INNOVATIVE VILLAGE FAIR in Finland 16th of May, 2014

Innovative Village group in Tarvaala, Finland, in May

There was a lot to see and discuss about the good practices and projects of the Innovative Villages in Southern Estonia, North East of Northern Ireland, and Central Finland.  The Innovative Village Fair was a cooperative event organised as part of a study tour hosted by Jamk University of Applied Sciences and LAG Viisari. (Photo Joyce Ferder-Rankin, Portballintrae, Northern Ireland) 


Opening speeches by Arja-Leena Peiponen, LAG Viisari, and Pekka Äänismaa, Bioeconomy Campus at JAMK 

Irish presentation.  Estonian presentation. Finnish presentation

"What are successfull villages made of?"  Timo Rusanen, the manager of the Saarijärvi town (in English), and doctor of rural studies Kaisu Kumpulainen (in Finnish with slides in English)

A collage of the event made by Jani Pyykkönen, JAMK


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JAMK University of Applied Sciences
School of Business, R&D&I
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The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development


Innovative Village Transnational Leader Cooperation Project

The aim of Innovative Village was to enhance service production in rural areas.

The project has piloted and evaluated methods for stimulating locally produced services in rural areas and searched for new solutions to organise services in target villages. The work has been done together with the rural communities where their service ideas have been developed and tested during the project.

While developing the new service in the village the project  has also strengthened innovation skills, active citizenship and networks both nationally and internationally.

The transnational project started in October 2012 by a study tour and kick-off seminar in Northern Ireland. After that we have met in the Tartu Region in Estonia in May 2013, in the Jyväskylä Region in Central Finland in September 2013, and again in Northern Ireland in February-March 2014. The study tour hosted by LAG Viisari was held in Finland in May 2014. The common event 'Innovative Village Fair' got very good feedback.

The final study tour was organised in Tartu area, Southern Estonia, in 10.-13. September, 2014. The programme brought togehter the achievments of the project and produced ideas for the next transnational cooperation project.

The partners in Central Finland have made a video film. It was filmed during two days of the study programme hosted by JAMK University of Applied Sciences and LAG JyväsRiihi in May 2013. 

The transnational cooperation project has ended in October 2014. The project partners have written a common project report in the form of a book together. The book has been written in all three project languages: English, Finnish and Estonian. It can be found in the Internet in The publication includes a lot of photos of the project.  

Innovative Village