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About Economic Development

The City of Austin has established itself as a world leader in technology, innovation, energy, workforce development, music and creativity that has led to significant business expansion and overall growth.

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.

Economic Development Department Divisions:

  • Cultural Arts: Programs that support artists and arts organizations who contribute creativity to our way of ife and city's identity

  • 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


Economic Development Contacts