Tag Archives: economic development

Monday, August 31, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Council eyes September for EDC creation, with S. Congress and music venues as priorities

City Council is expected to vote next month to approve the legal documents that would create an economic development corporation, or EDC, that many members see as a remedy for threatened arts spaces, housing for the homeless and other real…

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Austin may get an economic development corp.

City Council appears to be moving cautiously toward creation of a local economic development corporation that would be totally separate from the city but governed by a Council-appointed board of directors. People unfamiliar with such entities may naturally wonder why…

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Workforce startups targeting gaps between workers, training programs

Last fall, Adam Chasen started looking at the many difficulties and inefficiencies Austin’s workplace training ecosystem has with linking up with prospective workers looking to move into higher-paying careers in fields like information technology and manufacturing. It became the mission…

Monday, March 12, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council wants action on city-owned vacant lots

City Council is looking to more than a dozen city-owned properties as opportunities to provide affordable housing, arts spaces, parkland and economic development, in some cases looking to emulate past developments on public land, such as Mueller and Seaholm.City staff…

Monday, February 26, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Accelerator targets gap between businesses, middle-skill workers

Middle-skill job growth, specifically Austin’s problem of matching longtime residents with jobs in growing industries, is the next target for the Impact Hub social improvement accelerator.The hub, which operates from sites in North and South Austin, is taking applications through…

Friday, September 8, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Could Austin be prime location for Amazon HQ?

To hear the Austin tech community talking on Thursday, it was a foregone conclusion that online retail giant Amazon will become Austin’s largest employer and have a major physical footprint here within the next decade. That prediction came about following…

Friday, January 2, 2015 by Mark Richardson

Houston plans to be strong advocate for District 1

District 1 Council Member-elect Ora Houston says that while her new office will be downtown at City Hall, she does not plan to become a stranger back in her Northeast Austin district.“One of the things I have found is that…

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Policy could ban incentive recipients’ tax protests

On Monday, City Council Member Kathie Tovo told the Austin Monitor that she has asked city staff to prepare language for a policy that would have the effect of making recipients of City of Austin economic development incentives agree not to…

Monday, August 11, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Economic Development Department changing perceptions, funding

Changes are coming to Austin’s Economic Development Department this year, with a new source of revenue and a plan to change the public’s perception of its mission.As the FY2015 budget cycle gets into full swing, the city is in the…

Friday, January 24, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council members skeptical over incentive deal for AthenaHealth

Austin City Council members Thursday expressed no small amount of skepticism about an economic development incentives deal that would bring a new AthenaHealth Research and Development facility to the former Seaholm Power Plant. Concerns – mostly from Council Members Laura…

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Mark Richardson

Austin may be competing with Phoenix for new Apple facility

Phoenix and Austin could be in competition again, this time in a race to lure Apple to manufacture computers in a local facility with the possibility of hundreds of jobs and millions in economic development to either region.   An…

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