Advancing digitalization means that the work we do is less and less bound to a specific location. People can do much of their work online, which means that the necessity to work on site is regressing across many sectors. Different and flexible ways of working ensue. For municipalities in rural areas, this can forebode entirely new opportunities as the advancement of digitalization has completely disrupted the relevance of geography.
The prerequisite for a nice spot in which to work out in the country is an established infrastructure. Alongside new ways of being well connected to the office, mobility and logistics also require reinforcement. Public transport can be more easily optimized using digital tools. Intelligent mobility chains can relieve commuters, reduce normal traffic and strengthen a location. So-called bedroom suburbs—those areas where inhabitants live in the municipality, but who work outside of it—can profit immensely. In order to develop “smart” solutions, however, sound knowledge and data of the current situation in such municipalities and regions is crucial.