Plans for developing town centres

City of Iisalmi and municipalities of Lapinlahti, Sonkajärvi and Vieremä

Four municipalities in the Upper Savo region are seeking to boost their attractiveness and vitality by redeveloping their town centres. The city of Iisalmi and the municipalities of Lapinlahti, Sonkajärvi and Vieremä conducted a survey to generate thoughts and ideas for the development of services in their town centres from inhabitants, businesses and other stakeholders. MDI carried out an intensive survey process in the municipalities resulting in the creation of development plans for town centres in each municipality. Based on the desk study, the process culminated in “centre hackathons”, where the contents of the development plans were outlined. The work was finalised at the end of 2017.