Successes & announcements

2019

AprilBrodynt Global, a Barcelona-based internet access and networking provider, is opening an Austin office for its U.S. headquarters
Broydent Global is hiring up to 20 for its Downtown Austin office. The main focus of the office will be for business development and customer service for its U.S. customers. Brodynt operates in more than 200 countries.
MarchAcutronic is bringing its Aerospace Components Division to Austin
Acutronic is joining the burgeoning defense and aerospace innovation sector in Austin. The Aerospace Components Division develops and manufactures specialty components for use on unmanned and optionally-piloted aircraft. The Pittsburgh-based company also has operations in Switzerland, Spain, and India.
MarchLondon-based Adthena opens its first U.S. office in Austin
Adthena, which focuses on artificial intelligence and machine learning in search, opened its first U.S. office in Downtown Austin. The office will be home to sales, recruiting, customer success, and marketing operations.
MarchAmazon expands Austin tech hub and announces plans to create 800 new tech jobs
Amazon announced an expansion of its Austin Tech Hub and plans to create 800 new tech jobs in fields including software and hardware engineering, research science, and cloud computing. Amazon, which already had 1,000 jobs in Austin, is expanding due to the region’s strong pool of tech talent and dynamic quality of life.
MarchENF Technology has chosen Kyle as the home of its $45 million U.S. headquarters and advanced manufacturing facility
The South Korea-based manufacturer of materials for the semiconductor industry plans to initially hire up to 50 employees, which could expand to 80 in the future. A 100,000 square-foot facility is scheduled for completion in 2020, and the 25-acre site provides room for expansion. Hays County and the city of Kyle approved performance-based economic incentive agreements that will give ENF Technology a five-year property tax rebate of a portion of real and personal property taxes.
MarchGetUpside, an provider innovative real time mobile retail technology, will open its second office in Austin
Washington, D.C.-based GetUpside, which provides personalized deals at gas stations, restaurants and grocery stores, plans to add at least 20 employees in Austin.
MarchSkaled moves headquarters form New York City to Austin
Skaled is a sales-consulting company that builds sales strategies for mid-market and enterprise companies. The firm is expected to staff up to about 25 at their new Downtown office and is hiring in graphic design, email and social media marketing.
MarchVertebrae, a technology leader in immersive media solutions for retail is opening an Austin office
Vertebrae is based in Santa Monica, and this is just its second office. Vertebrae expects to have an Austin headcount of about 15 within the next few months and is hiring in sales, product development and customer success. Vertebrae makes both augmented reality software as well as tools to view products on mobile devices in 3D.
FebruaryAspiriant, a Los Angeles-based wealth management firm, is creating up to 25 jobs in Austin
The new office in Downtown Austin will allow Aspiriant to not only serve local clients better and grow the business, but also provide a strategic hub for expansion of operations and back office teams.
FebruarySearch marketing company Directive has announced the opening of their second headquarters in Austin
Irvine-based Directive, with offices in Los Angeles, New York City, and London, is opening a 12,000 square foot office in Austin. With the agency’s priority of putting their team first, all Directive employees have been offered the opportunity to move and begin working in Austin, if they choose to do so.
FebruaryGetSales has relocated its headquarters to Austin
GetSales combines its highly skilled salespeople with its proprietary data and technology platform to deliver end-to-end customer acquisition. Starting with 30 employees in Austin, the company plans to continue adding headcount through the year.
FebruaryWBW Land Investments will relocate to a new development in downtown Georgetown
The Killeen-based company is moving its headquarters and all operations to Georgetown to attract talent and grow its employee base. WBW is expected to create 40 jobs.
JanuarySan Francisco’s Chewse has expanded operations to Austin
Chewse’s core customers are technology companies and startups, making Austin a perfect fit for its expansion.

2018

DecemberApple will build a new $1 billion campus in North Austin
The 133-acre campus will initially accommodate 5,000 additional employees, with the capacity to grow to 15,000, and is expected to make Apple the largest private employer in Austin.
DecemberMadcap Software is opening an Austin office to support its rapidly growing customer base worldwide
San Diego’s MadCap Software is recruiting technical, sales and service professionals to increase support for users of its multi-channel content development, delivery and management solutions. The Austin office will be led by the company’s CFO.
October

Wisconsin-based ePac Flexible Packaging selects Austin for new manufacturing facility
ePac is opening a new manufacturing facility and regional office in southeast Austin and will create 60 new jobs. Technology-driven ePac is a full-service flexible packaging converter providing all prepress, digital printing, laminating, and pouch making on-site.

OctoberESO Solutions has more than doubled its space in Austin with a move to a new office in the Domain
ESO currently employs more than 210 nationwide, with 130 of those employees in the Austin office. The expansion into 52,000 square feet will enable ESO to add another 130 to 140.
October

Home care company Honor is opening an operations center in Austin and creating 200 jobs
San Francisco-based Honor is opening a 30K SF office in North Austin that will be an operations center covering a variety of roles such as care management, product engineering and sales. The 200-person office will support its headquarters in San Francisco and an office in Concord, CA.

October

Resideo Technologies announces that Austin will be the company’s HQ location
Honeywell spin-off Resideo will establish its headquarters and a software development center in Downtown Austin. The state-of-the-art office building will become the new home for the smart home technology company and approximately 120 of its employees, including most of the company’s executive leadership team.

September

New York-based CLEAR is opening a technology development office in Austin
CLEAR, a biometric identity company has announced a new office in North Austin that would bring 30 new jobs. Clear provides security screenings at sports venues and airports using fingerprint or iris scanning.

September3D manufacturing company Essentium is relocating to Pflugerville
Essentium is moving both its corporate offices and manufacturing facility from College Station to Pflugerville, creating at least 170 jobs. The additive manufacturing company makes industrial solutions for the world’s top manufacturers.
SeptemberJasper PIM announced the opening of its first U.S. office in Austin
Selecting Austin for its new office places Toronto-based Jasper PIM close to some of the company’s biggest partners including BigCommerce and Magento. New jobs will be in engineering, product, and sales roles.
August

DISCO relocates corporate HQ to Austin
After opening an office in Austin in 2014 to tap tech talent, DISCO has decided to relocate its corporate headquarters from Houston to Austin and will be adding up to 150 Austin-based jobs over the next two to three years.

July

Army selects Austin Region as home for new Futures Command HQ
On July 13, 2018, the U.S. Army announced Austin was selected as the location for its new Army Futures Command. It's part of the Army’s first major reorganization in 45 years. The Opportunity Austin-led project, which included support from leaders across the region, is expected to create 500 jobs.

April

PIMCO, one of the world’s premier fixed income investment managers, will open a third U.S. office in Austin
PIMCO, headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, will initially build up the office’s staffing level to around 200 employees by the end of 2019. The office will have a significant technology presence but also other functions including wealth management, institutional client management, marketing and other business groups which may benefit from local talent pools.

March

Oracle opens state-of-the-art cloud campus in Austin
Oracle unveiled its new Austin campus as a sales innovation customer experience hub to support increasing demand for Oracle Cloud and attract top talent to Oracle. The Austin complex features a 560,000-SF facility and spans 40 acres of Lady Bird Lake waterfront property that could ultimately support a workforce of up to 10,000. Plans filed by Oracle in April will add an additional 420,000 SF that could house a couple thousand workers on top of the 3,000 already filling up the campus’ first phase.

February

Hyliion moves corporate HQ to an 80,000 SF office in Cedar Park
Founded in Pittsburgh, PA in 2015 Hyliion has moved its HQ to the Austin area to supports its growth plans in new technologies and products and tap the Austin market’s talented workforce. Hyliion’s products significantly decrease the environmental impact of long haul, over-the-road trucks and the company noted its fit with Austin’s environmental consciousness.


2017

December

Carnegie Technologies, a leading wireless connectivity innovator, is moving its corporate HQ to Austin.
Carnegie Technologies, a leading wireless connectivity innovator, is moving its corporate HQ from San Antonio to Austin. The move, to offices in northwest Austin, is expected to bring about 50 jobs in marketing, sales, business development and software development. Carnegie plans to keep its office in San Antonio, as well as those in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Serbia.

October

American Advisors Group selects Austin for expansion, bringing 150 new finance sector jobs.
American Advisors Group (AAG), the nation’s leading reverse mortgage lender, has opened its first stand-alone operations center in Austin. The 24,750 square-foot space at Paloma Ridge will initially have about 25 employees but is expected to hire an additional 150 associates. The operations center will primarily focus on loan processing and tracking, and customer support. It will also house production support for the company’s national field sales division. California-based AAG’s goal was to select a location that offers an ideal balance of labor availability, quality and cost, economic incentives, competition, real estate, business continuity, community access, and tax environment. Geographically, the location needed to have reasonable access to Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York, a scalable labor force, and minimal natural disaster risk.

October

Ericsson opens 5G design site in Austin.
Stockholm-based Ericsson is opening a design center in Austin to focus on microelectronics and accelerating the path to 5G commercialization. The Austin ASIC Design Center will employ 80 designers by mid-2018. Along with ASIC design teams in Sweden and China, the Austin team will help make faster, better and greener 5G products to bring into the Ericsson portfolio. The Design center will be centrally located in Austin’s tech neighborhood, near other processor manufacturers including key global customers.

October

ArterisIP recently completed the build-out of a new engineering site in Austin with room for 15 employees.
Silicon Valley-based ArterisIP, an innovative supplier of silicon-proven commercial system-on-chip (SoC) interconnect IP, has established a new engineering site in Austin to accommodate its momentum in the artificial intelligence and automotive markets.

October

UK health ‘Innovation Hub’ opens at UT Austin’s Dell Medical School.
The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) and the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin have announced the establishment of the "ABHI Innovation Hub." The Hub will offer U.K. companies the opportunity to locate themselves at a world-class facility and develop their U.S. business within an ecosystem of clinicians, investors and mentors. It offers companies a compelling office location, providing them the infrastructure to focus on accelerating market access in Texas and beyond. The partnership also extends support to Texas-based companies that are looking to understand and enter the U.K. health care market.

September

Siemens Establishes Americas Digital Service Center in Austin to Help Transform Building Technologies Industry.
Siemens has announced it is investing $14 million a year to establish a Digital Service Center in Austin for its Building Technologies Division. It has already hired 130 employees for the center which is in 34,000 SF on Bee Cave Rd. The workers in the new center will take data from thousands of interconnected devices to uncover operational or energy efficiencies that can be made. Job types include software development, data analysts and IT.

July

Merck & Co., the pharmaceutical company, is locating its newest IT Hub in Austin.
The company is at the forefront of health care research and medical invention, and the new IT Hub will help build upon synergy with local partners like Dell Medical School at UT Austin and other regional entities to further deliver innovative health solutions. The project will involve an investment of more than $20 million and the creation of at least 600 jobs. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant offer of $6 million has been extended to Merck. That grant comes on top of a city tax incentives package approved by the Austin City Council in April.

July

Brightpearl is relocating its U.S. HQ from San Francisco to Austin.
United Kingdom-based Brightpearl, the leading retail management system for high-growth omnichannel retailers, opened its second U.S. office in Austin and designated it the company’s new U.S. headquarters. The company is currently in 20,000 SF of temporary space in CapitalFactory in Downtown Austin and expects to create 40 jobs. New positions to be added in Austin include marketing, business development, consultancy, pre-sales, and leadership, as well an automation innovation team.

June

Austin-based HomeAway will add 2,000 additional employees in Austin.
HomeAway, the world leader in vacation rentals, has signed a lease to occupy a new 16-story office tower in The Domain mixed-use district. Once complete, the more than 315,000 square-foot landmark location will be able to accommodate over 2,000 additional employees. The new office building will house HomeAway’s growing product and design, engineering and information technology teams. The number of HomeAway tech workers alone in Austin has grown by 50% in the past two years and the company continues to invest heavily in this area.

June

San Diego-based SOCi, a provider of social media management workflow solutions, is expanding to Austin.
SOCi, a leading SaaS enterprise solution for large-scale social media management and one of the fastest growing technology companies in San Diego, is opening their second office in Austin. The new office, located at Capital of Texas Highway and South Lamar Blvd., will employ 15 in sales and marketing roles by the end of the year.

June

ViridisLearning is relocating its HQ to Austin.
Viridis Learning, a SaaS technology company that uses data analytics to match students with employers is opening an Austin office that is expected to grow to 50. The company, which has had offices in New York and Palo Alto, expects to transfer the majority of its existing employees to the new Austin office.

June

California-based Singulex Corp will relocate its clinical lab business to Round Rock.
Singulex, an immunodiagnostics company, announced it is relocating its clinical laboratory business to Round Rock, TX. The new facility, called Veridia Diagnostics, will initially employ approximately 100 people when it opens. Veridia Diagnostics will be located in a 36,000 square foot facility at 106 Old Settlers Boulevard.

May

Austin will be the new global HQ of Lepide Software.
Lepide Software, a provider of IT security and compliance solutions, picked Austin as it new global headquarters. The company, which also has offices in London and New Delhi, plans to grow its Austin staff to 50 over 18 months. The IT security market’s size and current growth trajectory in the U.S. led to Lepide’s decision to move its headquarters to American soil. Austin’s ample pool of top IT talent and culture of innovation and entrepreneurship made it the ideal spot to serve its clients from.

April

Urban Mining Company selects San Marcos for rare earth magnet manufacturing facility & HQ.
Urban Mining Company, which is relocating from Maryland, will construct a 100,000 square foot facility on 10 acres and create more than 100 advanced manufacturing and technology jobs to San Marcos and Hays County. Key factors leading to the choice of San Marcos were the central location, workforce availability, the presence of Texas State University’s Material Science, Engineering, and Commercialization program, and available land. The City of San Marcos and Hays County offered incentives in the form of partial ten-year property tax rebates.

March

ModSquad selects Austin for new Operations Center.
The Sacramento-based on-demand digital engagement company helps customers engage with their audience across online, mobile, e-commerce, in-game, in-app and social media channels. To support its continuous growth, ModSquad chose Austin for its newest expansion. The office, located in the Edgar Perry House in the Judges Hill neighborhood, will be home base for approximately 60 employees in its services and business operations.

March

Peregrine Semiconductor opens Austin Development Center.
Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, has opened a new Austin development center. Peregrine’s Austin office will accelerate the development of UltraCMOS® products for mobile applications and is staffed with experienced RF integrated circuit developers. The new Austin development center on Capital of Texas Highway includes laboratory and office space.

February

Austin will be home to Belgium-based VolitionRx’s newly formed U.S. subsidiary, Volition America.
VolitionRx’s U.S. subsidiary, Volition America, will be based in Austin, Texas. Volition America will be focused on commercialization efforts of the Nu.QTM cancer tests in the United States, focused on implementing 510(k) and PMA trials for colorectal cancer. Texas’ position as one of the leading life science states and the Dell Medical School “innovation district” were drivers in the multi-national life sciences company’s decision to make Austin the home of Volition America.

January

Blue Prism opens Global Technical Innovation Center & Customer Support Hub in Austin.
U.K.-based Blue Prism, a provider of robotic process automation (RPA) software is opening a global technical innovation center and customer support hub in in Austin. The Austin technical hub will provide a global focus for product marketing and partner support. Blue Prism, which also has offices in Manchester, London, Miami, Chicago, New York and San Francisco, has leased space in North Austin.

January

California-based Coast Flight Training expands to San Marcos.
Coast Flight Training is expanding from its San Diego headquarters to establish a second location for its airline flight-training program in San Marcos. The new training facilities in San Marcos will focus on training U. S. Military helicopter pilots who are transitioning to in-demand careers as civilian airline pilots for the nation’s top airlines. The company expect to hire 40 employees.

January

Purple is opening a North American headquarters in Austin.
Purple, the global intelligent spaces company is opening a new North American headquarters in Austin. Austin’s profile as a nurturing hub for innovation and fast growth enterprises made the city a strategic choice for Purple to establish itself in and attract a dynamic sales and customer support team. The team will serve Purple’s extensive existing U.S. customers including Hyatt Hotels, Legoland and Outback Steak Houses, as well as reaching out to new prospects, service providers and partners across the region. The company is currently recruiting 25 staff for its office in Downtown Austin.


2016

September

UK-based Hello Soda has chosen Austin for its first U.S. office.
Hello Soda -- a fast-growing big data firm based in the United Kingdom -- has chosen Austin for its first U.S. office. Before choosing Austin, Hello Soda looked at a number of cities, including New York and Chicago. But Austin's talent pool and the University of Texas put it at the top of the list. Officials expect the Austin office at 600 Congress Ave. to hire 20 employees over the next year, with plans to expand further by adding positions in data science, development and creative work. Hello Soda offers a data analytics platform that targets finance, insurance, recruitment and gaming industries.

August

Best Buy is bringing 50 high tech jobs to San Marcos.
Best Buy, a leading provider of technology products, services and solutions, is bringing 50 high tech jobs to Central Texas as it plans to establish an e-commerce operations center in a 20,000 SF building in San Marcos. The company has signed an economic development agreement with the city of San Marcos and Hays County, which calls for a 75% sales tax rebate and a 50% personal property tax rebate for a period of 10 years. The sales tax agreement can be extended for 2 more years. The company will create 25 jobs in the first year with another 25 in subsequent years.

June

Lightspeed Systems announces relocation of corporate HQ to Austin.
Ed-tech solution provider Lightspeed Systems has announced plans to relocate employees and operations from Bakersfield, California, to Austin, Texas. Lightspeed Systems’ new location was chosen by the company’s executive team to position the company closer to customers, partners, and other key technology companies. Additionally, concentrating employees in the Central Time Zone will allow the company to better support customers in and out of the country, and work with more agility and speed. The majority of the company’s 80 Bakersfield employees will be transitioned to the Austin offices this year, while some employees will remain in Bakersfield, working remotely.

June

Baker Tilly expands into Texas with an Austin office expected to grow to 100.
Leading accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) has announced the opening of a new location in Austin. Austin is already an important market for Baker Tilly, which has a substantial existing presence in the region. This expansion of a physical office highlights the firm’s commitment to clients doing business in the region and underscores the Chicago-based firm’s strategic growth plans in Texas. The office is expected to grow to 100 employees.

March

Condé Nast opens new Digital Innovation Center in Austin.
Premier media company Condé Nast is opening a new digital innovation center in Austin that will serve as an outpost in the company’s network of digital teams and provide additional engineering and product development for Condé Nast’s digital portfolio. The Austin office will open in July 2016, and will support up to 50 employees in its first year, including a range of engineers, product and design focused talent.

February

Austin is new U.S. HQ for MedTech company ClearDATA.
Healthcare cloud service compant ClearDATA has chosen to move their U.S. headquarters to Austin. ClearDATA chose Austin because of its central location, reputation for top technology talent and vibrant, affordable live/work environment. The relocation is expected to bring 100 jobs, 80 of which will be created new in Austin.

January

Shopgate moves U.S. HQ to Austin.
Leading mobile commerce company Shopgate Inc. announced the relocation of its U.S. headquarters from Palo Alto to Austin. Shopgate will hire 50 new staff in 2016 for its Downtown Austin office.


2015

November

Cybersecurity innovator Assured Enterprises relocates HQ to Austin.
Assured Enterprises Inc., a leading innovator in cybersecurity, has opened its new commercial operations and corporate headquarters in Austin, Texas. The company, previously headquartered in McLean, VA, selected the city of Austin for its longstanding commitment to the creation of cutting-edge technologies. The company is projected to hire more than 150 employees in software engineering, sales, marketing, development and operations, to bolster a series of planned product launches.

November

Farm Business Consultants establishes U.S. headquarters in Austin.
Calgary-based Farm Business Consultants, Inc. (FBC), North America’s largest and most experienced rural income tax consulting firm, has opened an office in Austin to accommodate the rapid growth and future expansion plans in the United States. The new office will serve as FBC’s U.S. headquarters and will provide capacity for increased Member support, technology, sales, marketing and leadership functions across the company’s operations in America.

November

Tel Aviv-based Green Road Technologies establishes North American HQ in Austin.
GreenRoad Technologies, which also has offices in the UK, Israel and San Jose, California, is the leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) driver behavior and fleet performance solutions. The new Austin headquarters will help substantially expand the company’s activity in the North American fleet market and has already begun to serve as a center of excellence for increasing fleet operating efficiency by leveraging cutting edge telematics data and creating a positive safety culture.

October

3D-Printing Technology Leader EOS will establish North American HQ in Pflugerville.
EOS, a global market leader in industrial 3D- printing technology based in Germany, will expand business operations and establish North American headquarters in 60,000 SF in Pflugerville’s 130 Commerce Center. This move is projected to create 75 new jobs in Pflugerville within the next three years. EOS will move aspects of regional applications, inventory, and R&D operations from outside Detroit, Michigan, to Pflugerville.

September

Medway Plastics to open manufacturing facility and R&D lab in Pflugerville.
Medway Plastics Corporation, from Long Beach, California, has selected Pflugerville as the new site for the company’s first regional manufacturing facility. This expansion is expected to bring 100 new jobs to Pflugerville in the next five years. The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation provided financial incentives and Medway’s investment in the city includes a long-term lease-purchase of 51,000 square feet in a former FedEx facility.

September

Big growth in Austin for big data company Quantcast.
Quantcast, a technology company specializing in digital advertising and audience measurement is opening an Austin office to significantly expand corporate sales and services. After looking at cities that offer a bounty of high-tech talent and vibrant growth opportunities, the company found Austin was an obvious choice.

August

Amazon to create more than 1,000 full-time positions at its new fulfillment center in San Marcos.
Global e-commerce giant Amazon.com, Inc. is building a fifth Texas fulfillment center in San Marcos. Amazon employees at the 855,000 square-foot San Marcos fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys. Up to 1,000 jobs are anticipated and the City provided property tax incentives.

August

Live Music Tutor Moves Headquarters to Austin.
Originally established in Orlando, Florida, in 2011, Live Music Tutor Inc., is relocating its headquarters to Austin, Texas, where they will continue to provide an online interactive platform for streaming music lessons between instructors and students. Live Music Tutor also will bring employment opportunities for Austin musicians who wish to earn extra money in music education.

July

Legal technology company CS DISCO opens new engineering office in Austin.
Houston-based CS DISCO, a maker of next generation SaaS e-discovery solutions, is expanding in Austin in order to supplement their product development operations with some of the country’s best software engineering talent. Starting with 12 employees in NW Austin, the company expects the office to grow to 25 within 2 years.

July

LiveOps is relocating its corporate HQ from Redwood City, CA, to Cedar Park.
LiveOps is planning to relocate its corporate headquarters to Cedar Park, creating 155 jobs in the next 3 years and occupying a new 25K facility. The company, a leader in cloud contact center and customer service solutions, will receive a Texas Enterprise Fund grant of $1.2 million as part of the relocation. LiveOps will hire sales, operations, human resources, marketing & engineering.

June

Integreon, a leader in legal process outsourcing, is opening an office in North Austin.
New York-based Integreon is opening a new 14,000 SF Managed Review center in North Austin. The office will employ contract attorneys providing document review services in support of Integreon’s global clientele. The company expects to hire 25 full-time employees and an additional 100 part-time workers.

June

Onit, a leading provider of Enterprise Apps, has opened an Austin office.
Houston-based Onit, Inc., has opened an Austin office to expand the company’s business process applications sales, marketing & development. Onit’s enterprise apps expedite and streamline a wide range of day-to-day business processes. The new North Austin office will employ 15.

May

San Francisco-based Hired is headed to Austin.
Hired, the first two-sided marketplace designed to match highly-skilled technical workers with leading tech companies, is opening an office in Downtown Austin. Austin, a rapidly growing tech hub – home to well-known startups, one of the biggest tech conferences, and rapidly-scaling businesses, has been a prime market for Hire’s recruitment solution.

May

Brazil's V2COM establishes U.S. HQ in Austin.
V2COM, a leading provider of Internet of Things platform and Smart Grid solutions connecting more than 1 million devices, officially expanded its presence to the U.S. with the opening of its Austin office. The 12-year old Brazilian company will hire up to 100 people over the next three years

April

Betts Recruiting Launches New Office in Austin.
Tech-focused Betts Recruiting aims to help Austin-based tech companies hire top talent for sales, marketing and customer success positions. Betts was drawn by the many fast-growing companies in Austin seeking to scale and expand. Betts cited the reported $993 million in funding garnered by Austin startups and tech firms in 2014, the city’s global ranking as a top tech center, and its reputation as a magnet for top tech talent. In addition to the new Downtown Austin office, Betts has office locations in San Francisco, New York, and Dublin, Ireland.

March

Freebirds World Burrito relocates national HQ to Austin.
Freebirds World Burrito has relocated its national headquarters from Emeryville, California to Austin, Texas. This move signifies an important milestone for Freebirds, as all support operations are now housed under one roof in North Austin’s Great Hills Corporate Center. The growing fast-casual leader, part of the Tavistock Restaurant Collection, has more than 100 locations and 2,000 employees throughout seven western states.

March

Monolith Semiconductor Relocates HQ from Ithaca to Round Rock.
The Round Rock Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Partnership announced that Monolith Semiconductor is relocating their headquarters to Round Rock, Texas. Monolith Semi announced in June a strategic manufacturing partnership with X-FAB Texas in Lubbock to manufacture their high-voltage silicon carbide (SiC) based semiconductor switches in X-FAB’s high-volume 150mm silicon production line. With this new partnership, Monolith Semi sought to relocate its headquarters from Ithaca, NY to a Texas community. Monolith’s CEO cited ability to attract talent to Round Rock as a motivator for the move.

February

Chicago-based Teza Technologies will open 12,200 SF office in Downtown Austin.
Teza Technologies, a global asset manager and proprietary investment firm based in Chicago, with offices in New York and London, is opening its fourth office in Austin. The science and technology-driven global quantitative trading business is expected to employ 35 and has leased 12,200 square feet in Downtown.

February

Virginia-based memoryBlue makes its first geographic expansion to Austin.
The new office in North Austin will employ 25 and will enable the inside sales consulting company to better serve Austin’s emerging high-tech industry.

February

ViZn Energy Systems moves HQ to Austin.
ViZn Energy Systems, a leading provider of energy storage systems for commercial, industrial, microgrid and utility applications announced that it will relocate its corporate headquarters from Montana to Austin. The Austin office will house ViZn’s executive level staff along with certain new company functions. The company will hire 30-40 people in Austin over the next two years and was attracted to Austin as a city that embraces pro-growth policies and is quickly establishing itself as one of the leading cleantech centers in the U.S.


2014

AugustCharles Schwab Expands Austin Presence with New Campus.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, an investment services company, announced it will expand its presence in Austin, creating over 800 jobs and making a $196 million investment. The company plans to occupy an existing 187,000-square-foot building and also construct a new 250,000-300,000 square foot building in the Domain area that will house its existing and new employees.

MarchOttobock Healthcare relocates North American headquarters to Austin.

Germany-based Ottobock, a global leader in the production of technologically advanced prothetics and orthotics, is creating 110 jobs in Austin as it relocates the company's North American headquartres from Minnesota. Austin's strong focus on technolgoy and its premier life sciences talent were decisive to Ottobock's expansion and relocation.

FebruaryDropbox will grow its Austin operations from 30 to 200 in Downtown Austin.

The expansion will add 170 sales and operations employees to Dropbox's existing Austin workforce of 30 due to Austin's strong talent base and vibrant tech culture. The San Francisco based company offers solutions for business and individual use, allowing people to easily access and share documents, photos, and videos on any device, from anywhere in the world. Austin is Dropbox's second expansion outside of San Francisco. Capital investment is estimated at $5.5 million.

FebruaryAustralia's Atlassian Opening Second North American Office in Austin.

Atlassian selected Austin to scale its operations because of the city's thriving tech scene and unique, funky culture. Atlassian builds software-development products. Opening in early April, the new office will be located in Austin's central business district and plans are for eventually hire as many as 300 workers.

FebruaryEpicor Software Corp. expands operations and designates Austin as the company's corporate headquarters.

Epicor Software Corp., a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, announced an expansion of its Austin operations, including the designation of Austin as the company’s corporate headquarters. Approximately 75 new jobs are anticipated. The company’s previous corporate office located in Dublin, California will remain a strategic location for Epicor.

FebruaryNASDAQ OMX to Open New Office in Austin.

The operator of the technology-centric stock exchange is opening a 30-person office in Austin. The new office will support Texas companies that need NASDAQ OMX’s trading, exchange technology, information & public company services. Texas is NASDAQ’s fourth largest U.S. market for its listings business. Locating to Austin allows NASDAQ to further develop relationships with the region's most innovative companies and entrepreneurs.

JanuaryAthenahealth is creating over 600 new R&D/software development jobs in Austin.

Massachusetts-based, athenahealth is a leading provider of cloud-based health information technology services for electronic health records, practice management, and care coordination. The new 110,000-square-foot facility will be located at the Seaholm Power Plant redevelopment project in downtown Austin, with a total capital investment of $13 million.


2013

NovemberOracle Chooses Austin to Create 200 Jobs

Redwood City, California-based Oracle America, Inc., will expand its presence in Austin and Williamson County with increased sales and marketing functions to serve the Company’s growing client base. The project will add 200 employees to Oracle’s existing Austin workforce and will be housed in a new 50,000-square-foot office space a total capital investment of approximately $5.4 million.

SeptemberBritish Airways Announces Premiere London-Austin Nonstop Flight

British Airways has announced new, nonstop service between London and Austin beginning March 3, 2014. The flight will connect Heathrow and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and marks the first regular transatlantic air service for the city of Austin. Linking London and Austin nonstop is expected to further strengthen the economic position of Austin and its airport.

AugustGateHouse Media to Establish New "Center for News and Design" in Austin

GateHouse Media, a leading multi-media company providing news and information to local communities, will establish a new “Center for News and Design” in Austin, Texas. The facility will open later this Fall and will offer a range of services to GateHouse Media newspapers, and, in addition, be in a position to market these services to a wide range of other US-based media entities. The new facility will create approximately 200 jobs by the end of 2014. GateHouse Media owns and operates 431 newspapers and 405 related websites.

MarchR2Sonic Establishes Global Headquarters in Austin

R2Sonic LLC, a leading sonar technology company, is establishing new company headquarters in Austin, Texas. In Austin, R2Sonic will occupy an advanced high technology manufacturing facility in Oak Hill, which triples the square-footage footprint of their former facility in Santa Barbara, California. The new manufacturing facility and corporate offices will allow R2Sonic to continue to lead sonar technology innovation, meet growing product demand and provide the industry's best customer service. According to President Jens R. Steenstrup, Austin is the ideal location for tapping into the dynamic high technology community and the world-class sonar research center at the Applied Research Labs at the University of Texas.

JanuaryCrytek Arrives in America with New Studio in Austin

Game developer and publisher Crytek GmbH has selected Austin, Texas for the company’s first US-based studio. Crytek is an independent company at the forefront of the interactive entertainment industry, and is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of gaming by creating standout experiences. The company’s headquarters are in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). The company’s multi-award winning games include Far Cry, Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Crysis 2 and Warface. Cryteck has leased 8,217 square feet at Great Hills Corporate Center in northwest Austin and initial employment of 35 is expected to grow soon to 80.


2012

DecemberVisa choses Austin for new Global IT Center

Visa, the global payments technology company, has chosen Austin as the home of its new Global IT Center. The Center will be located in 175,000-square-feet of leased office space. Capital investment is $27 million and the project will create 794 jobs over the next five years. Visa cited Austin’s vibrant technology community and business-friendly climate, as well as a growing payments technology hub with a mix of established companies and new emerging start-ups, along with top technical talent.

DecemberUnion Pacific opens new Information Technology Center in Austin

Union Pacific has opened a new information technology center in Austin, Texas, bringing the railroad closer to the top talent located in one of the country's hottest technology hubs. The new information technology office in northwest Austin will serve as a software development and engineering R&D center for Union Pacific's technology group and employ more than 40 programmers and engineers.

DecemberR/GA, The Agency for the Digital Age, has selected Austin for its fourth U.S. office.

The office will serve as an innovation hub for R/GA’s rapidly expanding mobile and social business capabilities. R/GA, based in New York, plans to build out the firm’s technology group and tapping into the deep pool of technical talent in Austin. The office, located in the historic Littlefield Building on the corner of 6th and Congress Streets in downtown Austin, is currently home to 15 employees and is aiming to grow to between 30 and 50 by the end of 2013.

OctoberHID Global Selects Austin for North American Operations Center

HID Global, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, will combine its manufacturing and distribution operations in North America and create a new, Genuine HID Operations Center for North America in Austin. This new location will include construction of a 200,000 SF operations center on approximately 20 acres, with a total capital investment of $35 million. The project will create 276 jobs over the next 10 years. The facility will include a high-tech manufacturing operation that will produce HID Global’s secure identity products for enterprise and government customers.

OctoberYodle opens new 100,000 SF office in Austin

New York-based Yodle’s first foothold in Austin came with the acquisition of ProfitFuel last year. Finding Austin to be a city is in sync with the company culture – high energy, positive, can-do and hard working – Yodle has taken a new 100,000 square foot space in North Austin to accommodate the current 375 Austin employees and allow them grow to more than 750 in Austin.

SeptemberSecureNet Payment Systems selects Austin for new technology and innovation center

SecureNet Payment Systems, a leader in payment processing technology based in Rockville, MD, has opened a new technology and innovation center in Austin. SecureNet is expanding its footprint to house its growing staff, attract top talent and continue its close collaboration with clients in providing the most innovative single source/multi-channel solutions in the payments industry. The rapidly growing company plans to hire as many as 200 new employees within the next 12 months.

SeptemberGeneral Motors IT Center Will Create 500 New Jobs

General Motors has selected Austin for the creation of an IT Innovation Center, creating 500 jobs. Austin will be home to the first of several new IT Innovation Centers in the United States intended to drive breakthrough ideas into GM vehicles and business processes globally. Austin’s education and university system was a driving factor for the project as IT talent was a key point of consideration. The new center will provide expertise developing new information technology to support advanced vehicle development.

SeptemberTableau Software opens Austin office with plans to hire 150

Seattle-based Tableau Software, the global leader in rapid-fire business intelligence software, has opened an office in Austin. Tableau will base its professional services practice for North America out of the Austin city center location and is hiring developer, sales and operations talent as well. It plans to have capacity for more than 150 employees.

AugustSamsung Semiconductor announced $4 billion facility investment expanding their presence in Austin.

The funds will be used to renovate its existing fabrication operations to meet the rapidly growing demands for logic products and accommodate full System LSI production. Samsung's latest investment marks one of the largest single foreign investments ever made in the state of Texas. Samsung's total investment in Austin since 1996 now exceeds $13 billion. Samsung currently employs 3,000 workers in Austin and this expansion will provide an additional 2,500 jobs for construction workers and equipment vendors.

JulyAtlantic Coast Polymers locates new manufacturing facility in Lockhart, creating 25 jobs.

Atlantic Coast Polymers, a U.S.-owned and operated manufacturer of polymers whose corporate offices are located in Austin, has recently expanded their operations with a new manufacturing facility in Lockhart. Given the current opportunities and favorable economic conditions in Central Texas in key industries, including oil & gas and wastewater treatment, the new development will be able to create up to 25 new jobs. ACP’s goal is to supply the wastewater treatment industry with consistently superior polymers, innovative problem solving technical support, and reliable and rapid product delivery.

AprilLumeris Establishing Technology Innovation Center in Austin

Lumeris, a rapidly emerging healthcare technology company based in St. Louis, has chosen Austin to build a software engineering and innovation center. Lumeris has immediate requirements for 100 software engineers, project managers and consultants and major expansion plans in 2013 and beyond.

MarchChamber Leverages SXSW for Economic Development

The Chamber will be active throughout SXSW, leveraging its sector experts and proven economic development model to inspire and properly support startups and small business. These efforts include many panels you may attend. Click here to find out.

JanuaryThe Advisory Board Company to Create More Than 200 Jobs in Austin.

The Washington, D.C.-based Company will invest $8.1 million in capital expenditures to expand services provided by its Austin-based Crimson division, creating more than 200 jobs with an average salary of $90,000. The Advisory Board Company is a global research, technology and consulting and firm partnering with 125,000 leaders in 3,200 organizations across health care and higher education. Its Crimson division in Austin currently supports more than 500 individual hospitals and 300,000 physicians. State and local incentives, including $500,000 from the Texas Enterprise Fund, will be used to expand Crimson’s software development and technical support services infrastructure in Austin.


2011

SeptemberRenewable energy manufacturer Complete Energy Systems to relocate from Boca Raton, Fla.

CES will move into a 80,000 sq. ft. manufacturing building in Pflugerville’s Renewable Energy Industrial Park. They proposed to create 230 assembly/manufacturing jobs, invest $13.4 million in machinery/equipment, and pay an average annual wage of $55,000. CES will receive incentives from the city of Pflugerville.

AugustOffice Depot Selects Austin for Sales Division

Office Depot, a leading global provider of office supplies and services headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, announced plans to locate its new inside sales organization in Austin. The project will result in the creation of more than 200 jobs and serve Office Depot’s small business customers. The project is receiving an award from the Texas Enterprise Fund as well as incentives from Williamson County.

JulyElectronic Arts announces expansion in Austin

World giant video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) is opening a branch of their famed EA Sports division in Austin. The expansion is expected to bring over 300 jobs. Headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., EA employs 450 people locally in the EA-owned BioWare Corp. game development studio, as well as support divisions, such as IT and finance.

MayAltera Establishes New R&D Center in Austin

Altera Corporation announces its establishment of a new research and development center in Southwest Austin. The San Jose-based company expects to hire several hundred employees in the coming years, most of whom will be engineers.

MayBiopharmaceutical Company Xeris Joins the Growing Ranks of California Businesses Relocating in Austin

Xeris – an early-stage biopharmaceutical company developing patient-friendly injectables to treat endocrine and metabolic diseases – announced their relocation from Larkspur, California to Austin, Texas.

AprileBay to create 1,000 jobs in Austin

eBay Inc., a world-wide leader in online commerce, will expand its business operations center in Austin, adding an additional 1,000 jobs over the next 10 years. The state’s Texas Enterprise Fund will invest $2.8 million into the expansion which is expected to generate an estimated $5.1 million in capital investment. In addition to the TEF award, the City of Austin approved a $1.2 million incentive grant.


2010

DecemberSunPower Project Brings 450 New Jobs to Central Texas

SunPower Corporation's decision to create 450 jobs and invest nearly $10 million in Central Texas marks one of the largest 2010 wins for the Austin Chamber and its economic development initiative, Opportunity Austin.

OctoberEnvironmental Systems Corporation Brings 100+ New Jobs to Central Texas

Environmental Systems Corporation, the industry leader for 40 years in premier environmental compliance software, is expanding its software development center to Austin, bringing 100-150 new jobs.

JulyNational Scooter Relocates Headquarters, Creating Over 100 Jobs

National Scooter Co. relocates global headquarters, brings more than 100 jobs to Pflugerville, Texas. Triple Freeport exemption helps automotive company move manufacturing from China to Pflugerville.

MayHostGator Chooses Austin for an Expansion Creating 300 Jobs

It’s more jobs for Central Texas as HostGator expands into Austin with plans to initially employ 200 local individuals, ramping up to 300 over the next 36 months.

MarchFacebook Chooses Austin for First Expansion Outside of Palo Alto, CA

Facebook announces plans for a 200-person online sales and operations center in Austin.

FebruaryHanger Orthopedic Group Relocates HQ to Austin

Hanger Orthopedic Group announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters from Bethesda, MD to Austin, Texas, initially creating130 jobs for Central Texas increasing to 250 jobs.

FebruaryLegalZoom Selects Austin for Regional Headquarters

LegalZoom announced plans to locate its regional headquarters in Austin, Texas. This expansion will result in the creation of 600 jobs for Central Texas residents.

FebruaryPioneer Surgical Technology Locating New Facility in Austin

Pioneer Surgical Technology, a leader in innovative medical devices, announced plans to open a new facility in Austin, Texas. The new facility provides Pioneer greater recruiting access to industry professionals who will help further the growth and development of Pioneer’s Spine Division.