MDI studied the organisation of business development services in Päijät-Häme region during the first half of 2018. As a result, a draft version of the report was handed out to clients. The report proposed that new business development companies be established in Päijät-Häme region. The Tourism Promotion Company has been preliminarily named, Visit Lahti and the proposal is to establish it on the basis of the existing Lahti Region Company. Visit Lahti’s main objectives include tourism promotion, marketing and sales in co-operation with SMEs and municipalities in the region with a special focus being placed on international connections. The Business Development Company has been preliminarily named, Lahti Business Region and the proposal is to establish it around the existing regional development company, Ladec. Lahti Business Region aims to provide advisory services in respect of the setting up of start-up companies and changing ownership in SMEs as well as acting as a platform for strategic development projects within the region.