Ampelokipi - Menemeni
Due to the passing of the main road and railway ways to the city of Thessaloniki, the municipal community of Menemeni features limited residential development, and, compared to other western Municipalities, has few urban residential areas. This urban area is connected to the municipal community of Ambelokipoi, which is fully developed residentially. it is estimated that the new Municipality has approximately 90.000 residents.
Locals are employed mainly in the secondary and tertiary sector. The municipal community of Menemeni hosts large factory facilities, wholesalers. The municipal community of Ampelokipi is largely commercial, with many carriers and numerous entertainment options.
For the implementation of its cultural program, the Municipality has numerous places and hosts a multitude of cultural events. The Municipal Community of Menemeni features the Indian cemetery. This was used for the burial and cremation of the Indians enlisted by the British for the enforcement of the Allies during WWI. The Municipal Community of Ampelokipi features the Allies’ cemeteries “Zeitenlick”, which hosts the tombs of the victims of the allied forced of Greece during WWI.
To meet the sporting needs of citizens and clubs there are various open and closed sports areas, as well as open areas of free exercise. The Municipality implements various sports programs for children, adults, seniors, as well as exercise for the Roma, as well as special programs for people with chronic diseases, kinetic and mental disabilities.
The social service of the municipality provides supportive psychosocial services, with a personal and family counsel, as well as information on social welfare issues, while under its supervision a clothing bank operates, where clothing, shoes and toys are offered for free to the bank and are given to socially vulnerable citizens. As regards employment, the Municipality operates the following:
- information office for the unemployed and companies, which directs and helps unemployed citizens aiming to their advancing in employment
- youth entrepreneurship support structures
With the operation of the long-term strategic planning, the Municipality has managed to upgrade education, facing the problems of school premises and succeeding in the single shift operation of all schools. Furthermore, various adult and student training programs are organized, promoting lifelong learning, environmental conscience and aiming at the improvement of parent-children relations.