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Established by the City in 1985, the Art in Public Places (AIPP) program collaborates with local & nationally-known artists to include the history and values of our community into cultural landmarks that have become cornerstones of Austin’s identity.

The ATX Music Office oversees the nomination process and produces the annual induction ceremony that honors deceased local music legends who had a unique and significant impact on Austin’s music community. An engraved plaque honoring each inductee is permanently installed at the Joe R. and Tereza Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Get ready to Step into Spring
Family-friendly events expand on Austin New Year’s program

The City of Austin and community partners have transformed and expanded the Austin New Year celebration, cancelled this year due to inclement weather, into three days of free, family-friendly events celebrating the arrival of spring.

As your company plans its relocation to Austin or expands its existing Austin location, our staff is here to help. We process incentive applications, assist with zoning and planning issues, and do what it takes to make your process fast and easy.

The City of Austin created the Business Retention and Enhancement (BRE) Program to support the re-establishment of Congress Avenue and East 6th Street as retail and urban entertainment district destinations by providing low-interest loans.

The Creative Ambassador Program is designed to promote Austin’s reputation as a creative capital destination. The goals of the program are to increase tourism, enhance Austin’s profile worldwide, support the local creative community, and facilitate dialogue between regional, national, and international governments. Through a partnership between the City and the Ambassador, the Creative Ambassador Program strives to open new avenues of dialogue and to enhance the collaborations and exchanges between Austin’s creative community and other markets worldwide.

Austin’s creative sector is both a vital component of the local economy and an agent in building community identity and livability.

The City of Austin provides cultural arts programs for the Austin community by contracting with arts organizations for specific services. These contracts are referred to as Cultural Services Agreements, or Cultural Contracts.

The City of Austin values the creative industries as vital contributors to our community’s character and prosperity. An economic impact study commissioned in 2011 estimates the total impact of gaming & digital media to be over $990 million, with projected growth over the next decade.

The Austin Downtown Public Improvement District (PID) and the E. 6th Street PID were created by the Austin City Council at the request of property owners within the districts, to provide services that supplement services provided by the City of Austin.

Downtown Austin is everyone’s neighborhood.  It is where people gather for celebrations, where we exercise our most basic American freedom of public speech, and where we come to meet one another - by plan and by chance.  It is a place where we make that vital connection on with one another as part of the larger community.  Downtown conveys our values and aspirations, both to ourselves and to the outside world.  As a place, Downtown is the most vivid and authentic expression of our history and culture; it is the soul of our region, a place like no other.

Drawing Lines is a public-private partnership between the Cultural Arts Division and GO collaborative, inpartnership with Public City and Fisterra Studio. The project seeks to harness the power of arts and artists to directly engage the political transformations taking place in Austin as a result of the 10 newly drawn Council Districts. The project will assist district residents in identifying their communities’ cultural assets and artists will create artistic expressions of the districts’ character and diversity.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program allows qualified investors to become eligible for green cards for themselves and their dependent family members. To qualify, individuals must invest $1 million in a commercial enterprise that creates 10 jobs. For complete information about the program, please visit the USCIS EB-5 website.

Faces of Austin is a short film program showcasing works by Austin filmmakers which reflect the many diverse faces, voices, & experiences of Austin. The films can be seen on AXTN, the City's government access channel; online; and at special screenings.

The City of Austin realizes and appreciates the value of the film industry. An economic impact study commissioned in 2011 estimates the total economic impact of film and visual media at a little over $280 million annually.

The former Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant opened in 1925 and was Austin's first water treatment plant. The plant was decommissioned and deconstructed 2010. Learn more about Green Water Treatment Plant's Water and Wastewater History.

The International Economic Development Program is your point of contact for international business, trade, and investment in Austin.

The International Trade and Investment Program works to link Austin businesses with international markets and business partners, and increase foreign direct investment in the city. 

Leaders in Austin Music is an innovative program, funded by the ATX Music Office and implemented by the Austin Music Foundation, that provides a unique opportunity for top-level Austin operators: Austin is one of just two cities in the US to offer selected participants a dedicated program of music industry-specific, best-in-class leadership training.

Located in the heart of Austin, the redevelopment of the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport is a historic event for the City and its residents. The approximately 700 acres of land were carefully planned to bring to life a community's vision to create a new district for the City.

As opportunities arise in specific countries, the ATX Music Office appoints an appropriate Austin music industry professional to negotiate international trade agreement prospects and market expansion opportunities that show high potential for commercial benefit for Austin's creative industries.

Music for Kids is a partner program to Austin Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, and is offered over the summer months in 20 different library locations throughout the city. It is a free summer concert series that features local performers that specialize in children’s music. It provides an environment to stimulate early childhood music development and capitalize on children’s natural inclination to sing, move and play with sound.

The Music Industry Collaborative (MIC) is an applicant-based mentoring program, funded by the ATX Music Office and implemented by the Austin Music Foundation, which is offered to music industry entrepreneurs and small businesses.  MIC fast tracks the resources that busy music entrepreneurs most urgently need: meaningful dialog with real-life entrepreneur mentors in a structured small group setting that also encourages peer-to-peer assistance.

The Cultural Arts Division offers Take it to the Next Level to build the business capacity of the creative sector; provide professional development; highlight current discussions from the field; and grow jobs, wealth and the economic impact of the creative economy.

The Seaholm Power Plant, a City-owned retired power generation facility, was designed by Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co. and built of cast concrete in two phases in 1950 and 1955 by Odom Construction.

The Sister Cities Program fosters friendly relations and understanding between the citizens of Austin and our sister cities around the world.  The program promotes Austin’s educational, cultural, and economic presence in the international community.


Under the City’s Economic Development Department’s Commercial Stabilization Program the Soul-y Austin Business District Incubator aims to support the creation and retention of stable, organized business districts.

A 3-Step Community Fest in partnership with the Thinkery and Mad Tiger Festival!

The Texas Enterprise Zone Program is an economic development tool for local communities to partner with the State of Texas to promote job creation and capital investment in economically distressed areas of the state.

The City of Austin is proud to present the People’s Gallery at City Hall. This free, annual exhibition is designed to showcase regional artists and to encourage public dialog, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art.

Urban Artist Development is an initiative to support Austin’s urban music community, funded by the ATX Music Office and implemented by Capitol View Arts. Capitol View Arts offers vocational training, seminars, and networking opportunities specifically targeted to the needs of urban artists to help them monetize their careers and reduce underemployment.

Thank you for participating in Austin: Welcoming City, an effort to gather community input to develop a shared definition and vision for Austin as a “Welcoming City” for international newcomers. The community input process will take place between October 2014 and February 2015, and will target immigrant residents, service providers, funders, elected officials, and the general public, through a combination of surveys, focus groups, and a provider summit. Community stakeholder participation is critical to ensure a meaningful public participation process and quality results.