MUNICIPALITY OF GRAČANICA
The archeological findings from the Neolithic period on the locality Korića Han (southern of Gračanica) confirm that Gracanica area has been populated since the early history of civilization. Based on the date of one medieval legal document, the Day of Municipality of Gračanica is established and celebrated on June, 2. The rapid development of the town of Gračanica started under the Austro-Hungarian rule and its connection with other parts of the country through the construction of modern road and railroads. Between the two world wars, Gračanica was important trade center of the county. After the WWII, Gračanica faced various problems (such as the regulation of flow of Sokoluša and establishment of other business branches). With three old religious buildings presenting the three main religions situated in circle of less than 300 m in the very center of the town, Gračanica has developed into the typical Bosnian town, open and welcoming to all people of brave and open heart, based on coexistence and tolerance.
Geographical Position [Top]
Gračanica municipality covers the area of 219.5 km2, accounting for 14.2% of the territory of the Tuzla canton or, 0.428% of the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gračanica municipality is located in the lower reaches of the river Spreča, in front of the Spreča field, at an altitude of 190 m, total area of 219 km2. The municipality borders the municipalities Srebrenik, Gradačac, Petrovo and Doboj Istok, located on the main road between Tuzla - Doboj.
Gračanica’s economy today consists of numerous small and large companies, based on the undoubtedly rich craft and merchant tradition that goes back far in history of Gračanica,
The economic structure of Gračanica today is made up of more than 400 legal entities (private companies, public enterprises and institutions) and about 6000 private persons (independent crafts and other activities).
There are about 1,000 businesses that can be divided into service and craftsmanship - production. Among dominant services are trade, catering and transportation, and manufacturing most of the construction, wood processing industry, plastic, metal-working, garments and footwear industry, food (poultry, livestock, fruit, vegetables and meat). From a total of 7279 employees in the municipality, in the economy (for legal entities and individuals) there is around 6600 (data from October 2006). Companies with most employees are: "Fortuna", "Olimp", "Jadrina" and "Širbegović".
Investment locations [Top]
"Business Zone Gračanica" is located along the main road Doboj - Tuzla and the local road Gračanica - train station Sočkovac.
The zone is designed in two phases:
Phase A = 20 Ha, and
Phase B = 30 Ha
Realization of buildings in the Stage A in a commercial zone is under construction.
All parcels are owned by "Širbegović" Ltd.
For the purposes of domestic and foreign investments in a commercial zone, there is space for the following purposes:
- Production and industry
- Storage and Distribution
- Research, development, education and design
- Data processing and IT support
- Business Center
- Children Day Care
- Recreation center.