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Mayor Koivisto aims to boost city's business policy

Timo Koivisto, Jyväskylä’s recently appointed Mayor, promises new initiatives in the city’s business policy. He says that new growth can be created by getting the main forces behind business in the Jyväskylä urban region – such as companies, business associations, educational institutions and state regional administrative bodies – working together more effectively.

”We need challenging targets that we’ve agreed on together, and we need concrete projects.The city’s new business development unit brings together the main business policy projects and employment related issues,” Koivisto says.

”The city promises more business meetups, smooth permit processes, attractive urban development platforms for company partnerships, commercial areas and networks, as well as company location services and active marketing.
Business policy will be a central aspect of my work as Mayor,” he adds.

For instance Jyväskylä and its most important urban development platforms were in the spotlight at the MIPIM exhibition, which was held in March 2015 in Cannes, France. The Kangas and Hippos areas, Sairaalanmäki and the development of the city centre were on display to around 20 000 real-estate and investment professionals.“The MIPIM exhibition in Cannes was an important opportunity to meet real-estate professionals. We got great new contacts from our pre-booked meetings and people we met at the exhibition. They have already led to some surprisingly good follow-up discussions,” says Anne Sandelin, Director of Business Development and Urban Planning Projects, City of Jyväskylä. This was Jyväskylä’s first time at the Cannes exhibition. Jyväskylä participated with other large Finnish cities on a stand organised by the City of Helsinki.

Timo Koivisto was appointed Mayor of Jyväskylä in November, 2014. He took up the post on 1st May, 2015. Koivisto was previously Jyväskylä’s Deputy Mayor for ten years. His predecessor, Markku Andersson, was Mayor of Jyväskylä for more than ten years before he retired.

Words by Tommi Salo. The article was orginally published in the Jyväskylä On the Move magazine Summer / Autumn 2015.

5.8.2015Satu Heikkinen

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