Collaborator: Region Västerbotten//Sweden
Region Västerbotten is a co-operative body which is responsible of regional development in Västerbotten County. Västerbotten County Council and the county’s 15 municipalities established Region Västerbotten 1 January 2008. Region Västerbotten is a political organisation which is responsible for regional development issues and regional growth.
Region Västerbotten’s main mission is to focus on the county’s growth and development. Region Västerbotten aims to increase the attractiveness and create the best possible living conditions for the county’s citizens. It is the intention that this will lead to a positive regional development that creates employment, good access to education, leisure and culture, a good living standard and good public services. Examples of responsibilities are to monitor and influence the processes and decisions at EU and national level that affect the region and to manage the county’s growth strategies and development priorities.
The main activities of Region Västerbotten are regional development planning, business and entrepreneurship, tourism energy, environment and climate, expertise and training, transport infrastructure and communications, information technology and communication, renewal of public services, international engagement and community work.
One important task for Region Västerbotten is also to co-ordinate the regional development plan in the county and the Regional Growth Programme (2010) for Västerbotten County. The Regional Development Plan 2009-2013 defines the goals and prioritised strategy areas for future development of the region. The plan is divided into five strategy areas:
- Contribute to nature, health, an attractive urban environment and good living conditions;
- Development of trade and industry;
- Skills and labour supply;
- Accessibility and infrastructure; and
- International co-operation and social responsibility contact.
Region Västerbotten is the collaborative part of the Swedish MCP Broker part together with Intercult