Tirschenreuth
Mayor sees office relocation as a gain

Tirschenreuth mayor Franz Stahl (CSU) and state parliament member Tobias Reiß (CSU) see the relocation of the Office for Rural Development (ALE) from Regensburg to Tirschenreuth as a success story. “For Tirschenreuth and the entire region, the ALE is a building block in the mosaic of a breathtaking upward trend,” said Stahl on Wednesday. The office has strengthened purchasing power and demand from local retailers and service providers and is a hotbed for young talent in the region. Of the 148 employees in the office, only 19 are from Regensburg.

The Mayor of Tirschenreuth, Franz Stahl (CSU) and the member of the state parliament, Tobias Reiß (CSU), look into the relocation of the Office for Rural Development (ALE) from Regensburg Tirschenreuth as a success story. “For Tirschenreuth and the entire region, the ALE is a building block in the mosaic of a breathtaking upward trend,” said Stahl on Wednesday. The office has strengthened purchasing power and demand from local retailers and service providers and is a hotbed for young talent in the region. Of the 148 employees in the office, only 19 are from Regensburg.

The politicians were reacting to a study by the Ifo Institute, according to which the relocation of authorities is only partially suitable for reviving structurally weak regions. These regions are often not attractive enough for highly qualified new workers. An example in the study was the Office for Rural Development in Tirschenreuth.

The Bavarian Minister of Finance and Homeland Albert Füracker (CSU) said the agency shifts have been met with a positive response from everyone. The downward trend in population development in rural areas has stopped. “Around two-thirds of the jobs that have already been relocated could be filled in accordance with the express request of the local employees, and around a third were newly hired.”

dpa