Station moves residents

Station moves residents

Busy discussions, planning and construction in the entire city area. How diverse the tasks and challenges of the municipality are, made clear the remarks of city hall chief Jurgen Kohmann at the citizens’ meeting in the foyer of the Adam Riese Hall.

Around 40 interested citizens, who had come despite the sunny weather, listened to the mayor, who painted an all-round positive picture of the town. Thus, he let it be known that the number of jobs in the city area increased by another 100 in 2016 compared to 2015. He is also pleased with last year’s record result of over 634,000 overnight stays.

After years of consolidation, the city council agreed on the already announced record investment of over nine million euros for 2017. According to Kohmann, the debt level is expected to increase from 17.923 million euros (end of 2016) to just under 20 million by the end of this year.
But there is also a lot going on in the city area, according to his remarks. Kohmann went into detail about the extensive renovation of the St. Anna Catholic kindergarten, which will be reopened in May, and about the renovation and barrier-free expansion of the Adam Riese School. Kohmann described the measures in the course of the fire department requirement plan as an “important investment in the safety of the citizens”. He is looking forward to the blessing of the new appliance house in Kummersreuth on 14 September. May and lent its hope expression that the equipment house new building in Uetzing still experiences its groundbreaking this year.

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Top manager encourages coburg

Top manager encourages Coburg

94 percent of the companies in Germany that are considered “hidden champions” are not in the top league are rather unnoticed market leaders, but are very successful and, above all, innovative, are already older than 50 years. In principle, that’s a good thing, says former top manager Thomas Sattelberger. The bad thing, however, is that in return only six percent of the hidden champions are younger than 50. “We have a real problem in the start-up and reproduction phase”, he stated on Friday evening as a guest speaker at the IHK zu Coburg. In order for Germany not to lose out to the USA and, above all, China, it needs “a new dynamic both in the companies and in the regions, as well as in the national economy in general. “We need renewal, We need start-up companies to make a quantum leap in innovation,” said Thomas Sattelberger.

But how can we succeed in encouraging well-educated university graduates to set up their own businesses?? Ideally still in a rather rural area such as Coburg and not in one of the already prospering metropolises? Thomas Sattelberger, who has worked for Daimler Benz and Lufthansa, among others (see CV at the end of the text), has the idea of “digital freedom zones” for this or “special economic zones develops. These should be clearly defined regions – possibly also for a limited period of time – in which start-ups are helped in a special way. For example, Sattelberger could imagine deregulation of various regulations, including labor law, as well as privileged framework conditions. Example: A start-up could not have to file a tax return for three years. Basically it is about the best possible support “so that experiments and innovation are possible”.

Above all, more dynamism would be needed in the “MINT” sectors-area, which stands for mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology. Currently, only 8.3 percent of all startups in Germany would be STEM-related – the other 91.7 percent would be tattoo parlors and organic food stores. “But that doesn’t bring our country any further”, Sattelberger, who describes himself as a “man of clear words”, said understands.

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These four bring books to life

These four bring books to life

The fascination that reading can exert is demonstrated by the annual reading competition for schoolchildren, which has been held since 1959. On Friday, Annika Schneider from the 5c became the new reading queen of the fifth grade of the RS I.

Annika Schneider’s victory at the Maximilian-von-Welsch-Realschule qualified her for the regional finals. The bookworm prevailed against strong competition: Marlon Roder (5 a), Kamea Stephens (5 b) and Louis Murrmann (5 g).

Annika entered the race in third place and eventually made the cut. Although her competitors – the respective class winners – were also able to convince with their reading skills, she deservedly prevailed in the end. The jury used a point system to evaluate reading technique, interpretation and, in the case of the well-known text, also the choice of text passage.

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