Monthly Archives: May 2014

MDI continued sparring of the smart and green small cities in Finland

Small and medium-sized cities, of which there are about 40 in total in Finland, are in important role in national regional and urban structure. Their development is challenged by both industrial and public sector structural changes. Ministry of Employment and the Economy has launched a small pilot programme on the development of small and medium-sized … Continue reading MDI continued sparring of the smart and green small cities in Finland

MDI popped-up in Lahti

MDI collected insights on well being from entrepreneurs and inhabitants in a pop-up event in Lahti on Friday. The event focused on crystallising ideas and experiences related to the supply and demand of well being services to be further utilised in a building project in Lahti in the near future. Pop-up offered a tasting menu … Continue reading MDI popped-up in Lahti

MDI Think Bank: What is the 4th Generation of Regional Development Companies?

The main task of first generation of regional development companies in late 1980s was the fostering of regional economic development. In the second generation after Finland joined the EU in the mid-1990s to mid-2000s, the role of strategic and programme development became central. That was also the golden period of the development of functional urban … Continue reading MDI Think Bank: What is the 4th Generation of Regional Development Companies?

Internationalisation strategy for Heinola region

Heinola region is popular among Finnish tourists, but the number of international visitors remains relatively low. To increase the number of international visitors, MDI created a handbook of internationalisation for Heinola region. The handbook was created in co-operation with local welfare and tourism companies. It defines directions and strategy for internationalisation and traveller profiles. Implementing … Continue reading Internationalisation strategy for Heinola region