Co-creation and development through testing
The Co-creating the Future Jakobstad Region project (2013–2015) was realized in order to provide Concordia with a more stable foundation for activities. The focus of the project was the driving of development through co-creative activities, tests, the implementation of new methods and the systemization of the cooperation between networks in the region. The project received funding from the European Development Fund (EDF), the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia and Concordia’s owner municipalities.
Cooperative concept and visibility for Campus Allegro
Project Allegro was realized 2012-2014 when five educational institutions moved into the same campus premises, and in the project a focus was placed on visibility, cooperation and quality. The idea behind the project was to synergize potential, resources, ideas and activities in relation to Campus Allegro, the newly built campus. During the project the various educational institutions involved participated in activities not normally a part of their operations. Concordia developed the concept for the project, started forums and organized venues both within and outside the perimeters of the organization. The project received funding from the European Development Fund (EDF), the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia, Novia University of Applied Sciences and Concordia’s owner municipalities.
A common perspective on land use, traffic and housing (LHT) issues
The theme of this project (2011-2013) was improved cooperation around land use, traffic and housing (LHT) issues in the region, where municipalities and regional actors would agree on common goals and a basis for the protection of the region’s interests in relation to LHT issues. During the project a shared structural plan, Life Quality 2040, was realized. The project received funding from the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia and Concordia’s owner municipalities.
Testing of change-supportive measures
To support businesses, organizations and individuals in the creation of new development, change-supportive services and activities were offered through the GNISTRUM project (2011–2013). Through the project, several businesses, organizations and individuals in the region became acquainted with creative work methods and processes. The results included and ranged from the product development of a business to the development of organizations’ and associations’ activities to individuals’ personal development both at work and privately. The project received funding from the European Development Fund (EDF), the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia and Concordia’s owner municipalities.
Development of Karleby-Jakobstad airport
Functional air transport with good connections abroad and a flexible, accessible airport are important for the region’s globally active businesses. Of all passengers using the airport, 70 % are business travelers. Fast connections to the outside world provide an important competitive edge and contribute to the region’s success, and regional accessibility per flight is important to the region’s future vitality and attraction. The Karleby-Jakobstad airport development project (2008-2013) received funding from the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia, the Regional Council of Central Ostrobothnia, Kokkolanseudun Kehitys Oy (KOSEK) and Concordia’s owner municipalities.
The securing of access to social and healthcare services
The purpose of the VERA (Vårdentreprenörskap och regionalt ansvar) project (2010-2012) was to increase the diversity of service providers that complement the public sector in the production of social and healthcare services and promote favorable conditions for microenterprises in the sector. In rural areas the goal was to encourage the self-production of services in order to create opportunities for all age groups to continue to live a satisfactory life in their close environment. The project received funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), Aktion Österbotten (a local action group), Enterprise Dynamo, the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and Concordia.