As the 11th largest City in the United States, Austin is experiencing rapid transformation. With a commitment to entrepreneurship, more than 80 percent of Austin businesses currently employ less than 20 people and provide access to goods and services and unique shopping, entertainment and foodie experiences. These economic conditions foster a vibrant, distinctive business personality that presents an opportunity to strengthen the connection between people and the places they share through the exploration of enhancing business districts that are anchored by merchants associations.
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Soul-y Austin is currently assisting six business districts.
Year One: Formed Associations
The Red River Cultural District Merchants Association
Manor Road Merchants Association
Year One: In Progress
E. 12th Street District
The East 12th Street District has been in collaboration with Soul-y Austin for almost two years, and is in the process of formalizing their merchants association. We are excited at the progress they have made.
Year Two: Formed Associations
South Congress District Merchants Association
Year Two: In Progress
E. Cesar Chavez District
N. Lamar District
Each formalized district merchants association has established a board of directors, approved association bylaws, and are completing a series of trainings designed to create sustainable merchants associations.
Soul-y Austin is a collaborative effort between the Economic Development Department staff and a number of community partners. To learn more about them, please visit the following websites:
The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce (GABCC)
The Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC)
The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC)
The Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC)
Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, University of Texas School of Law