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Austin outranks Silicon Valley as America’s No. 1 city for startups

Sometimes, Austin folks feel like they're living in the shadow of America's major metro areas. But a new ranking of the best U.S. cities for startups flips the script by putting all of the nation's largest cities in our shadow.

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Opinion: We need more time to talk before acting on homeless laws

Yesterday, the Council delayed the vote to consider repealing aggressive panhandling & camping ordinances for two weeks to allow for community input. We remain concerned that this is not enough time for adequate consideration.

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Support Funding for Immediate Shelter & Services; Community Input Critical Before Repeal of Ordinances

The Downtown Austin Alliance submitted the following letter to the Mayor and Austin City Council on June 3, urging the Council to pass item 49 on the June 6 City Council Agenda to provide immediate emergency shelter to those experiencing homelessness.

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Editorial: Keep the focus on what homeless people need: Housing

Austinites share a desire to see homeless people get the help they need. The community deserves a larger discussion on how we get there — not just through ordinances, but through housing options, funding priorities and better coordinated efforts to help people out of homelessness.

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Market Opportunities

Businesses located downtown enjoy several key advantages. Work in the heart of the community, attract top talent, feel the buzz of the city every day.

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State of Downtown

Downtown plays a critical role as the economic engine of Austin. Every year, we see more development, explosive job growth and the continued evolution of the business landscape. Our State of Downtown report presents conclusions around 2018-2019 data gathered and analyzed by our research team.

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Downtown Vision

Our Downtown Austin Vision is the guiding compass for all the work we do. The report represents strategic priorities distilled from the opinions, interests, hopes and concerns of over 3,000 Austinites.

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Current Projects

Our current projects address a wide range of Austin's urban issues and are specifically aimed at creating the downtown future generations deserve.

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We want people to want to shop, play, eat, drink and do business downtown. That’s why the majority of our annual budget goes towards services that help keep downtown clean and safe.

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About Us

We protect and promote Austin’s downtown through full-time advocacy, strategic initiatives and thoughtful planning.

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