Headlines for April 3, 2014

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Central Texas College Readiness Rates Reach All Time High

The Chamber today announced the findings from its 9th Annual Education Progress Reports which are now available online here. The intent of these reports is to compare school district performance to local community expectations. The Chamber recognizes and congratulates the twelve participating districts for historic college/career readiness rates.

The reports show the highest college readiness rates we have tracked in the region. The gap between economically disadvantaged students and their peers has substantially decreased under the outgoing TAKS. And, for the first time, we have school districts in the region where the percentage of college ready students - and those who want to go to college - is higher than those who end up directly enrolling in college, a trend that may point to a need to enhance financial aid. Click here for more details from the results.

Austin Named Best Metro Area for Small Business

Where is the best place to start and grow a small business? This question has been posted by The Business Journals nine times during the past ten years, and Austin has been the answer since 2010. For five consecutive years, Austin has topped the rankings. According to the report, three categories of critical importance to entrepreneurs are population, employment, and small business growth. Read the story in The Business Journals here.

And Away We Go!

Congratulations, Central Texas! On March 3, the highly anticipated launch of the British Airways Austin - London Heathrow nonstop made history as the first transatlantic flight directly to Austin Bergstrom International Airport. To put this win in perspective, the route has an anticipated initial $69.7 million economic impact and is expected to grow to a $74 million annual economic impact within 3 years, creating 1,100 jobs within the air service industry.

The work doesn't stop here, though. It is our responsibility to take advantage of the route, whether it be for business or leisure. Purchase your tickets today at ba.com.

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