Intercity Visits

A key benefit that the Chamber offers its membership is exposure to best practices and lessons learned in other communities about issues also impacting Central Texas.


Past Trips

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul 2019

    Delegates met with key leaders to discuss how Minneapolis-St. Paul addresses topics that affect the Austin Region. These include high capacity transit, regional collaboration featuring Twin Cities Mayors, workforce development, affordability and land development, addressing homelessness, and welcoming Major League Soccer.

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  • Atlanta 2018

    This trip marked the Chamber’s 15th consecutive InterCity Visit, and it provided the opportunity to learn how our peers in Atlanta are working through similar challenges such as affordability, workforce development, and mobility.

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  • Denver 2017

    Denver and the Austin Texas Region rate high among great places to live, begin a career and open a business. Heads of companies want to grow in great places, and when it’s time to choose a place to relocate existing businesses or start new ones, the decision often comes down to Denver or Austin.

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  • Seattle 2016

    The 2016 InterCity Visit to Seattle highlighted the challenges we share as regions and the opportunity to exchange best practices and lessons learned. Seattle has been at the leading edge of business for many decades whether it has been aviation, technology, or e-commerce.

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  • Toronto 2015

    The Greater Toronto Area is one of the world’s most diverse regions with more than 140 spoken languages and 30 percent of its citizens speaking a language other than English or French at home. In addition to being the financial capital of Canada, Toronto is home to a strong creative economy, including technology, film, music, and design.

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  • San Francisco 2014

    San Francisco is a center of global commerce and finance. Additionally, the Hetch Hetchy Project with its system of aqueducts and reservoirs provides water resources enjoyed by San Franciscans 100 years later. San Francisco is not without its challenges such as affordability and homelessness.

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  • Boston 2013

    The 2013 InterCity trip to Boston highlighted best practices in medical school research, technology commercialization, entrepreneurship and funding, traffic congestion mitigation, regional government collaboration, and education innovations.

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  • Silicon Valley 2012

    The 2012 InterCity trip to Silicon Valley highlighted best practices in medical school research, technology commercialization, entrepreneurship and funding, traffic congestion mitigation, regional government collaboration, and education innovations.

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  • Charlotte 2011

    The 2011 InterCity trip highlighted how Charlotte is preparing for the future by investing in its urban core and increasing graduate medical education, along with the development of a multi-modal mobility system.

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  • Minneapolis-St. Paul 2010

    The 2010 InterCity trip highlighted the best practices of the Twin Cities region of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. As named by Forbes magazine, Minneapolis is America’s most affordable place to live well.

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  • Phoenix 2009

    The 2009 InterCity trip highlighted Phoenix's thriving regionalism (regional collaboration of law enforcement entities, regional sustainability best practices, and economic development incentives), its successful initiative to acquire a medical school, and its robust transportation system.

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  • Vancouver 2008

    The 2008 InterCity visit highlighted Vancouver's intended and unintended consequences of high density development downtown and in regional town centers, efforts to provide affordable housing, education the Canadian way, challenges facing fast growth suburban cities, downtown circulation and how public private partnerships are managed.

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  • San Diego 2007

    The 2007 InterCity visit to San Diego highlighted how city growth impacts the region, regional transportation, arts and culture visibility and vitality, and water conservation and reliability.

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  • Portland 2006

    The 2006 InterCity visit highlighted Portland's community planning in regards to transportation and development, including downtown growth, environmental impact, affordable housing, and support for the arts and education.

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  • Denver 2005

    The 2005 InterCity visit highlighted Denver's plan for airport redevelopment, police-community relations, support for the arts and libraries, partnerships for accelerated college degrees, and transportation and land use.

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  • Seattle 2004

    The 2004 inaugural InterCity visit highlighted Seattle's neighborhood planning process and downtown initiatives, business alliance for education support, transit system and development, arts funding and support, and police-community relations.

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For questions about the Chamber's Intercity program, please contact Jeremy Martin at jmartin@austinchamber.com.