In 2016–2020, development measures in the Vaasa region are steered by the regional vitality strategy "Vaasan seudun elinvoimastrategia", which was approved by the regions' municipalities in the spring of 2016. The aim of the strategy is to improve competitiveness through a joint aim of enhancing the vitality of the region. The four cornerstones of the strategy are internationally competitive businesses, global know-how, viable business environment and attractive services.
Vaasan seudun elinvoimastrategia (in Finnish; in Swedish)
Vaasa is one of six cities in Finland that have been selected to conclude a growth agreement with the central government. The purpose of the growth agreement is to provide a better basis for economic growth and competitiveness, and it covers the period 2016–2018. The region's agreement includes three focus areas: strengthening of the international competitiveness, development of digitalisation and innovation environment and creation of a national competence cluster in the gas sector. VASEK has participated in the preparation of the Vaasa growth agreement, in the implementation of projects as well as in financing projects included in the agreement.
Vaasa region's growth agreement application (in Finnish)
Regional innovations and experimentations (AIKO)
INKA - Innovative cities
The aim of the programme that was started in 2014 is to create internationally attractive innovation clusters in Finland based on top-notch talent. Vaasa has the national responsibility of the theme Sustainable Energy Solutions. VASEK has participated in the preparation of the Vaasa program and in financing its projects.
Vaasa region's application Sustainable Energy Solutions (in Finnish)
Information on the INKA-programme
VASEKs role in regional development comprises
- regional strategies and programs
- projects with separate funding administered by VASEK (e.g. AIKO, European Regional Development Fund, Botnia-Atlantica, rural development programme)
- Counterpart funding allocated by VASEK for development projects carried out by other organizations
- VASEK participates in various projects as a partner, member of executive and working groups or in other tasks and also with no financial contribution.
List of ongoing business and development projects in the Vaasa region (June 26, 2017; in Finnish and Swedish)
Finished projects (June 26, 2017; in Finnish and Swedish)