New life was breathed into the administrative district idea at the jubilee meeting of the Farmers' Society in Korpilahti in 1891. The opening speaker claimed that Central Finland differed from the rest of Finland in terms of its nature, people and manners and was therefore naturally meant to be a separate administrative district. In the same year the proposal was again presented to the Diet. The project progressed smoothly until the Czar declared that the rights of the Diet should be reduced, which meant that any legislation concerning new administrative districts was forbidden.

In 1894 the Folk High School of Central Finland was founded in Äänekoski (Suolahti). An important railway connection from Haapamäki to Jyväskylä was completed in 1897, significantly improving the transport situation in the area, which was further enhanced by extensions to the local road network. Wood processing industry sprang up in various places such as Jämsä, Jämsänkoski, Jyväskylä and Äänekoski. The effects of industrialisation were reflected in the economic life of the area and spelled affluence for the province.