About the Author
Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
Most Popular Stories
Discover News By District
Today in HQ2
Another month, another survey weighing in on the governmental bidding war to land Amazon’s vaunted HQ2 facility. And this time Austin is in the driver’s seat. Financial news channel CNBC published new grades for the 20 finalist cities based on population, stability, talent and location, which gave Austin and Dallas the top overall grades of A-. Touting the Texas metros, the site writes: “No state has a better infrastructure, and the state’s business climate is the picture of stability, thanks to the nation’s best all-around state economy. Austin offers not only those attributes but also a legendary tech scene fed by the state’s flagship university and a vibe that tech talent can love.” It then hedges that Austin’s high property taxes could be a drawback, and it makes no mention of the area’s transit deficiencies. What this all means as far as actually landing the project and the estimated 50,000 high-paying jobs it would bring is anyone’s guess – these rankings remain a fun, if fruitless, bit of clickbait parlor games. The e-commerce giant has shown none of its cards with respect to when it will announce its decision. Speaking of cards, has anyone at City Hall consulted with a tarot card reader on this matter of vital economic development importance? Someone get the 311 folks on the phone.
Join Your Friends and Neighbors
We're a nonprofit news organization, and we put our service to you above all else. That will never change. But public-service journalism requires community support from readers like you. Will you join your friends and neighbors to support our work and mission?