||New opportunities for the region can be found at the intersection of sustainability and the spearheads mentioned above. As sustainability is a cross-cutting principle, it brings the region’s Smart Specialisation Strategy close to the S4 approach. At the same time, we must ensure economic continuity as traditional industries in the region strive for renewal. In practice all development actions must support our regional goals of circular economy and climate change mitigation.
||The region is one of the leading organisers of international sport events in Finland. Sports and recreation activities have an adequate business base and great potential internationally. The Päijät-Häme Region and the city of Lahti strive to be the sustainability forerunner in this sector in Northern Europe by 2030. Lahti SportsHub (https://www.lahtisportshub.fi/) aims at diverse environment for sports and an attractive destination for local tourism and events. Lahti SportsHub is a partner in the ClusSport network. ClusSport is the project consortium in the thematic area of sport of the Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation.
|Food and beverage
||This spearhead includes the food and beverage industry, restaurant and café business, creative activities related to food and beverage, and some parts of the tourism sector. The related primary production and RDI activities are also a key part of this spearhead. The Päijät-Häme Grain Cluster includes the entire production chain from raw material to the latest product innovations and innovative re-use of side streams. The Grain Cluster in Päijät-Häme (https://viljaklusteri.fi/en/an-evolving-cluster/) has brought together companies, primary production and RDI actors that are vital to the industry.
||The backbone of the region’s economic structure is a diversified industry. A strong group of family-owned, export-oriented companies and SMEs has kept the wheels of Päijät-Häme rolling. The industry in the region is undergoing structural change. Some companies have already modernised their production, but there is still room for progress, and at the same time for even more international potential. The whole value chain is developed in accordance with the green and digital transition to ensure better design, production and distribution methods. The RDI base of the manufacturing industry needs to be strengthened to gain international success in a competitive market for sustainable and innovative products.