Cities and municipalities are seeking new position in the turmoil of public sector reform. MDI is helping the town of Kauhava, Finland in designing new strategy for the town. During the 10-month strategy process, an online survey will collect ideas about the future from inhabitants and interest groups, personal interviews will be arranged to leading civil servants and politicians, two rounds of strategy discussions will be organised to Kauhava’s management team and development committee, discussions with interest groups will focus strategy’s content and a strategy seminar will be organised to town council to be elected in spring 2017. As a result, thoughts will be summarised in a compact strategy document. The strategy will be finalised at the end of October 2017.