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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 Austin Music Memorial salutes the cultural legacy of the local musicians and music supporters that were instrumental in creating Austin’s vibrant music heritage and international recognition as the “Live Music Capital of the World.”  

Austin’s New Year (ANY) is an annual free event on Auditorium Shores where Austin families can come together to welcome in the New Year! ANY is an alcohol-free celebration showcasing Austin's diverse and talented creative community through art, films, and live music. And kids and adults alike won't want to miss the exciting fireworks finale!

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 economic impact of gaming and digital media to be over $990 million, with projected growth over the next decade.

The Cultural Arts Division works to develop the digital media and gaming industry in Austin in partnership with local economic development, workforce, and financing organizations.

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.

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.

Recognizing that small businesses are the foundation of our local economy, the City of Austin embarked on a City-wide project with a mission to encourage organizational changes that establish Austin as the Best Managed City with regard to small business development.

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. 

Austin is an international city and nearly 20 percent of our residents are born overseas. The following represents just a few of the many languages spoken in Austin. To translate* to a language not listed, click here
 

The Music Division has partnered with the Austin Music Foundation to create the Leadership Music Austin Program. Leadership Music Austin is a selection-based program that will establish an experienced group of small business leaders who are passionate about Austin music. This program aims to enhance communication and strengthen the network of Austin's music leaders, allowing them to exchange ideas about current issues and future opportunities in Austin's music industry.

Visit Austin Music Foundation for more information.

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.

The Music Division has partnered with Austin Music Foundation (AMF) to create the Music Business Accelerator Program. Music Business Accelerator is a selection-based program that facilitates learning, fostering personal growth and provides small music business participants with educational support in building and sustaining a profitable business.

See Austin Music Foundation for more information.

The Music Division and Austin Public Library have partnered to host Music for Kids. Music for Kids is a six-week summer concert series featuring local, live musical performances suited for kids and teen youth at library locations throughout Austin.

Performances are free and appropriate for the whole family. All are welcome and invited to attend.

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.

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.

The Music Division has partnered with Capitol View Arts to facilitate Urban Artist Development, an initiative to support Austin’s urban music community.