Enterprising villages 2020 

Rural Development Plan 2014 - 2020 for LAG JyväsRiihi area 


LAG JyväsRiihi operates in the middle of the Central Finland region. The operating range covers the rural surroundings of the region's capital Jyväskylä: rural areas of the City of Jyväskylä, Municipalities of Laukaa, Muurame and Uurainen. 


The area is a home to over half of the region's population. At the end of year 2012, the surface area of LAG JyväsRiihi was 2,300 km² and it was home to 165,000 people, some 56,000 of whom live in the countryside.


The operating area of the LAG JyväsRiihi comprises over 50 very active rural villages, many of which have new young residents. It is vital for the development of the villages to engage new residents in shared activities. The area is experiencing strong growth and is the regional centre for education and business activities. The rural area hosts a lot of diverse and nimble small businesses that operate in the multiform small-scale industries and services such as care, well-being and tourism services in particular, and some traditional agriculture and forestry.

 Rural development in our area aims t0:

  • strenghten and renew entrepreneurship 
  • build up the community and cooperation in rural villages 
  • enhance the environment and comfortability of the rural areas


All the main aims are combined to previous objectives, which are 

  • activating the youth, 
  • enhance the vicinity and the local resourses, 
  • interaction between the the city and rural areas and 
  • transnational cooperation.


Transnational cooperation


The area of the LAG JyväsRiihi comprises resources, innovation and operating models that are worth offering to the world. Some budget will be reserved for transnational cooperation in the next funding period.  

The themes of international co-operation: 

  • the villages and companies can find new ideas for the development and marketing of services and products as well as new networks and customers; 
  • promoting sustainable development, recycling and local-food thinking; 
  • arranging events related to international competence, organising study trips, promoting people exchange; 
  • and reducing prejudices between cultures.