Local Government and Entrepreneurship07.12.2022
Under the leadership of the Local Government in Keila Municipality on the 8^th of June 2017 a conference took place in Laulasmaa focusing on “Collaboration of Local Governments and Entrepreneurs: How to Achieve more Prosperity and Economic Growth in Estonia”. At the center of the debate was the possible collaboration of local governments and entrepreneurs in developing the business environment. The existence of employment opportunities and the competitiveness of businesses are directly influencing the economic development and the prosperity growth in the region. The Republic of Estonia faces a decline of the workforce as well as an ageing population. The achievement of economic growth with a smaller workforce creates the need to deal with the productivity of businesses and the growth of a competitive advantage. In the course of the conference, answers were sought to the questions, which factors are to be prioritized when supporting businesses and which are the appropriate measures for their advancement, taking into account the economic developments in Estonia, the European Union and beyond. It was discussed which support and environment local governments in cooperation with the entrepreneurs can offer to raise the standard of living for the people and how to grow the interest and knowledge of the stakeholders to implement the development potential of Keila municipality. The conference included presentations by: Jaan Alver, Keila municipality leader, Virve Jõgeva, GLAMOX HE AS management, Siim Kallas, former vice-president of the European Commission, Heiti Hääl, Alexela Group chairman of the council and Aare Tark, attorney at law and president of the Union of Estonian Family Enterprises. Geomedia consultant Rivo Noorkõiv helped to prepare as well as moderated the conference.