If you look at the newly created jobs, the picture also looks a little better: In 2020 around 40 percent of the jobs created by the new settlements with the help of “Invest in Bavaria” were in rural areas.
In terms of numbers, the Upper Bavaria administrative district is always clearly ahead: 73 percent of the business settlements supported throughout Bavaria and almost 39 percent of the newly created jobs were in Upper Bavaria last year, the rest in all other administrative districts combined. However, the imbalance was already somewhat weaker than in previous years.
Even if there is a little less bias towards Upper Bavaria, the general trend continues, criticized Hartmann: “Upper Bavaria, in particular the Munich metropolitan area, has long been overheating and is still being fueled by three quarters of all business settlements in Bavaria supported by” Invest in Bavaria ” 2019 and 2020. ” The state government ignores the enormous follow-up costs of its “failed location policy”: labor shortages, housing shortages, fantasy prices for rents and home ownership, extreme pressure on areas that is at the expense of forests, meadows and fields, said Hartmann.
In its answer to the Greens’ question, the state government emphasizes, among other things, that the services of “Invest in Bavaria” are “only one aspect of supporting the Bavarian regions”. Further measures, such as broadband expansion, regional funding and a regionally balanced research, technology and innovation policy “also contribute to the economic success of the regions”.
It was only on Thursday that Finance Minister Albert Füracker (CSU) declared that he wanted to attract even more companies to rural areas in parallel with the new relocation of authorities. International companies should also consider creating second locations and offices in another region. That is kind of an invitation.
The state government counts around 90 percent of the area of Bavaria as rural areas – and around 56 percent of the population live there.
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