1.4.2014 Helsinki-Hämeenlinnna-Tampere corridor speeded up with MDI workshops

The development corridor running north from Helsinki via Hämeenlinna to Tampere (so called HHT-corridor) in Southern Finland is strongest development zone in Finland. Its strength has been recognised in planning for decades, but now it’s also functional on a daily basis for companies and people located along corridor. Development ideas for practically functional everyday life are searched in two MDI workshops: 11th April in Hämeenlinna in transport theme and 6th May in Tampere in Smart City theme. In the latter workhop, MDI has a pleasure to co-operate with Mr. Eero Holstila, former economic development director of Helsinki and grand-old-man of urban policy in Finland. Workhops are ordered by HHT-project, run by former mayor of Janakkala Ms. Anna-Mari Ahonen, now HHT project manager in the city of Hämeenlinna. 

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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