From a Swedish perspective, Gotland is a living/lively/vital rural region with belief in the future and a strong external brand, nationally as well as internationally, often connected with high quality and untouched nature. However, nature and cultural resources can be used in a better way to further strengthen economical growth. One challenge is to create sustainable growth through the three important pillars: socially, economically and ecologically.
Through broad cooperation between non-profit, private and public sectors, through innovative approaches and through exchange with different performers nationally and internationally including science, community-led local development will make a difference in the long-term strive to make Gotland a better place for many more.
The vision states “Gotland – together - for sustainable growth, involvement and zest for life becomes so much better!” The overall goal for the Gotland strategy is “Smart and sustainable growth for all”, which is part of the EU 2020 strategy for growth. Gotland has potential to contribute to the European competitiveness, however it is important to make use of that potential for all levels, not the least when it comes to the power that lies within the people who live and work around the island.
The Gotland strategy comprises all four European funds and integration between them will be used to widen the perspectives within social, economical and ecological areas. A comprehensive view will make it possible to secure synergy effects and better use from invested project funding. The leader office will for example have continuous reconciliation with other regional development actors. The relative regional proximity on Gotland and the broad approach with participants from all three sectors throughout the strategy development, gives us good possibilities to secure those synergy effects.
The analyses behind the strategy points out some general areas like sustainable entrepreneurship, preconditions for living and working, conditions for an attractive environment in the near-by surrounding area, social community and possibilities for having influence regardless of individual ways and means, as well as adaptation to an energy-saving and climate neutral economy.
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