SND puts equal emphasis on environmental protection, and has adopted a series of measures to control air and water pollution. Coal-fired boilers under 35 T/h have been almost closed down. Dredging of 28 rivers, with a length of 32.7 km, has been completed. The quality rate of drinking water has reached 100 percent. As one of the first national green industrial parks, SND has added and renovated green areas of 2 million square meters, with greenery coverage reaching 46 percent. Furthermore, the district has built 176 cooperative economic organizations and 2.36 million-square-meter projects for rural development. The collective revenue of villages on average is over 8.25 million yuan, a year-on-year increase of 8.1 percent from 2016 to 2017.
SND has planned and implemented 33 key reform tasks, advancing nine integrated reform measures and four national pilot reform programs. The promotion of structural reform on the supply side helped enterprises and society generally relieve fiscal burdens of 3.3 billion yuan. The reform of approval procedures and business registration (such as provision of an all-in-one business license) also has brought multiple benefits. About 96 percent of approval items are finished online. The number of newly-added companies and registered capital has risen by 26 percent and 21 percent.
Apart from standardizing reports on important matters and review of the board of supervisors, SND has introduced an annuity system and salary system of responsible persons.
Meanwhile, with focus on an open economy, the district has seen 21 percent growth in import-export value and attracted 14 new foreign-funded projects. The emerging industries took up over 45 percent of the foreign capital. The integrated free trade zone became the province's first designated inland port for meat imports. The quantity of shipments on the Sino-European (Suzhou) railroad ranked top in the country. The Suzhou-Yancheng Coastal Cooperative Development Zone has attracted 15 projects above 100 million yuan.
The income of district residents has steadily improved thanks to the district's efforts in local enrichment. Social spending accounted for over 70 percent of the general public budget expenditure, and per capita disposable income of urban and rural residents increased by eight percent. To optimize the assurance system, SND launched implementation suggestions and a system of poverty alleviation. The basic medical insurance and critical illness insurance rates came to 99.98 percent and 99.95 percent. The efforts also included construction of 770,000 square meters of resettlement housing, building and renovation of 20 schools, two hospitals and 10 care centers, and provision of 46 nursing care beds for every 1,000 elderly people. To maintain social stability, public officials have frequently visited grassroots areas, solving social contradictions and avoiding hidden dangers.