The Business Attraction Strategy for Northern Central Finland highlighted the importance of seamless cooperation between municipalities and actors in the region

MDI carried out  a regional placement strategy for the Development Company, Karstula-Region Oy. The aim was to highlight the attractiveness of the area in terms of business location. The strategy emphasises the importance of shared commitment and common rules. Remote workers and specialist entrepreneurs, whose work is location-independent, are seen as providing important new potential for the region. The area of operation includes Kannonkoski, Karstula, Kinnula, Kivijärvi, Pihtipudas and Viitasaari.

The work included detailed proposals for measures and future operating models, as well as new forms of cooperation, measures or tools for the coming years to support the growth and internationalisation of existing companies and attract new innovative companies and investors. Working towards external attraction and rankings is a long-term process while it was acknowledged that ‘quick wins’ are rarely available.

The strategy jointly defines the strengths, opportunities and new development openings and targets of the companies in the region which they specifically want to highlight. The strategy introduces a number of core aspects which are strongly highlighted through the platform and the communications approach supporting ‘Invest in’ operations. The main focus of the strategy is to attract new companies to support the operations of companies in the region, with bioeconomy at the forefront of the marketing push. The essential content of the strategy is also to support the growth of companies operating in the region and to attract additional investments to the region.

A sustainable green transition is achieved by investing in the diversity of RDI activities – the AGDA project continues to work on this theme

AGDA is a Nordic development project funded by the Nordic Gender Equality Fund (NIKK). The project focuses on the opportunities that a greater focus on diversity and inclusion could create in the RDI-field, particularly in respect of green transition.

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MDI leads the co-creative process of developing, piloting and sharing practices for wellbeing in Sustainable Cities

The challenge bundle work is the cross-cutting co-development of the “Sustainable City” programme, co-ordinated by the Ministry of the Environment, with the aim of producing and sharing information, knowledge and solutions to the challenges linking cities’ management and practice in the area of leading work towards sustainability. The work produces concrete development measures, new ways of doing things and peer learning.

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A new project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture will explore multi-locality from the point of view of companies and their employers: is place-independence becoming the future norm of successful companies?

Although remote working and place-independent work have already been examined extensively from both the public administration implications and individual perspectives,…

Read more A new project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture will explore multi-locality from the point of view of companies and their employers: is place-independence becoming the future norm of successful companies?