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Economic Development Department

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. View Economic Development Department contacts.

Visit for resources to help businesses and individuals recover from the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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  • 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


The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request - including translation and interpretation services. For assistance, call 512-974-7819

The City receives and accepts Video Relay Service (VRS) calls from people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing through Relay Texas 7-1-1.