Green industries have a given place in societal development in Skaraborg, and there is an established collaboration between public organizations and companies. This appealed to Sofie Skalstad, who now runs a project developing tomorrow’s emergency food supplies.
When Sofie Skalstad attended Ultuna University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, she had planned to move back to Jokkmokk after graduation. But after studying as a rural development agronomist she became aware of all the green industries in Sweden, and Skaraborg caught her attention.
“I was born in Skaraborg but had lived in Norrbotten for 10 years before moving to Uppsala to study. The course I studied combined natural sciences with social sciences and focused a great deal on the role of project manager. When I began to understand just how many green industries there are in Skaraborg, and how big a part green industries get to play in regional development work here, the decision to move here was easy ,” says Sofie.
Today, Sofie works as Rural and business developer in Grästorp’s municipality. She describes her work as very varied and a typical day might include everything from arranging a business fair for local youth to visiting a community center to discuss how the premises could be made use of by more people. But running projects with a focus on green industries is what Sofie prefers to do most.