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An inductive, qualitative content approach and participating co-creation were used to establish the Road Map for Sport, Experiences, and Well-being 2030 framework for the Päijät-Häme region of Finland. The themes of development are: With the development of conditions and infrastructure towards versatile and accessible actions; With digitalization towards effective accessibility; With the shared brand message towards an excellent customer experience; and With strong expertise towards seamless cooperation. The framework illustrates business development, sustainable solutions, dissemination and internationalization as cross-cutting perspectives. Furthermore, it provides regional guidelines for long-term collaborative development work; the identification of new synergies; the development of the sport, tourism and well-being business; and the strengthening of systematic and experimental innovation. It is a comprehensive regional plan for social interaction, and political–administrative decision-making and practice in Päijät-Häme. The framework can be used in other regions in a cross-administrative way to identify the specific characteristics of a region, highlight competitive advantages and outline the excellence of stakeholders.
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The framework of the Päijät-Häme Sport,
Experiences, and Well-being Road Map 2030
Ilkka Väänänen, Kirsi Kiiskinen & Kati Peltonen
To cite this article: Ilkka Väänänen, Kirsi Kiiskinen & Kati Peltonen (2021) The framework of the
Päijät-Häme Sport, Experiences, and Well-being Road Map 2030, Regional Studies, Regional
Science, 8:1, 420-424, DOI: 10.1080/21681376.2021.1989325
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The framework of the Päijät-Häme Sport, Experiences,
and Well-being Road Map 2030
Ilkka Väänänen
a
, Kirsi Kiiskinen
b
and Kati Peltonen
c
ABSTRACT
An inductive, qualitative content approach and participating co-creation were used to establish the Road
Map for Sport, Experiences, and Well-being 2030 framework for the Päijät-Häme region of Finland. The
themes of development are: With the development of conditions and infrastructure towards versatile
and accessible actions; With digitalization towards effective accessibility; With the shared brand
message towards an excellent customer experience; and With strong expertise towards seamless
cooperation. The framework illustrates business development, sustainable solutions, dissemination and
internationalization as cross-cutting perspectives. Furthermore, it provides regional guidelines for long-
term collaborative development work; the identication of new synergies; the development of the
sport, tourism and well-being business; and the strengthening of systematic and experimental
innovation. It is a comprehensive regional plan for social interaction, and politicaladministrative
decision-making and practice in Päijät-Häme. The framework can be used in other regions in a cross-
administrative way to identify the specic characteristics of a region, highlight competitive advantages
and outline the excellence of stakeholders.
ARTICLE HISTORY
Received 23 March 2021; Accepted 16 September 2021
KEYWORDS
Smart Specialisation; regional innovative capacity; competitiveness; business development; digitalization;
cooperation; sustainable solutions; internationalization
INTRODUCTION
This paper presents a comprehensive and multidimensional spatial visualization of the frame-
work of the Päijät-Häme Sport, Experiences, and Well-being Road Map 2030. Based on the
Smart Specialization Strategy (RIS3) this co-designed graphic identies the future growth
areas and strengths of the Päijät-Häme region of Finland in sub-areas such as sports, physical
activity, well-being, tourism, culture and experiences.
RIS3 is a regional development strategy initiated by the European Union to improve the
competitiveness of its member countries and regions (Srivastava, 2020). The core idea is that
each region discovers and identies the research and innovation domains that entail the most
potential for a region to excel (Lopes et al., 2019). Thus, RIS3 strategies vary with regional con-
ditions and it has been dened by the European Commission (2020)asa place-based approach
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(Corresponding author) ilkka.vaananen@lab.
aLAB University of Applied Sciences, Service Innovations for Health and Wellbeing/Faculty of Social and Health Care, Lahti, Finland.
bLAB University of Applied Sciences, Service Innovations for Health and Wellbeing/Faculty of Social and Health Care, Lahti, Finland.
cLAB University of Applied Sciences, Service Innovations for Health and Wellbeing/Faculty of Social and Health Care, Lahti, Finland.
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characterized by the identication of strategic areas for intervention based both on the analysis
of the strengths and potential of the economy and on an Entrepreneurial Discovery Process with
wide stakeholder involvement. It is an evolution of regional innovation systems that brings
together businesses, higher education institutes and local authorities to cooperate in prioritizing
targeted research and innovation investment in the region (Lopes et al., 2019). RIS3 is a com-
bination of industrial, innovation and education policies that advises to identify and choose a
restricted number of areas to prioritize for knowledge-based investments. Its goal is to focus
on the strengths and comparative advantage (Srivastava, 2020).
The research question of this study was expressed as follows: How can the framework of the
Päijät-Häme Sport, Experiences, and Well-being Road Map 2030 be visualized and what does
it look like?
THE PÄIJÄT-HÄME REGION
As Päijät-Häme region, and especially the city of Lahti, is renowned for winter sport and excel-
lent sport facilities. Sports and experiences has been one of the RIS3 priorities in Päijät-Häme
since 2018 (The Regional Council of Päijät-Häme, 2017). It combines several sub-areas, such
as sports, physical activity, well-being, tourism, culture and experiences. Each approach stems
from various regional strategies and policy documents. The goal of the Päijät-Häme region is
to strengthen the tourism and well-being industry through place-based policy work and partner-
ships. To do so, a quadruple helix collaboration is necessary to bring together public authorities,
academia, industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and citizens to create a vision and
road map for the development activities for the coming years.
Päijät-Häme offers an internationally interesting operating environment for the develop-
ment of smart and sustainable solutions and business. There are two sport, experiences and
well-being-related statements in the Lahti City Strategy 2030 ( n.d. ):
We will create new jobs by offering the city as a development platform for businesses, and increase
cooperation in the area in the top themes of innovation activities (environment, design, digitalization
and sports), and we will strengthen the sport, culture and event offering in Lahti.
METHODS AND TECHNICAL EXECUTION
The development process of the graphic involved several iterations. To dene Vision 2030, and
the development themes and their goals, multiple methods to include the stakeholders were
used: two push-to-web online questionnaires (n= 817), ve thematic group interviews (n=
16) and two workshops (n= 61). In addition, the feedback of the denitions of themes was col-
lected from citizens (n= 88). A review of several background strategies and programmes was
implemented, and ve regions were benchmarked to outline the cross-cutting perspectives.
In addition, the global future scenarios were regarded in a regional road map context with
the cooperation of the scenario specialists (n= 2). Inductive qualitative content approach and
participating co-creation with the online virtual bulletinboard (Padlet) were used to establish
the framework by the project group (n= 6) and evolved with two graphic designers. The graphic
was made by the industry-standard vector graphics Adobe Illustrator
®
software.
THE FRAMEWORK OF THE ROAD MAP 2030
The framework of the Päijät-Häme Sport, Experiences, and Well-being Road Map 2030
(Figure 1) implicates the expectations and regional guidelines for long-term collaborative
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development work; the identication of new synergies; the development of the sport, tourism
and well-being business; and the strengthening of systematic and experimental innovation.
In the centre of the graphic is the Vision (Päijät-Häme is an attractive and internationally
interesting competence hub and innovator of sport, experiences and well-being). Each of the
four coloured rectangles represents one of the development themes, which is connected to its
description and goal with the matched coloured lever. The initiatives of the themes are pre-
sented in Table 1.
The stakeholders of the Road Map 2030 include actors from public sector, business, edu-
cational and development organizations, and civic society. To keep the graphic applicable in
use, the numerous actions and identied parties were introduced on the open-access digital plat-
form of the Road Map 2030.
1
The schedule and the responsible parties of each actions can be
found on the platform from pages 417. At the moment, the contact information of regional
actors is presented in the Finnish version the Road Map 2030.
2
The framework of Road Map
2030 takes into account the European research, development and innovation networks, for
example, The European Platform of Sport Innovation (EPSI). In addition, the four cross-cutting
perspectives of the framework, such as business promotion, sustainable solutions, communication
and internationalization, are illustrated in the larger rectangle surrounding the themes.
CONCLUSIONS
This study and the co-designed graphic illustrate a comprehensive regional framework for social
interaction, politicaladministrative decision-making and practice of sports, experience and
well-being in Päijät-Häme, Finland. The research and graphic process can be utilized in
other regions in a cross-administrative way to identify the specic characteristics of each region,
highlight competitive advantages and outline a future perspective based on the excellence of
Figure 1. The framework of the Päijät-Häme Sport, Experiences, and Well-being Road Map 2030.
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regional stakeholders. To sum up, the framework of Road Map 2030 reconciles the vertical pri-
orities of promoting and managing sport, tourism and well-being, incorporates dynamism, and
combines the needs of local people with multidisciplinary expertise.
Overall, to distil the composition of key elements, and to visualize them clearly in an
understandable way in one extensive and multidisciplinary graphic was challenging. To pro-
gress, the usability and added value of the Road Map 2030 will be assessed and updated reg-
ularly. The governance and management of the Smart Specialization Strategy in Päijät-
Häme belongs to the Regional Council of Päijät-Häme, and the mandate to coordinate
the regional cooperation between stakeholders related in the RIS3 priority of sports and
experiences has been given to LAB University of Applied Sciences with the close collabor-
ation of Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd and all regional municipalities. The good
conditions, know-how and geographical location of Päijät-Häme provide the basis for the
versatile development of the region in the elds of sports, physical activity, well-being, tour-
ism, culture and experiences.
NOTES
1
See https://indd.adobe.com/view/b5a222ff-7af9-4964-b778-cbf528a00798/.
2
See https://indd.adobe.com/view/03ac6b57-af1d-4dae-a476-5e5796c30ee5, pp. 2-5.
Table 1. The initiatives of the Road Map for Sport, Experiences, and Well-being 2030 in the Päijät-
Häme region of Finland.
Theme
With the
development of
conditions and
infrastructure
towards versatile
and accessible
actions
With digitalization
towards effective
accessibility
With the shared
brand message
towards an
excellent
customer
experience
With strong
expertise
towards
seamless
cooperation
Initiatives Reviewing facilities and
places and enabling
their usability
Reviewing and
utilizing digital
environments
Creating a vision by
utilizing attraction
factors and trends
Reviewing the
know-how and
operations of
organizations
Reviewing and
developing natural
attractions
Creating a shared
digital platform
Reviewing customer
needs and
recognizing growth
potential
Building
cooperation
networks
Utilizing water areas Improving the
availability of
information and
digital competence
Building a shared
brand message
Deepening the
cooperation
between different
educational levels
Identifying user and
customer groups
Developing the
prerequisites for
innovations and
commercialization
Visibility of marketing
communication at
different levels
Utilizing networks
in project and
research
operations
Creating a
communication
channel
Data collection and
knowledge
management
Developing service
packages
Networks as
promoters of
business
Supporting business Utilizing and
supporting
student potential
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DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
No potential conict of interest was reported by the authors.
FUNDING
This study was supported by Sustainable growth and jobs 2014 - 2020 - Finlands structural
funds programme, approved by the European Commission (https://ec.europa.eu/regional_
policy/en/atlas/programmes/2014-2020/nland/201416m2op001). The managing authority
was Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy [grant number EURA 2014/9231/
09 02 01 01/2019/UML].
ORCID
Ilkka Väänänen http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0413-5239
Kati Peltonen http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3847-137X
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