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Austin's Prosperity Engine

The City of Austin's Economic Development Department supports and recruits business to Austin through all divisions. Our mission is to promote a competitive, sustainable and equitable economy for all.

Economic Development Department Divisions:

  • Cultural Arts Programs that integrate arts and artists into economic development.
  • Global Business Expansion Increases jobs and investment in Austin with programs that support business expansion and attraction
  • Heritage Tourism Programs aimed to attract tourists by preserving historic buildings, sites, and districts
  • Music & Entertainment Programs that support Austin’s venues, commercial music businesses, and musicians
  • Redevelopment Facilitates innovative partnerships and projects to re-invigorate Austin neighborhoods and commercial districts
  • Small Business Provides help to small business owners and people who want to start a small business


Latest City of Austin Relief Efforts: 


Helpful Recovery Resources: 

  • City of Austin's - A one-stop resource to help businesses and individuals recover from the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Austin COVID-19 Information
  • Economic Development Department’s Small Business Resources Directory - Database of local, state, federal, and community resources. Filter by “Disaster Relief” to find immediate support for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.