Austin Chamber recognized nationally for economic development success

Posted on 05/04/2020

Site Selection Magazine announced the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce as a recipient of the 2020 Mac Conway Award, which is bestowed annually to the top economic development organizations in the country. This is the second year in a row the Chamber has been awarded this recognition.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Site Selection Magazine with the Mac Conway Award,” stated Austin Chamber Opportunity Austin Chair Gary Farmer. “This award validates all the hard work and dedication of our investors, volunteers and staff in building one of the top economic development organizations in the country.”

Winners of the Mac Conway Award are determined by six criteria: total projects, total investment associated with those projects and jobs associated with those projects; and those same three numbers calculated per capita for the metro area.

This honor stems from the Chamber’s success in closing economic development deals with companies including SmileDirectClub, Zoho, WAC Lighting and ENNF Technology. The Chamber helped bring more than 41,000 net new jobs to the Austin region in 2019 alone.

Through its Opportunity Austin prosperity initiative, the Chamber has helped bring more than 450,000 net new jobs to the Austin region since 2004.

About Opportunity Austin
Opportunity Austin is the Austin Chamber's economic development initiative aimed at fostering job-creating investment in the five-county Central Texas region. Top priorities include boosting economic diversification to proactively strengthen the economy, deepening the talent pool through development and attraction, and keeping the greater Austin region attractive to entrepreneurs, business leaders and site selectors through advocacy on issues such as a comprehensive regional transportation system and regional collaboration. Since 2004, Opportunity Austin has helped bring more than 450,000 total jobs to the Austin region. Learn more about Opportunity Austin here.