Back by Popular Demand Members will be Eligible for Big Savings on SXSW Interactive
The Chamber has negotiated a deal with SXSW Interactive for a group rate on Interactive badges and discounted rates on SXSW Edu and Interactive expo booths. Attending SXSW Interactive could be one of your best business decisions this year. The convention has over 25,000 registrants from around the world with digital leadership talks on trends, improving bottom lines, and everything in between. Overall, SXSW Interactive is the prime spot to form important business connections and insightful perspectives for tomorrow's market.
Last year, group rates through the Austin Chamber resulted in 25 to 40 percent price reduction, depending on the level of participation. Right now 2014 Interactive badges are priced at $1095. For those members planning to buy numerous Interactive badges, our group rate could save thousands. If you are interested in taking advantage of this group rate, e-mail your interest to email@example.com by Friday, January 3. The discount amount will be based on the number of responses received and you will be notified of next steps the following week. This group rate is only valid for active Chamber members. Please indicate the number of total badges your company is interested in purchasing.
The Austin Chamber is also offering discounts for any member looking to purchase booth space at the first-ever SXSW Edu and/or the Digital Creative Job Market expos. Our discounted rates to show at the Edu expo is $500, $2,000 to show at the Digital Creative Job Market, or $2500 for both events. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested - this offer ends January 17th, 2014.
Enhanced Features on the Website Include Site Selector Resources, Innovate Austin
We’ve added some new features to our website to enhance your experience at austinchamber.com. First, the recently announced Innovate Austin has a new page that breaks down the Chamber’s vision, mission, and strategy for moving Central Texas into the top region to start and grow a technology and innovation based business. Then, we’ve created an area just for site selectors looking for information about Austin and Central Texas. From industry information to community profiles and more, Site Selection has everything you need to know about our region. Make sure you clear you cache on your browser if you are having issues seeing the new pages.
State of Education Attendee Wins Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet
Thank you to everyone who made it out to the 2013 State of Education luncheon earlier this month. The Chamber works diligently to ensure the success of our future workforce which could not be accomplished without your support. We congratulate Dr. Pauline Dow with Austin Independent School District for being the winner of Microsoft’s raffle for the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet and Christina Wright, the APIE College Readiness Advocate of the Year, the winner of the Intel laptop.
Few Spots Remaining for April Excursion to Havana
Join the Chamber with partner, Collette Vacations, as we take off to Cuba in 2014 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. Among other sites will be author Ernest Hemingway’s farm and Playa Giron/Bay of Pigs Museum. Feel frozen-in-time when you see the classic, vintage cars which line the streets. Click here for a detailed 2014 Cuba itinerary and click here for a slideshow presentation. Contact Jan Riepen at email@example.com to reserve your spot today.
Chamber Works to Strengthen Region's Competitive Workforce with Free Workshop
The Chamber in partnership with Austin Community College is hosting a meeting for local training providers to discuss the challenges and goals of preparing our regional workforce for occupations that are growing and in demand, with particular focus on the tech and high skill industries on December 9. The meeting is part of the Chamber’s effort to ensure a strong future talent pipeline that will maintain and improve our region’s economic competitiveness. Click here to register for this complimentary event today.
Project Connect's Innovative, Interactive Public Event Needs You
Where should our next investment in high-capacity transit go? You can help answer that question at a very unique public involvement event being called the Community Conversation on Tuesday, November 26th from 7-9 PM in Council Chambers at City Hall. The event will feature a dial-out to 50,000 Austin residents as well as in-person and online participation. A toll-free number, (888) 409-5380, will also be available for community members to call-in. Real-time Spanish translation will also be available. Additionally, participants will be able to contribute via text message and social media. The presentation will be carried live on the City's television station Channel 6 and will also be streamed online. The Televised Community Conversation is one of the last opportunities the public has to give input before the Project Connect Central Corridor Advisory Group makes a recommendation about which of 10 sub-corridors should move forward into Phase 2 of the Central Corridor Study to select a mode of transportation and alignment/route. It is one of the first of its kind in Austin and the Chamber encourages as many people as possible to participate. More event information is available at here.
Chamber Hosts Press Conference Prior to State Board of Education Hearing
The Chamber hosted a press conference prior to a State Board of Education hearing on Wednesday morning to support college and career ready diplomas. We were joined by a coalition that included civil rights groups, the Charles Dana Center and Michael Marder of UTeach. GACC has signed a joint statement with the El Paso and Dallas chambers to support new applied versions of Algebra II being considered by SBOE.
Chamber Education Programs and Strong School District Partnerships Yield Big Results
Direct-to-college enrollment for low-income students grew from 38% to 44% between 2008 and 2012, while regional college enrollment rates remained at 61% for the last four years. The gain reflects a positive return on investment from the Chamber's Opportunity Austin commitment of $1.5 million annually to college readiness, financial aid, and college enrollment program partnerships with Central Texas school districts. Read more here.
Accomplished Industry Experts Lead Clean Tech, Life Science
The Chamber’s Economic Development team added two new Directors to lead our life science and clean tech recruitment efforts. Kathleen Baireuther is the Chamber’s Director of Economic Development with an emphasis on life science, data analytics, and advanced manufacturing companies. She comes to us with four years of experience working in economic development strategic planning for Austin-based consultancy TIP Strategies, Inc. Prior to her 2008 move to Austin, Baireuther graduated with her Masters in Economics and International Development from the University of Cambridge, completed the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in New York, and earned her B.A. with high distinction from the University of Virginia. She is active in the Austin community as a member of Impact Austin, President of the University of Virginia Club of Austin, and a member of the Austin Rowing Club. John King, formerly the Executive Director of CleanTX, joined the Chamber as the Director of Economic Development focusing on clean technology recruitment. King has been very active in the clean tech industry in Central Texas for several years including involvement with the Chamber’s Clean Energy Council. He is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Energy and Earth Resources at The University of Texas at Austin in addition to receiving his Energy Technology and Policy Certification from UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering in 2010.
Central Texas Economy in Perspective
November 19, 2013 - Business Cycle Indexes
The latest update to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' business cycle indexes for Texas’ major metros reveals significantly stronger economic growth for Austin than the series had been indicating previously. In fact, recent growth appears to be nearly double what this index showed as released a month earlier. In addition, Austin’s economy is markedly outpacing Houston’s, in contrast to previous indications that Houston was the state’s strongest performer. Click here for full report.
Ideal Power is the First TETF Company to Launch an IPO
Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) awardee Ideal Power launched a successful initial public offering (IPO) on the NASDAQ capital market, raising over $15 million from its IPO on November 22. Ideal Power is the first TETF company to launch an IPO. Ideal Power received a $1 million TETF award in 2010 which was critical to helping the company transition from early stage activities to developing products and technologies that improve integration of energy storage with solar generation, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and micro-grids to improve grid resiliency. The Chamber recommended this company for TETF and congratulates them on this accomplishment.
When consumers know that a small business is a Chamber member, they are 44% more likely to think favorably of it and 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company (Shapiro).