,200 public officials who joined us today!
First of all, I bow my head and express my gratitude to the great citizens of the Jecheon City who have allowed me to stand in this glorious place. Thank you so much.
I sincerely thank the citizens for giving me a precious opportunity to work for the development of the proud Jecheon City and a great responsibility, and I will never forget that this comes from the heart of the citizens of the Jecheon City.
I have one dream. Our goal is to make the Jecheon City the most prosperous city in the country. A prosperous city is a city of hope with a dynamic economy, where citizens can work vigorously and feel happy in their lives. Today, I set out to create a dynamic and new economic city, Jecheon. The road ahead will not be easy for us, but with a humble and bold heart, I make five promises to the citizens.
First, we will foster a vibrant and hopeful local economy.
During my tenure in office, I will create a new growth engine while creating jobs by attracting KW3 trillion in investment. In connection with this, we will accelerate the promotion of the Fifth Industrial Complex along with the creation of the Fourth Industrial Complex, and develop Jecheon as a specialized city for foreign companies.
Investors, please come to Jecheon! We will do our best to help you invest successfully!
In addition, we will do our best to attract public institutions by preemptively responding to the Yoon Suk-yeol Government's second pledge to relocate public institutions to local areas.
In addition, we will establish the Jecheon Trade-Investment Promotion Corporation to help develop export markets for local products, and we will make efforts to promote our city as a hub city for youth entrepreneurship in the northern part of Chungcheongbuk-do Province so that local youth can enjoy more benefits.
Young Entrepreneurs! Come to Jecheon with your dreams! Let's dream together and cultivate success!
Second, we will complete a stay-type cultural tourism city where you can enjoy and stay longer.
We will maximize the value of our city's tourism resources and continuously develop new sights, attractions, and food to make Jecheon a place where you want to stay longer and visit again.
We will build a luxury park golf course in the region step by step and promote it as a core project for fostering stay-type tourism in connection with the local tourism industry.
In addition, we will actively develop unique tourism resources with attractions and things to enjoy, such as the Yongducheon Restoration Project, the Seoul Arts Center, the establishment of a Hanok (traditional Korean house) village near Uirimji, and the creation of the Baeron Seongji-Bakdaljae pilgrimage route, and the Cheongpung Lakeside recreational tourism complex and the view of Oksunbong and Gudambong.
We will further expand tourism resources in the southern region utilizing the beautiful scenery such as the installation of a small island.
Third, we will promote a healthy welfare policy in which no one is left behind.
We will create a happy and prosperous city where the public values are properly realized, filling the shortcomings of our citizens in need.
We will actively promote consumer-oriented policies to overcome the low birth rate, such as the establishment of a public postpartum care center and psychological care services for pregnant women, and systematically promote a convergence welfare support policy tailored to the disabled, as well as support for school expenses and hygiene products for the vulnerable, so that no one is left behind.
In addition, we will gradually prepare for an ‘Era of 100-year-old Longevity’ for the senior citizens to live a lively daily life, such as raising the monthly support amount for free lunch support for senior citizens and expanding jobs for senior citizens.
We will actively expand public medical services that are lacking. We provide essential medical services such as cardiovascular centers and severe trauma emergency treatment centers that citizens need by considering various measures such as attracting public medical centers, providing public medical services using private hospitals, and designating responsible medical institutions after collecting opinions from local medical personnel. I will do my best to make it happen.
Fourth, we will create an advanced rural area where farmers are happy and prosperous.
We will work together with farmers and livestock raisers to find a variety of efficient ways and come up with ways to help the agricultural administration sector.
By creating an agricultural environment for the production of high-quality agricultural products, we will secure agricultural competitiveness to secure the self-sustainability of farmers and improve productivity.
Fifth, we will implement smart and creative production administration centered on citizens.
We will try to avoid the show-type consumption administration and promote a productive administration that is essential and beneficial to citizens.
For the satisfaction of the administration, the satisfaction of the beneficiaries, not the public officials, is important. We will boldly reform and readjust unnecessary regulations and provide the best service through friendly administration centered only on citizens.
In addition, we will energize the organization through free communication within the organization and spread smart and creative administration, and we will make an active effort so that citizens' voices can be reflected in municipal administration by operating a citizen-centered municipal administration evaluation group in which various ordinary citizens participate.
In addition, I would like to address the public officials.
In order to create a new Jecheon, the power of public officials as well as citizens is absolutely important, and innovative thinking and practice that boldly break free from stereotypes, outdated thinking and selfishness are required.
I have no doubts in the abilities of the public officials.
Please perform your duties with an active and positive attitude, starting with the way to do it rather than the reasons why it cannot be done. I will lead by example. We promise to create an atmosphere in which public officials can show their full potential, and a rewarding public service atmosphere that is evaluated only by their work and abilities.
Great citizens of Jecheon!
The promises I made earlier will never be easy to achieve. But let's challenge them together. Let's work together to create a 'dynamic and new economic city of Jecheon'. Together with the city council, we will work together to develop Jecheon with the citizens in the center.
Please stand with me at the center of the new municipal administration for the 8th popular election!
Dear citiens of Jecheon, we, the Jecheon people, have potential. I hope that you will be the main role player in creating ‘Jecheon, a dynamic and new economic city’.
Citizens! Thank you again. Stay in the best of healthy. And be happy with your family.
July 1, 2022
Mayor Kim Chang-gyu of the Jecheon City
Brief resume of Mayor Kim Chang-kyu:
Date of birth: November 1, 1958
Graduated from Jecheon High School
Graduated from Korea University in Seoul with a BA in Government Admonition
Political party affiliation: People Power Party (ruling)
Present post: Mayor of Jecheon City, Chungcheongbuk-do Province
Passed the 18th Foreign Affairs Official Examination
First Secretary at the Korean Embassy in Beijing
Chief of Personnel System Section at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Korea
Chief of the Frist Section at the European Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Counsellor at the Korean Embassy in Germany
Minister-Counsellor at the Korean Embassy in Moscow
Minister at the Korean Embassy in Belarus
Korean Ambassador in Kyrgyzstan
Korean Ambasador in Azerbaijan
Korean Ambassador in Georgia
Guest professfor at Semyung University
Chairman of Management-Operation Committee of Old Peoples' Hall at the Jecheon City
Director at Overseas Korean Nationals Research Institte
Vice Chairman at the Foreign Affairs & Trade Committee of the People Power Party Central Committee