The paper contains the results of regional studies conducted for the compliance of development projects with the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, and with a particular focus on innovative projects. The specific aim of the study was to analyze the projects for which contracts for co‑financing from EU funds have been concluded, and which are consistent with both the priorities of the Strategy, and the general objectives of the European Union up to 2020. The analysis was conducted in groups of projects corresponding to the objectives of the Strategy. The results of the study clearly showed the diversity (in terms of financial value and quantitative measure) of development projects at two levels of local government: district (powiat) administration and municipal administration, as well as the role of private sector activity in implementing innovations. Especially noticeable was strengthening of “self ‑government approach” to social issues, which are in the scope of an impact of the public authorities at regional and local level. Growing importance of the social services development coincides with the gradual decreas‑ ing of the scope of investments in technical infrastructure. Meanwhile the activity in the field of innovation focused clearly in the private sector units.