Vidzeme planning region lies in the North East of Latvia and it is the biggest of the planning regions according to its territory. It covers 15 257 km2 or 24% of the territory of Latvia. There are 25 local municipalities (novads) and one city – Valmiera. The number of population in the region is around 240 thousand. The Vidzeme Planning Region (VPR) was established in 2006. The main goal of VPR is to ensure regional planning and coordination, as well as cooperation between municipalities and different governmental institutions. VPR provides planning services on national, regional and local level. VPR mission is to coordinate and promote long-term and well-balanced development of the Vidzeme region by providing effective services to local inhabitants, NGOs, entrepreneurs and municipalities.