TWIN CITY HELSINKI-TALLINN: BIGGER, SMARTER AND CLOSER THAN EVER?

MONDAY 27 MAY 2019
TIME: 10.30-13 (13-14 LUNCH)
EMPIRE ROOM, ALEKSANTERINKATU 20, HELSINKI

 

The twin city development of the neighbor cities Helsinki and Tallinn has been a topic for discussions and various projects since late 1990s. In spring 2018 the Mayors of Helsinki and Tallinn signed a joint memorandum and agreed to work together especially in four priority areas: 1) mobility of people and goods, 2) services for non-residents, 3) competitiveness and marketing of the region and 4) well-being of the Baltic Sea.  In this seminar the priority topics 1-3 for collaboration will be discussed from the academic and practical perspective: What do we know already? What have we achieved? What needs to be done to achieve the strategic goals?

 

Coffee is served at 10-10.30

Welcome!

Marja-Leena Rinkineva, Director of Economic Development, City of Helsinki

 

Helsinki-Tallinn twin city development: on the agenda again 

Outi Jäppinen, Senior Advisor/City of Helsinki

Toomas HaidakHead of Strategy Unit/City of Tallinn

 

PART I

REGIONAL COMPETITIVENESS: TWIN-CITY BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES?

How to develop the competitiveness of the region together?

How do the companies choose their locations?

 

Investment motives of Finnish multinational companies in Estonia  

Tamas Lahdelma, Researcher/City of Helsinki, Robust research project

 

Services for companies and startups in the Hel-Tal region

Valdar Liive, Business Advisor, Newco/City of Helsinki

 

PART II

AN INTEGRATED TWIN-CITY: MOBILITY WITHOUT BORDERS? 

How do residents and businesses use the region in their everyday life?  

Do we still have borders and barriers between the cities?  

 

Tracing Cross-Broder Mobility Between Finland and Estonia Using Big Data and Mobile Phone Roaming Datasets 

Siiri SilmResearcher/University of Tartu

Olle Järv, Researcher/Institute of Urban & Regional Studies and Digital Geography Lab/University of Helsinki

 

Smooth Travels and Speed Bumps – Impact and Lessons Learned from FinEst Smart Mobility Project

Suvi Hänninen, Project Manager/City of Helsinki

 

PART III

THE UNSHAPED FUTURE

What is the future vision for the Helsinki-Tallinn region? Who creates the future?   

 

Finest TWINS: Building a Smart and Sustainable Talsinki as a Prototype for Europe and the World

Ralf-Martin Soe, Research Fellow and Smart City Lead/ Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, TalTech University  

 

Closing remarks

 

13-14           NETWORKING LUNCH 

 

Register by 20 May 2019: https://response.questback.com/helsinginkaupunki/fehnrbxgzi

 

Organizers: City of Helsinki and Urban Academy