Economic Development Forum 2023 Igniting Innovation

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From the energy and cost of living crisis to climate change, cities are using local economic policy to equip themselves with the tools to tackle global challenges. The Eurocities Economic Development Forum 2023, hosted by Helsinki, will explore how cities across Europe are boosting entrepreneurship, skills, and innovation to create a socially just transition to a green future.

9.00–9.40 Keynote on the EU’s skill and attraction policies 
Anita Vella, Head of Unit, Legal Pathways and Integration, DG HOME, European Commission (remote) 
Kristine Langenbucher, Head of Unit, Employment and Skills, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions & Cities 
Moderator: Denise Wall, Founder of Wallcomms Oy

9.40–10.30 Local skills and attraction policies 
Panel debate on challenges and potential avenues for local workforce development and attraction. 
Markku Ignatius, General Counsel and Public Affairs, Supercell 
Markku Lahtinen, Director, Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce 
Linda Ozola, Vice Mayor, City of Riga 
Lena Forsgren, Lead for Skills and Workforce Development, City of Stockholm 
Moderator: Denise Wall, Founder of Wallcomms Oy

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