The city and its participations

If you want to understand where and how the city of bad kissingen influences the livelihoods of its citizens, you have to consider more than just the administration in the town hall and the building yard at lindesmuhle. The city performs many tasks outside the traditional municipal structures. In companies in which she has a stake or which she even owns outright: gewo, stadtwerke gmbh, staatsbad gmbh, the companies surrounding the grunderzentrum, baderland bayerische rhon and the GEG real estate development company.

On wednesday, the administration reported to the finance committee of the city council on the development of these investments in 2018. The result: although there are ups and downs over the years, as with all business, the district association is still in a good shape. But all in all, the town hall is satisfied with the development of the companies in that year. An overview.

Gewo: the city holds a 75 percent share in the public housing company gewo, the rest is held by the savings bank. According to gerhard schneider, the city’s chief executive officer, gewo’s purpose is to contribute to a secure and social supply of housing. The earnings situation in 2018, according to schneider, is "assessed as satisfactory". The income from building management had fallen in 2018 due to renovation work in one property and modernization of apartments. The balance sheet total rose to 15.14 million euros, while the balance sheet profit fell by 180,000 euros to 447,000 euros.

bookseller thalia goes new ways

The german book trade is losing readers. In the past five years alone, he has lost around 6.4 million customers, according to data from the booksellers’ association borsenverein.

Germany’s largest bookstore chain thalia won’t stand idly by and watch the trend continue. Thalia boss michael busch therefore announced in dusseldorf a realignment of the chain, which operates nearly 300 stores in germany, austria and switzerland. Bookstores are to become much more of a meeting place than before, with cafes, reading areas and play corners for children, but also with a variety of events.

The bookseller hopes it will be able to compete more effectively with other media offerings from youtube to netflix, which are increasingly successful in vying for consumers’ scarce time. "One in four no longer reads at all. That’s what we want – and need – to change," said busch.

Baby boom in the regiomed clinics

In 2019, more children were born in the regiomed group than in years: a total of 2450 boys and girls were born in the hospitals of the regiomed clinics in coburg, hildburghausen, lichtenfels and sonneberg – that's 86 more babies than in the previous year, according to the hospital group.

And this positive trend has been apparent for some time now: within the last five years, regiomed has recorded an increase of around 200 births.

All-round care

The hospital group also sees this baby boom as a sign of the "excellent work of the gynecology and obstetrics department at regiomed". More and more women, also from the surrounding counties, decided to give birth in one of the regiomed clinics. The young mothers particularly appreciated the familiar atmosphere and the personal support on site – whether in coburg, hildburghausen, lichtenfels or sonneberg. Thanks to close cooperation with the pediatricians at regiomed's medical care centers – for example, in the case of prenatal examinations – mother and child received professional all-round care close to home even after the birth, without having to travel long distances for it.