The surrounding conditions for the development of small cities and rural villages have changed dramatically in the recent decades. This change will continue rapidly in the next years.
The far-reaching structural change has a huge impact in the agricultural sector and the consequences of the demographic change can be seen everywhere. More houses are getting abandoned especially in the centers of the municipalities and young people often emigrate to other regions but mainly cities. Thus, the skilled labor shortage in the region of the Streutalallianz is increasing.
The development of the rural areas in Bavaria is based on many factors, e. g. the growing social and political concentration in congested areas or the cancelation of club activities and associations. The most important factor lies in the competition between cities and regions for governmental financial aid.
There are two ways to handle this situation: To resign or to take action and work for a better future for the Streu Valley.
Since 2014 our eleven local authorities have been working together to found the communal alliance: Streutalallianz e. V. They partnered with the Amt für Ländliche Entwicklung Unterfranken (ALE Ufr., Office of Rural Development Lower Franconia) and the Regierung von Unterfranken (Reg. Ufr., Government of Lower Franconia) to establish the Integriertes Ländliches Entwicklungskonzept (ILEK, Integrated Rural Development Concept).
With the concept finalized, the real work has started because the planned projects have to be implemented in the whole region. Now we, the eleven local authorities, have to work together to provide even more efficient structures and to solve our problems. We all know that we have our work cut out for us but we love to design our future so we may live here as long as we wish. Our eleven local authorities are pleased to hear your ideas on future projects.
With the booklet on the right side we like to introduce you to our communal alliance the Streutalallianz e. V. On the following pages you can learn in depth about our mayors and their cities and villages, how the Streutalallianz e. V. was started, and the Integrated Rural Development Concept (cf. chapter 4). After that we will tell you more about our projects and our ideas for the future.
Am Brunnen vor der Grenzlandhalle in Fladungen machten die Bürgermeister der Allianzgemeinden zusammen mit Allianzmanagerin Gertraud Kokula (Zweite von rechts) und den Gästen, Regionalmanagerin Ursula Schneider (vorne Mitte) sowie Michael Kuhn vom Amt für Ländliche Entwicklung (oben Mitte), eine kurze Sitzungspause. Foto Georg Stock