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Urban development

After St. Pölten was named the capital of lower Austria in 1986, it developed into the commercial center of the central region of the largest Austrian province.

The provincial capital St. Pölten has more than 57.149 inhabitants and extends across an area of ca. 108 km²; many branches of the regional public authorities have their seat here, as well as economic enterprises, organizations and associations; it furthermore meets regional central functions for economy, health and social affairs, culture, education (e.g. location for Fachhochschulen/advanced technical colleges), research, innovation, information and communication.

The basis for positive development was a prospective concomitant urban development planning concept for St. Pölten. The objectives for the development of the entire city were specified within the regional urban planning program (1992), based on the new role of the provincial capital of Lower Austria, and the altered political structures during the early 1990s. 

The basis for sustaining a lasting high quality of life is a prospering economy, adequate energy supply, efficient waste management, an environmentaly friendly transport system, as well as humane living and work conditions.

Creating favorable location factors for business and commerce is one of the main priorities, which reflected in a successful growth of employment figures from ca. 32.000 to 53.734 gainfully employed individuals.

European development with the enlargement of the European Union and the resulting central location of St. Pölten – in the heart of Europe – is one of the emphasized topics.