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Seven Finalist Cities Chosen For Smart City Challenge

The U.S. DOT's Smart City Challenge has pledged up to $40M to help one city define what it means to be a “Smart City “and become the country’s first to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into its transportation network.

Integreon Opens Global Delivery Center In Austin, TX

Integreon, a global provider of outsourced legal and business services, expands into Austin for its highly skilled and creative workforce, creating more than 100 jobs.

Business Facilities’ 2015 Metro Rankings Report: Austin, Nashville, Raleigh Are Metro Frontrunners

Austin, TX added to its impressive record of success in Business Facilities’ Metro Rankings Report with the best across-the-board showing in the magazine’s 2015 edition.

Cover Story: High-Tech Hubs

With smart new regional growth strategies and generous federal funding initiatives, high-tech hubs are springing up all over the United States.

Cover Story: 2014 Business Facilities – Metro And Global Rankings

In this year’s Metro Rankings Report, we’ve taken note of the crucial role exports are playing in the Recovery for many locations by charting their success in two of our rankings categories, Exports Growth Leaders and Exports Recovery Leaders. We've also included our Global Rankings within this story.

New Charles Schwab Facility Coming To El Paso, TX

Gov. Perry announces TEF investments bringing new Charles Schwab facility to El Paso and deepening company’s roots in Austin.

Business Facilities’ 10th Annual Rankings Report: Austin, Baton Rouge, Mobile Leaders In Growth Potential

The burgeoning high-tech industry in Austin has made Texas the second-largest semiconductor job market after California, while public-private partnerships in Baton Rouge spur initiatives in new high-growth sectors.

AT&T Eyes 100 U.S. Cities And Municipalities Fiber Upgrade

Build plan to be influenced by communities offering the strongest investment cases and policies; entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-ups will benefit most from advanced broadband speeds.

First-Class Visas

Austin, TX is thinking of setting up an immigrant investor program: Fund a project, get a visa.

Business Report: GEICO Expansion Brings 1,000 New Jobs To Katy, TX

The Lone Star State’s job-creating juggernaut shows no signs of abating as new projects proliferate across a broad range of industries.

Report Explores Sectors And Metros Driving Construction Jobs Recovery

Study from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International reveals the top 10 metros for employment in commercial construction. Providence, RI-metro region tops the list.

Two TEF Investments Creating 615 New Jobs In Austin, TX

To date, the TEF has invested over $519 million and closed the deal on projects generating 71,075 new jobs and more than $23.6 billion in capital investment in the state.

TEF Investment athenahealth Creating More Than 600 Jobs In Austin, TX

With this TEF investment, the company plans to establish a new facility in Austin to support its cloud-based health information technology services platform.

BUSINESS REPORT: Texas – Innovation Moves Front And Center In Austin

The annual South by Southwest (SXSW) hoedown shined its bright light this year on emerging technologies in the Lone Star State at a nine-day festival that drew tens of thousands. From the March/April 2013 issue.

FEATURE STORY: Semiconductor HUBS – Macro Growth from Micro Chips

The nanotech circuits on today’s microchips can’t be seen with the human eye, but they support a $150-billion industry that employs nearly 250,000 people across the U.S. From the January/February 2013 issue

Apple’s Austin Operations Center Claims Bronze 2012 Deal Of The Year From Business Facilities

Apple Operations Center in Austin, TX is BF's 2012 Economic Development Deal of the Year Bronze award winner.

FEATURE STORY: High-Tech Hubs Are Moving To Their Markets

Traditional technology centers like Silicon Valley and the 128 loop in Boston are well known, but new high-tech hubs are sprouting in locations far and wide. From the September/October 2012 issue

GM To Add 500 New IT Jobs In Austin, TX

Austin was chosen for an Innovation Center because the city already has people with the skills GM is seeking: 46,000, according to the May 2011 BLS Occupational Employment Report. Sep 10, 2012 @ 12:38 PM

Austin, Texas – Metro Spotlight

The Green Heart of Central Texas

Nestled in the center of Texas, the Greater Austin metropolitan area, comprised of 11 cities in five counties, is home to nearly 1.5 million people. During the last few years, this progressive capital city, already recognized as a center of technology innovation in a sophisticated cosmopolitan community, has been busy carving out a niché for itself in the clean technologies arena. With access to research institutions, talent, and incentives—and incubators and parks dedicated to clean technologies—Austin is positioned to become a global green leader.

A First for Texas: Clean Energy Park

Earlier this year, the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities (TFIC) announced that Austin will be the location of the first Texas Clean Energy Park (TCEP). The first phase of the 140-acre development is a research park funded by a $600,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The second phase will be a business park for clean technology companies, such as the solar power company HelioVolt, which has the option to locate any of its research and development facilities and additional operations inside the park.
The National Biodiesel Board ranked Austin as having the highest concentration of retail biodiesel in the nation in 2006.
"The addition of the first Texas Clean Energy Park will provide excellent job growth opportunities for Austin as well as Central Texas," says Jose Beceiro, director of Clean Energy, Austin Chamber of Commerce. "Developing efficient new clean energy technologies side by side with innovative applications will be significant in fostering development of the clean energy industry." The TFIC will partner with research institutions across the country, corporations throughout the industry and other experts within the field in an effort to develop Texas' human resource and knowledge base. The addition of the TCEP raises the prospect of state and federal funding for talent and research development and brings in another positive asset for attracting clean energy companies from across the nation. "As anchor tenant in the TCEP's new facility, HelioVolt expects to be joined by academic and industrial partners in developing the future of smart, sustainable solar-powered architecture," says B.J. Stanbery, founder and CEO of HelioVolt.

GREEN POWER!

Advanced Micro Devices' new Lone Star Campus in southwest Austin is striving for a Gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council through features including one of the largest roof-based rainwater collection and recycling systems in the world, as well as by using 100% renewable energy from Austin Energy's GreenChoice program and recycling 75% of waste from construction.
Austin Energy's GreenChoice is the nation's largest and most successful retail renewable energy program delivering more than 665 million kilowatts of electricity annually to nearly 500 businesses, Austin Independent School District and Austin City Hall. The municipally-owned utility has ranked first in the nation for its Green Power Program by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory based on total renewable energy sales. Austin Energy has plans to build the renewables' share of Austin's energy portfolio to 30% by 2020 and to build solar power's share to 100 megawatts by 2020.

Austin's Clean Energy Cluster

Here are some of the clean energy technology companies that already call Austin home: • Active Power's flywheel storage systems store kinetic energy for   short-term backup power. • Austin Biofuels has joined with Triple S Petroleum to expand the supply of vegetable-oil based fuel. • AccuWater optimizes landscape irrigation using modeling and weather conditions. • CleanFUEL USA is a global manufacturer of alternative fuel equipment for both propane and E-85. • HelioVolt is a developer of solar-enabled power-generating building materials (BIPV). • Xtreme Power provides energy-conserving power systems. • TECO-Westinghouse Motor Co. produces next-generation technology for wind turbines at a facility in Round Rock.

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