Development priorities: Tampere Region

The regional strategy for the Tampere region 2040 "Rohkee – mutta sopii sulle!" ("Daring - but suits you!") was approved in the regional council on 28 April 2014. We want the Tampere Region to be smart, unbroken, sustainable and accessible. The first steps of the change for 2014–2017 have been visualised in our draft strategy as follows.

SMART: Smart specialisation and renewal of the structures of business and industry  Top fields of research: smart machines, health research, health and biotechnologies (spare parts for people and artificial senses), optics and photonics, signal processing.

Development policies:

  1. Of projects carried out by higher education institutions, we primarily fund only joint projects between said institutions.
  2. Growth and structural change are enhanced through the development of skills and expertise and by supporting innovation activities in companies and in research organisations and educational organisations (incl. ESF)
  3. With demand-driven enterprise support and development funding, support is given primarily to projects aimed at product development, growth, and internationalisation. Developing business skills establishes a foundation for growth.   ERDF funding will be used for the development of company activities in the Tampere region. Rural Development Programme funding will be used to support those parts of the region which surround its central area.
  4. The RDI resources of the region will be allocated to selected top research fields. Innovations supporting low carbon emissions are prioritised as measures to be funded.
  5. The emphasis in cluster activities is on thematics and crossing the boundaries between different sectors and technologies.
  6. The focus in the development resourcing of the transport network is in the development of the main highway network and the main railway line.

UNBROKEN: Everyday life of individuals, families and communities in the Tampere region
Main areas of research: health, well-being, social studies and security.

Development policies and guidelines:

  1. The measures to be supported must improve the well-being, community spirit, inclusion or security of residents of the Tampere region, first and foremost.
  2. A fifth of the ESF funding will be channelled toward preventative development measures which promote inclusion and secure jobs. These include the ITI city programme.
  3. In the development of mobile innovations, the attention of the financiers is especially focused on measures related to smart services and transportation that improved their level of user-centredness.
  4. Quality of living and the easy flow of everyday life, such as the flow of everyday transportation, the  functionality of chains of transport/study-work-hobbies; concretely: travel ticket arrangements (for example).

SUSTAINABLE: Sustainable use of natural resources and prospering natural and living environments. Main areas of research: the built environment, eco-efficient construction, the energy sector.

Development policies:

  1. The agreed-upon share of the resources of the region's structural funds and the Rural Development Fund will be allocated to different measures in line with the bioeconomy action programme (ITI programme).
  2. The only energy production projects to be supported are those which are based on renewable energy and new production methods and technologies.
  3. The ERDF funding aims to secure growth and competitiveness in such a way that priority is given to company and development projects that implement the low carbon strategy. This is done in order to reach the target share of at least 25%.
  4. Environmental thinking for companies and citizens. The bioeconomy and energy efficiency are to be made a part of the everyday lives of everyone: for instance, urban farming encourages understanding of the bioeconomy, all public lights are to be converted into low-energy lights. The resource efficiency of companies and new forms of energy: expertise and networks.
  5. New housing production is to be placed primarily into the existing community structure through supplementary building.
  6. New residential and business areas will not be placed detached from the existing structure. Significant new areas will be taken into use when it is possible to link them with the public transport system.
  7. The residential environments promote the health of residents; they are safe and pleasant.