Tag Archives: Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Addressing affordability no easy task in Austin

During last week’s speech on the state of the city, Mayor Steve Adler identified issues the city has been grappling with, including defeating Covid and homelessness. He also pointed out the next big issues the city must tackle in order…

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Local leaders say Samsung deal could boost middle-skill jobs

As city staffers continue to work behind the scenes negotiating an economic incentive package with Samsung to bring a $17 billion manufacturing operation to Austin, some local leaders see the deal as a large positive step for increasing so-called middle-skill…

Thursday, February 4, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Adler praises planned talks on homelessness, pushes for clear timeline

In a presentation at Wednesday’s annual meeting of the Austin Chamber, Mayor Steve Adler praised a soon-to-be-announced partnership between the group and other local organizations around plans to address the city’s homeless population. Adler’s comments during the event hinted at…

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Chamber looks back on 2020 mobility highlights, ahead to 2021

Covid-19 may have shattered many of the expectations local industries had for 2020, but in the realm of transportation, business leaders and elected officials consider the year a milestone for the future of regional movement. “Despite our current situation, a…

Monday, May 11, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Task force releases initial recommendations on reopening Central Texas

Last week, the Austin Chamber of Commerce sent Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt the initial recommendations of the Opening Central Texas for Business Task Force. The task force, which is made up of 125 members representing…

Friday, April 24, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

City, county to work with business on reopening Central Texas

County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Mayor Steve Adler and Austin Chamber President and CEO Laura Huffman announced the formation of the Opening Central Texas for Business Task Force in a Zoom press conference on Thursday morning. The county, city and chamber…

Friday, December 6, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Chamber forecast sees tight labor, housing markets as biggest threat to Austin economy

Austin’s economy continues to be one of the strongest in the nation and should stay that way for the foreseeable future, but a national economist said the city’s extremely tight labor market is likely acting as a drag on the…

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Chamber pushes ‘all of the above’ regional mobility solution

The Austin Chamber of Commerce pushed three desired outcomes at this year’s mobility summit: resolving traffic congestion on Interstate 35; passing the city’s first high-capacity transit bond; and clarifying the positions and goals of regional elected officials. To fix I-35,…

Friday, December 7, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Austin economy looks sunny, with affordability as the biggest cloud

Austin business and policy leaders were shown a optimistic picture of the state and local economy Thursday at the Austin Chamber of Commerce’s annual economic forecast, with the smallest concern on the horizon partly a result of the city’s strong…

Friday, April 20, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Chamber conference tackles pains (and gains) of Austin businesses

Business owners and leaders gathered Thursday for the Austin Chamber of Commerce’s State of Talent conference sounded a common refrain: Life in a bustling and fast-growing population center doesn’t guarantee easy days of cash registers that ring by themselves. Rather,…

Monday, February 5, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Which side?

More news from the Amazon (bid)… Austin has landed on the bad side of an LGBT rights group’s effort to influence online retail giant Amazon’s decision on where to build its next headquarters. The “No Gay? No Way!” campaign issued a…

Friday, December 22, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Affordability questions linger for businesses, residents in Austin economic forecast

Economists and business leaders expect Austin to see continued strong job growth and business activity in 2018, though more than a decade of rapid population growth may start to put downward pressure on hiring and new activity in the city’s…

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Leaders say Austin’s Amazon hopes hang on transit, permitting issues

While Amazon executives take the next few months or more to pick the location for a massive new second headquarters, Austin real estate and business leaders hope the national audition process has caused local leaders to think about much-needed improvements…

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Jack Craver

A sick leave ordinance is coming, but details are unclear

A coalition of city leaders and advocacy groups is pushing for Austin to join many of the nation’s largest cities in requiring employers to provide employees with a certain number of paid sick days. On Nov. 15 at the People’s…

Monday, August 21, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Job declines linked to affordability, immigration policies in chamber report

When considering a recent decrease in the number of jobs available in the Austin area, a top official with the Austin Chamber of Commerce points to slow action at the city and state levels to keep Central Texas attractive for…

Friday, July 21, 2017 by Jack Craver

For whom is Austin a great ‘bang for your buck’?

Austin and its city government are not perfect, but they both deserve some respect. That seems to be the gist of the 2016 Year in Review recently released by the city manager. “I often feel like the unforgiving pace of…

Friday, September 2, 2016 by Cate Malek

Council OKs worker protections with expedited permit review

City Council acted to increase protections for construction workers and speed up the building permit process for some at last night’s meeting. Council members strongly supported a proposal that would allow developers to pay an extra fee in order to…

Thursday, June 16, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Coalition asks to keep CodeNEXT on track

A coalition of eight Austin organizations got together to ask the city to honor a January 2017 deadline for the new land development code draft on Wednesday. Pointing out that four years have passed since the rewrite was laid out in…

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

Council poised to pass fair-chance hiring ordinance

Despite the fact that Jacqueline Conn has a master’s degree, it took her 10 months to find a job in Austin, a delay she attributes to a 15-year-old felony conviction. On Tuesday, Conn, 34, stood behind Council Member Greg Casar…

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Mark Richardson

Travis Commissioners finally endorse SH45 SW

Many of the same Austinites made the same arguments they’ve made for decades, but this time, the result was different. At the behest of Pct. 3’s Gerald Daugherty, the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday endorsed construction of the controversial…

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