DEVELOPING PUBLIC SERVICES IN GROWING AREA
The City of Mo i Rana with 26 000 inhabitants, is currently having a very positive challenge: We have a received a serious inquiry from a company wanting to establish 2500 new jobs in our municipality. The company Freyr As want to establish a giga battery factory producing battery cells for the European car industry.
Main obstacles: How to dimension public services such as public infrastructure, schools, housing areas, areas for new industry, city planning in light of an extraordinary industry establishment
Existing solutions: Our main focus have been to be a professional host city/municipality – meaning connecting Freyr As to other development actors in our region, including energy companies, other industry, R&D actors and regional authorities.
Nordland County Council have funded a feasibility study and we are now in dialogue about funding a main project helping our city to be a good host city.
Freyr As have received initial funding from Innovation Norway.
What would happen if the problem is solved?
Consequences might be capacity challenges for the municipality, both as local authorities and as a local development actor.
After the problem is solved, our city will be better organized for even further development. New industry establishment, will probably have very positive ripple effects.