Established by the City in 1985, the Art in Public Places (AIPP) program collaborates with local & nationally-known artists to include the history and values of our community into cultural landmarks that have become cornerstones of Austin’s identity.
Historically, the ATX Music Office has overseen the nomination process and production of the annual induction ceremony that honors deceased local music legends who had a unique and significant impact on Austin’s music community. Resulting in an engraved plaque honoring each inductee is permanently installed at the Joe R. and Tereza Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts.
This music-specific trade and export alliance, the first of its kind, is a public-private partnership involving City Council, City staff, and private industry leaders in both cities. The Alliance will encourage joint programming and exhibitions, meaningful trade partnerships for music products and services, and enable the growth of new commercial music business ventures by acting as a gateway for emerging entrepreneurs as well as established professionals.
As your company plans its relocation to Austin or expands its existing Austin location, our staff is here to help. We process incentive applications, assist with zoning and planning issues, and do what it takes to make your process fast and easy.
The City of Austin Economic Development Department is actively searching for a master developer partner to work with city staff and the community to plant seeds of change for a more complete community in this part of Austin. By working together, we can develop the 208-acres of publicly-owned land to help transform it into a complete community with vibrant opportunities to live, shop, work, and play.
The City of Austin provides cultural arts programs for the Austin community by contracting with arts organizations for specific services. These contracts are referred to as Cultural Services Agreements, or Cultural Contracts.
The City of Austin values the creative industries as vital contributors to our community’s character and prosperity. An economic impact study commissioned in 2011 estimates the total impact of gaming & digital media to be over $990 million, with projected growth over the next decade.
Downtown Austin is everyone’s neighborhood. It is where people gather for celebrations, where we exercise our most basic American freedom of public speech, and where we come to meet one another - by plan and by chance. It is a place where we make that vital connection with one another as part of the larger community. Downtown conveys our values and aspirations, both to ourselves and to the outside world. As a place, Downtown is the most vivid and authentic expression of our history and culture; it is the soul of our region, a place like no other.
Drawing Lines is a public-private partnership between the Cultural Arts Division and GO collaborative, in partnership with Public City and Fisterra Studio. The project seeks to harness the power of arts and artists to directly engage the political transformations taking place in Austin as a result of the 10 newly drawn Council Districts. The project will assist district residents in identifying their communities’ cultural assets and artists will create artistic expressions of the districts’ character and diversity.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program allows qualified investors to become eligible for green cards for themselves and their dependent family members. To qualify, individuals must invest $1 million in a commercial enterprise that creates 10 jobs. For complete information about the program, please visit the USCIS EB-5 website.
Faces of Austin is a short film program showcasing works by Austin filmmakers which reflect the many diverse faces, voices and experiences of Austin. The films can be seen on AXTN, the City's government access channel; online, and at special screenings.
The City of Austin realizes and appreciates the value of the film industry. An economic impact study commissioned in 2011 estimates the total economic impact of film and visual media at a little over $280 million annually.
The GreenWater development is part of the Seaholm District in Downtown Austin. Formerly the Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant, the site is bounded by Shoal Creek to the west, the 2nd Street alley to the north, San Antonio Street to the east, and Cesar Chavez to the south.
The International Economic Development Program is your point of contact for international business, trade, and investment in Austin.
The International Trade and Investment Program works to link Austin businesses with international markets and business partners, and increase foreign direct investment in the city.
On March 2, 2017, Austin's City Council passed Resolution No. 20170302-034 to initiate a stakeholder consultation process and develop recommendations for revising the City’s Economic Development Policy. This policy provides direction for staff to bring forward potential investment opportunities for the City of Austin to engage in public-private partnerships for economic development.
A Public Improvement District is a legal mechanism, described in Texas Local Government Code (LGC), Chapter 372, Subchapter A, for property owners in a defined geographic area to jointly plan and put in place a sustainable funding source that can pay for a set of services to improve their area.
The award-winning public-private partnership between the City of Austin and Catellus Development Group was the result of hundreds of public meetings and collaboration between the City, its consultants and community stakeholders.
Public art at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) offers residents and travelers a permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, murals, and site-specific installations which enhance the airport travel experience and reflect the nature and character of Austin.
The former municipal power plant is being redeveloped into a mixed-use anchor for the district. Two new buildings, an underground parking garage and green roof plaza are being added to the existing generator building. The site will feature a mix of office space, retail, residential, a public plaza and an outdoor terrace overlooking Lady Bird Lake. The preservation and adaptive reuse of the historic power plant building is the impetus for the project and the main community benefit.
The Sister Cities Program fosters friendly relations and understanding between the citizens of Austin and our sister cities around the world. The program promotes Austin’s educational, cultural, and economic presence in the international community.
The mission of the Small Business Program is to foster job creation and support the growth of new and existing businesses by providing capacity building information, tools, and resources. We provide coaching and assistance to small businesses. Our focus is to develop and empower small businesses in order to strengthen their business capability and survivability.
Under the Economic Development Department’s Commercial Stabilization Program, the Souly Austin Business District Incubator aims to support the creation and retention of stable, organized commercial districts through the formation of merchants associations.
The Texas Enterprise Zone Program is an economic development tool for local communities to partner with the State of Texas to promote job creation and capital investment in economically distressed areas of the state.
The People’s Gallery is designed to showcase the work of regional artists and to encourage public dialog, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art. Each year, the Cultural Arts Division issues a call for artworks to Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations, and presents a year-long exhibition of works by over 100 local artists.
2018 People's Gallery Exhibition
Thank you for participating in Austin: Welcoming City, an effort to gather community input to develop a shared definition and vision for Austin as a “Welcoming City” for international newcomers. The community input process took place between October 2014 and February 2015, and targeted immigrant residents, service providers, funders, elected officials, and the general public, through a combination of surveys, focus groups, and a provider summit. Community stakeholder participation was critical to ensure a meaningful public participation process and quality results.