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FACC Minnesota: Building a Technologically Smarter Future

Once upon a time, Nokia was the largest cell phone manufacturer in the world, commanding a 48.7% market share in 3rd quarter 2007 of all phones sold. Their "flagship" plant was located in Salo, Finland, employing 5,000 people. As we all know, Microsoft purchased the hand held business from Nokia and eventually closed the Salo plant in 2015.

After the departure of its largest employer what does a small town of 53,000 people do? Salo chose to step up and look to the future. Welcome, the Salo IoT Campus.

Please join us for an informative discussion on how to

-retain your talent
-attract investors
-kick-start a new cycle of innovation and growth

Our panelists:

Mr. Lauri Inna, Mayor (City Manager) of Salo, Finland
Ms. Saija Karnisto-Toivonen, Chairman of the City Board, Salo, Finland
Mr. Juhani Nummentalo, Chairman of the City Council, Salo, Finland
Ms. Terhikki Lehtonen, International Relations Officer, Salo, Finland

The panel will be moderated by:

Elaine Kumpula, VP, FACC-MN
Jouko Sipila, Treasurer, FACC-MN

Building a Technologically Smarter Future (with IoT)

Co-Sponsored by:
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
City of St Anthony Village

Faegre Baker Daniels
2200 Wells Fargo Center 90 S. Seventh Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Event is FREE.
Due to limited seating RSVP is requested (please click here).
Please RSVP by Monday, August 6.

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St. Anthony Village Area Chamber of Commerce

Invites You to

Sister City Salo, Finland Business Delegation Reception & Social
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
2720 County Road 88, St Anthony Village
5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Please join the St. Anthony Village Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, August 8, at The Village Pub Patio to meet and welcome the business owners who are visiting from Salo, Finland, our sister-city since 1985. A free appetizer buffet will be provided.
Reservations are NOT required but it would be appreciated if you would contact us if you know you will be attending.  This allows us to better prepare for the proper number of guests.  Please contact us at

Thanks to The Village Pub for co-hosting this event.

Read more here.



About Us:
The Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Minnesota was founded in 2010 to promote business, financial, professional and trade relations between Finland and Minnesota. We are an inclusive organization which invites members and non-members alike to participate in our activities. While FACC MN is headquartered in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, we support business-related ventures throughout the Upper Midwest.

Join Us:
The Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Minnesota offers business and social networking opportunities as well as resources about trade with Finland. You can conveniently join us via PayPal on our website at