Aerial view, observational view of the Mioni business park, large area, buildings
An observational image of the carbon-neutral Mioni business park.

The city creates conditions for businesses

25.4.2021 04:26
"Getting new companies to Imatra is not a magic trick, but requires long-term work."

Imatra needs new jobs. Therefore, the city must create the conditions for business activities in the area, current and future.

- At Imatra, Yrityspalvelut wants to have a one-stop shop principle, so that an entrepreneur starting or moving doesn't have to run behind many doors. From the city's plot and space options, potential companies are offered the most ready-made options possible, the city manager Kai Roslakka says.

This especially requires closer cooperation between the urban development responsibility area, the Imatra regional development company (Kehy) and Mitra.

Ecosystem jobs

Imatra is involved in the new Ecosystem Agreement with Lappeenranta, LUT University and the Ministry of Labor and Economy. One purpose of the cooperation is to start the carbon-neutral business park Mioni Industrial Park in Korvenkanta. The goal is that in 2027 there will be hundreds of new jobs in the region.

- Another Mioni park attracting businesses and jobs is pending in Pelkola. Nets have already been launched in that regard as well. The area would be suitable for battery processing operations, logistics and the hydrogen industry, Mitra's CEO Lassi Nurmi says.

─ The project will intensify cooperation with different educational institutions, because skilled labor is an important part of vitality, deputy city manager Kaisa Heino highlight.

Development boom underway

The biggest investment in Kehy's business services goes to development work.

- Recently, it has been great that companies are developing their operations, thinking about their networks and looking for partners. Corona has set in motion a development boom, the harvest of which we will see later, CEO of Kehy Antti Oravuo says.

The aim is to create new cooperation opportunities for local companies also with large industry. This would give small and medium-sized companies in the region opportunities to grow.

- We always strive for growth in all cooperation. 

Under Kehy's management, various business group projects are also implemented, where the entrepreneurs have their own goals and those shared by the industry.

- We have been starting the export of bakery products, for example, and tourism projects related to Vuoki are underway, Oravuo says.

One of Kehy's key tasks is also advising start-up companies.

Railway border, nature museum, Ukonniemi and Mellonmäki

The city has also intensified the monitoring of its own flagship projects. The city government wants a monthly report on how the number one projects are progressing.

The city's most important vitality projects are currently the internationalization of the railway border, getting a wilderness and nature culture museum in Imatra,

The development of Ukonniemi and the harbor area, the design of a new sports hall and the development of the cycling center Trail Center Mellonmäki.

- Getting new companies and increasing vitality is not a magic trick, but requires long-term work. We do that all the time, even if it doesn't necessarily show up in public, Roslakka states.

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