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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.

Historically, the ATX Music Office has overseen the nomination process and production of the annual induction ceremony that honors deceased local music legends who had a unique and significant impact on Austin’s music community. Resulting in an engraved plaque honoring each inductee is permanently installed at the Joe R. and Tereza Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Austin is an incredible place to live, work, play and invest, and it's easy to see why. Since 2011, Austin has received more than 50 local and national rankings, all of which you can check out below:

This music-specific trade and export alliance, the first of its kind, is a public-private partnership involving City Council, City staff, and private industry leaders in both cities. The Alliance will encourage joint programming and exhibitions, meaningful trade partnerships for music products and services, and enable the growth of new commercial music business ventures by acting as a gateway for emerging entrepreneurs as well as established professionals.

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 City of Austin recognizes the importance of creativity to its vitality, livability, and economic success. A place where small, local businesses thrive, Austin has also achieved prominence as a trendsetting global city at the intersection of art, music, film, and digital technology.

Help Austin’s Cultural Arts Division map our city’s cultural assets and creative resources.

CAMP: The Cultural Asset Mapping Project is an initiative of the Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department to map the places and resources that are important to Austin’s cultural identity and creativity.

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 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, in partnership 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.

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 GreenWater development is part of the Seaholm District in Downtown Austin. Formerly the Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant, the site is bounded by Shoal Creek to the west, the 2nd Street alley to the north, San Antonio Street to the east, and Cesar Chavez to the south.

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. 

The award-winning public-private partnership between the City of Austin and Catellus Development Group was the result of hundreds of public meetings and collaboration between the City, its consultants and community stakeholders.

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.

Public art at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) offers residents and travelers a permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, murals, and site-specific installations which enhance the airport travel experience and reflect the nature and character of Austin.

The former municipal power plant is being redeveloped into a mixed-use anchor for the district. Two new buildings, an underground parking garage and green roof plaza are being added to the existing generator building. The site will feature a mix of office space, retail, residential, a public plaza and an outdoor terrace overlooking Lady Bird Lake. The preservation and adaptive reuse of the historic power plant building is the impetus for the project and the main community benefit.

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.

The mission of the Small Business Program is to foster job creation and support the growth of new and existing businesses by providing capacity building information, tools, and resources. We provide counseling and assistance to small businesses. Our focus is to develop and empower small businesses in order to strengthen their business capability and survivability.

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

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 One Village Music Project is a youth-led music project of the Amala Foundation. Each year, this effort unites 30+ youth who attend a Global Youth Peace Summit to create music inspired by the Summit experience, which aims to unite teen musicians from all over the world to inspire them to serve humanity as individuals and leaders. This year’s album Keep Breathing was produced by Austin musicians Phoebe Hunt and Danny Levin, it was sponsored by the ATX Music Office

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.

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 took place between October 2014 and February 2015, and will targeted 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 was critical to ensure a meaningful public participation process and quality results.