The Espoo Story is our strategy. It tells us where we are coming from, where we are and what is ahead. It tells us what we appreciate, what we want to offer to our residents and clients. It describes our responses to global, regional and local challenges. Espoo is and will remain the most sustainable city in Europe. This is our goal.
We updated the Espoo Story together with residents, businesses, elected officials and the city personnel. The storytelling approach combined to the new visual look brings the strategy closer to everyday life, making it interesting and easy to understand.
The turbulence of change is affecting municipalities and regions. We address these forces of change through four cross-administrative development programmes that implement the Espoo Story. The programmes serve the city as platforms for experimentation and piloting. They bring out new ideas and development, lead to new kinds of cooperation, and breathe fresh air into our thinking and attitudes.
Our development programmes are Healthy Espoo; Inspiring, dynamic Espoo; Sustainable Espoo; and Participatory Espoo. Their goal is to fill Espoo with increasingly healthy and happy residents who are able and willing to participate in the development of their city. Furthermore, the programmes seek to make Espoo even more international, comfortable and attractive, while developing solutions that are economically, ecologically, socially and culturally sustainable.
Jorma Valve, Strategy Director