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The Austin Chamber of Commerce is a private, membership-driven organization that serves more than 3,000 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions, and individuals. Our mission is to provide leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for members.
Throughout our site, you’ll learn that we have driven teams around key focus areas to keep Austin a great place to live, work and play. This includes developing talent, public policy, transportation and infrastructure, as well as business attraction, retention, and expansion. The Chamber also provides unique opportunities for businesses of all sizes to influence civic, social, and business initiatives that support community growth. In addition, we have a full array of programs to help people connect, grow and prosper.
We are deeply rooted in Austin. For 138 years, we have connected with the community to shape our region. Then, and now, Chamber leaders and volunteers have unselfishly played a significant role in many defining moments. For example, in 1881, the Chamber engaged in a fierce PR battle with Waco and Tyler over the best site for the home of UT. Most recently, the Chamber helped support the development of the new Dell Medical School and related innovation district that is expected to bring $2 billion of annual economic impact and 15,000 new jobs.
Through the work of our leaders, volunteers and partners, we also played a role in bringing and growing aviation to our region, supporting the first South By Southwest music festival, and helping to bring hundreds of thousands of new jobs and companies to the area, just to name a few.Today, we continue efforts to diversify our economy and strengthen all of our communities. That includes supporting more new jobs in industries like Fashion, Life Sciences and the new Space Economy. We also want to make Austin the best region to start and grow a technology and innovation-based business. In addition, we remain deeply involved with improving mobility and helping more kids get to high levels of education.
Over the past 15 years, small businesses have accounted for the majority of private-sector net job creation, says U.S. SBA.