Business Climate: Austin enjoys a pro-business environment lead by investment, diversity and a low cost of doing business. Due to these indicators, the Austin region has registered measurable economic and job growth in a fragile national economy. The following key industries focused for continued job growth and creation are; Clean Technology, Data Centers, Digital Media, Medical Device and Biosciences, Semiconductor, and Software/IT related businesses. One of most recent exciting opportunities to develop in Austin is Google's recent announcement to make Austin its second Google Fiber roll-out coming in 2014.
Workforce: Our metro area's unemployment rate has fallen to 5.3%, well below the national average, as reported by the Texas Workforce Commission. Austin has experienced increases in payroll, per capita income, and annual wages. Our region offers a well-educated, creative, and bi-lingual workforce that benefits from Fortune 500 companies such as Dell Computer and Whole Foods Market.
Quality of Life: Austin has continually received national accolades for its quality of life. Austin's unique character and expanding economy offer a solid foundation for our communities. We provide big-city amenities with a small-town feel. Our homes are affordable, our taxes are low and we offer superior higher education institutions to educate and retain our youth. People come from all over the world to experience Austin's world-famous live music scene, Congress bridge bat migration, renowned food trailers and year-round recreational opportunities.
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