As one of the leading innovation centers in the United States, the Austin metro area attracts companies and talent from around the world. With dynamic growth industries like Advanced Manufacturing, Clean Energy, Data Management, Life Sciences, Multimedia Technology, and the new Space Economy, Central Texas offers businesses the right components for success. Over the years, we have created a vibrant economy and business community that features lower taxes, relatively lower costs of living, and a great quality of life for residents and visitors alike. The Austin region defies stereotypes: It’s progressive and fiercely entrepreneurial, pro-business and pro-environment, and easy going and hard working. The Austin area won’t just welcome your business—it will make it better. Central Texas is home to a well-educated and diverse workforce with a passion for success. Our region offers a deep talent pool of skilled workers in a wide range of areas: advanced technology design, development, and marketing, to skilled operations that help customers with everything from banking services to video game support. We are also home to an established startup community, a thriving tech community, and a large and engaged group of innovators. We are attracting top talent and growing it here at home. A Tier 1 research university, the University of Texas at Austin has opened the Dell Medical School. With a growing life sciences industry that includes the new medical school and an increasing number of bioengineering and medical device companies, Austin is yet again proving to be dynamic and forward-thinking. The Austin Chamber, through its Opportunity Austin initiative, provides a one-stop process for business expansion and relocation. Our team of professionals works closely with several regional economic development partners throughout Central Texas to expedite the site selection process. We invite you to visit our community and experience for yourself why Austin was named the “No. 1 City for Startup Activity” by the Kauffman Foundation; one of “The 14 Best Startup Cities in America” by Popular Mechanics; one of the top-ranking “100 Best Places to Live” by Relocate America; the “Best Performing City for Tech Clusters” and “Best Place to Work in Tech” by the Wall Street Journal; and “Best Places to Find a Job” by Forbes. Our goal with The Greater Austin 2017 Economic Development Guide is to provide you with helpful information about the resources and opportunities available throughout Central Texas. The Austin Chamber and all of its regional partners have the connections that can help your business be successful in the region. We welcome the opportunity to have you be part of the next chapter in our national success story. Sincerely, Michael W. Rollins, CCE President & CEO Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
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