Headlines for February 19, 2013

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All Eyes on Austin this March

Connect with the Austin Chamber at South By Southwest 2013

Phyllis SnodgrassThe world will be watching our region as South By Southwest gears up for their 26th year and the Chamber will be there for the action! With more than 25,000 registrants, the Chamber will be there in the mix of education, tech, international business, startups, and more. Check out the Chamber events on our SXSW webpage here and keep up with us during the conference on Twitter with @WeKnowATX.

Cuba is Calling

Limited Spaces Still Available for Global Connections: Cuba 2013

CubaThere is still time left to register to join the Austin Chamber and partner Collette Vacations as we take off to Cuba this April for "Rediscover Cuba – A Cultural Exploration." Some of the sights in Havana will include the Cathedral de la Havana, the Museo Fine Arts, the Museo de la Revolucion that displays historical documents and artifacts and La Marketa de Havana in Old Havana, a collective of small-craft workers. The trip is limited to 30 people and is filling up fast. For more information contact Jan Riepen at the Chamber (512) 322-5640 or jriepen@austinchamber.com.

Virgin Airlines Now Connects Austin to the World

Inagural Non-Stop Flight to San Francisco Begins May 21

Austin is now even more accessible! An announcement came last week from Virgin Airlines that the carrier will begin an inaugural non-stop flight serving between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and San Francisco, CA beginning May 21, 2013. "The direct flight between Austin and San Francisco provides a new level of service and connectivity between these two technology and innovation hubs," said Chair of the Austin Chamber's Air Service Task Force, Doug Driskill, Executive Director of Global Consumer and SMB Services at Dell. "We commend ABIA's ongoing efforts to work with the business community to expand nonstop air service options between Austin and major cities around the U.S." Read more on our blog.

Talk Mobility Over Lunch with the Chamber

Austin and Round Rock Chambers to Hold Joint Transportation Committee Meeting

Let's work together to address our region's congestion issues. Join the Austin Chamber and Round Rock Chambers for a joint Transportation Committee meeting as the Texas Department of Transportation brief us on the IH 35 Corridor Implementation Plan on February 28. Pack your lunch and meet us at the IBC Bank – Austin from noon to 1 PM. Send your RSVP to the Austin Chamber's Beth Ann Ray here.

Stay Ahead of the Curve Throughout your Career

Chamber Members Receive 10% off Gazelles Growth Institute Subscription

In today's fast-paced economy, it's essential to keep learning throughout your career. Gazelles Growth Institute delivers the type of education that today's fast growing companies' executives really need. The All-Inclusive Executive Institute program gives you the power of an in-house consulting firm. Their programs, consisting of more than 30 online courses with new ones produced every month, provide skills and knowledge that you can use immediately, allowing you to be so successful and now Austin Chamber members receive 10% off the subscription price! Login to the Member portal to take advantage of their great offer here.

Land Development Code Revisions are Coming

Imagine Austin to Hold Panel to Talk About What that Will Mean for Austin

Austin is about to revise its land development code. What can we learn from four cities that have already taken on the challenge?  Come to one of two public events in February, "Four Cities. Four Land Development Codes. Hear Their Stories," to find out how Denver, Raleigh, Dallas, Madison revised their land development codes and what we can anticipate. The panel will explore what opportunities and challenges Austin can expect as well as how the updated codes are working. Click here for details.

Do You Have an Opinion on High-Capacity Transit in Central Texas?

Project Connect Wants Your Feedback

There is a plan! You have made your voice heard in the first 2 rounds of community open houses and Project Connect is now ready to share those results and the vision for a regional transit system. Attend one of the Project Connect Vision Open Houses to ask your questions and provide valuable feedback in an informal, come-and-go setting. Click here for more information on how to attend.

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The Austin metro population expanded by 36% from 2002 to 2012, while Texas grew at a rate of 20% and the nation at 9%