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 regions in Finland. From late 2000s to this day, the capability of leading and running networks has become a success factor. According to MDI, now it is time for passion-driven fourth generation, where the most important asset of development companies is the capability to light fire to people and keep up enthusiasm for development. MDI invited Finnish Regional Development Companies to a Think Bank, where highlights from previous phases and principles for fourth generation were generated. 

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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