“The province of North Karelia has tremendous expertise and a well-functioning cooperation model that creates solutions for many challenges, also internationally,” said Katja Väyrynen, education expert of Riveria and specialist in Edupark. “Our network values the development of education, business-institution-research cooperation in ensuring the know-how for future, and the development and implementation of technologies. We train responsible experts and developers for the future – all together.”
The launch event, organized by Team Finland and partners, brings together speakers from all over Finland, Maine and Michigan. The event is co-organized with the Eastern Finland region, which hosts a hub of expertise in both research and business within the forestry and bioeconomy sectors.
“Michigan’s creative collaboration with Finland will build on our longstanding, shared heritage and enable us to work together to create new opportunities in the sustainable forest bioeconomy,” said Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Not only will this partnership allow us to share knowledge and expand markets, but it has the potential to mitigate climate change. I want to thank leaders in Finland and Michigan who have made this collaboration possible.”
“These working groups will leverage the culture, insights, strengths and resources of Finland and Maine to strengthen our respective bioeconomies, advance innovative wood construction like Cross Laminated Timber, and enhance the health and sustainability of our forests in the face of a changing climate,” said Maine Governor Janet Mills. “I look forward to our continuing conversations and the results of our shared efforts to build a greener future based on trade, investment, research and development and commercial activity between our regions.”
For more information, please contact:
Head of Bio & Circular Finland Program
marika.ollaranta (at) businessfinland.fi
+358 50 480 4611
Counselor, Climate Policy & Green Economy
Embassy of Finland, Washington D.C.
heli.hyypia (at) formin.fi
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