City Centre Awards 2008
Petra Kärnä, Taito Pohjois-Karjala
Executive director Petra Kärnä was awarded for re-creating former Crafts Association into modern and vibrant Taitokortteli.
Yrjö Laakkonen, Veljekset Laakkonen Oy
Businessman Yrjö Laakkonen was awarded for building several estates in the city center, but especially for renovation of the pharmacist Olson's house in the row of old buildings on Rantakatu.
Eero Martikainen, Movera Oy
CEO Eero Martikainen was awarded for building an estate on Siltakatu. Also the new project for a hotel on Torikatu and especially the renovation on so called Surakantalo block has been significant. Decision to repair the old wooden building on Suvantokatu 2 has been meritorious with out doubt, because there are only few wooden houses in Joensuu. It will also certainly mean there is will and investments for development and evolving of the city centre.
Juha-Pekka Vartiainen, Joensuun kaupunki
Planning director Juha-Pekka Vartiainen's personal effect and activity has improved city centre related issues in positive way and has brought the civil servants as part of the open development of the city centre.