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Local Development Concept for the Municipality of Bad Peterstal-Griesbach

Few socio-political issues are currently discussed as frequently as demographic change and its consequences. Communities in rural areas in particular are already feeling the  effects of falling population numbers and ageing populations.

The municipality of Bad Peterstal-Griesbach (Ortenaukreis) has decided to confront the effects of the changed demographic  structure on housing quality and quality of life at an early stage – and to structure future local development actively and with  foresight.

The Steinbeis Consulting Center Regional and Communal Development at the Kaiserslautern University of Technology was  commissioned to develop a local development concept for the  municipality of Bad Peterstal-Griesbach, which is currently experiencing a period of demographic, social and economic structural  change. Based on surveys of the population, businesses, holiday- makers and recreational visitors, a model and targets have been  created for the future development of the municipality. In addition, specific measures and projects have been developed, and  proposals submitted for a local project management.

The municipality received numerous concrete project approaches in  a catalogue of measures. These ranged in scope from project proposals in the fields of housing and life quality, through transport  and supply infrastructure to recreation and leisure. The projects are grouped into measures that are to be implemented in the short, medium and long term, and into cost-intensive and low-cost schemes. The content of the development concept was formulated with  the involvement of the public through events, surveys and expert  debates.

Success depends very much on the expertise of the advisory team  from other national and international development projects and  on the demonstration and discussion of innovative approaches  to solutions.

Using the local development concept as a basis, the collaboration between the municipality of Bad Peterstal-Griesbach and the Steinbeis Consulting Center Regional and Communal Development will continue, so that the measures derived from the de- velopment concept can be put into effect over the coming years  in close cooperation with the inhabitants and local bodies. The  concept also gives the municipality an opportunity to attract  subsidies for putting the project ideas into effect.

Project Partners

  • Municipality of Bad Peterstal-Griesbach
  • Steinbeis Consulting Center Regional and Communal Development, Kaiserslautern 

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