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1995-96 City Budget: Aviation Department Airport Revenues Taking Off
"...Bergstrom's $400 million in bonds financial package, the Aviation Department's proposed 1995-96 total budget of $19.6 million may induce..."

Aug. 18, 1995 News Feature

Council: New Matrix for Economic Incentives
Adds wage standards to construction & development agreements
"...week’s City Council meeting was the revision of the economic incentives program to require a living wage floor (currently..."

Oct. 28, 2013 News Post by Michael King

Planning and Development: A Small Bump
Building fee hikes will pay for new hires
"...The Planning and Development Review Department is undergoing a bit of a sea..."

Aug. 31, 2012 News Feature by Amy Smith

Spencer To Head Neighborhood Housing and Community Development
"...Spencer to head the city's Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office. The move comes at a time when the..."

Dec. 24, 2010 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

City Hall Hustle: What's Your Incentive?
Citizens question the city's standards for drawing employers
"...11 last week, creating an enhanced review process for economic incentive proposals. Making good on a council directive from..."

Oct. 9, 2009 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Merck in Austin?
Pharma firm considers “Innovation” location, Austin city incentives
"...the city of Austin announced a proposal to provide economic incentives to New Jersey-based pharmaceutical firm Merck & Co.,..."

April 3, 2017 News Post by Michael King

Split Council Approves Incentives
5-2 Vote on Websense and Dropbox suggests shifting perspectives
"...Tovo balked at paying corporate incentives during relatively good economic times...."

Feb. 24, 2014 News Post by Michael King

Austin Considers Film Incentives
Localized subsidies proposed to fight off in-state competition
"...Texas has economic incentives to encourage film, TV and video game projects..."

April 22, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

City Council Clashes Over 2017 Budget
Competing ideas on how to spend $969 million
"...operational expenses or "General Fund" budget, but the "enterprise" departments, which are income-generating and essentially self-funding: most prominently, the..."

Aug. 19, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

Protect and Preserve
How can we keep Austin's cultural heritage authentic?
"...entities, designations, and policies. All act in concert with economic development, with a particular focus on cultural tourism –..."

July 24, 2015 News Feature by Cindy Widner

Council: Boom Times, Boom Incentives
City considers deals with Websense and Dropbox
"...this afternoon (Feb. 20), Council will consider two more economic development incentive deals: one for San Diego-based cyber-security firm..."

Feb. 21, 2014 News Feature by Michael King

The Power to Change
A quick sound check with the Austin mayoral candidates
"...here in the Live Music Capital. Since the general economic downturn has dominated most political discussions, OTR polled the..."

April 30, 2009 Music Post by Austin Powell

On the Waterfront
As development accelerates along Town Lake, Austin faces urgent choices
"..."The Big Picture Map" to locate Town Lake Corridor development projects...."

Jan. 19, 2007 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Sounds Like a Plan … or Three
City Council hears reports on Merck, racism, and housing
"...City Council adjourned at the fairly miraculous hour of..."

April 10, 2017 News Post by Michael King

Omnibus Resolution Report Arrives
Mayor’s plan to save Austin music takes shape
"...review the Omnibus and return to the City Council Economic Opportunity Committee within 90 days with a plan of..."

June 27, 2016 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Don Pitts Calls It Quits
City Music Manager resigns citing bureaucracy
"...the communication to Alex Lopez, deputy director of Austin’s Economic Development Department. “I am excited to focus on that..."

Feb. 14, 2017 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Faster Than Sound: City on the Fence Regarding Red River’s Homeless Problem
Red River merchants push to finally enclose dangerous alley with 10-foot fence, electro-pop diva p1nkstar touches down at Fuego ATX, and more
"...On Jan. 16, Nicole Klepadlo from the city's Economic Development Department and Red River Cultural District Merchants Association..."

Jan. 25, 2019 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Public Notice: What Goes Around ...
This week's news sounds suspiciously familiar
"...Last Week: The city Aviation Department announces that it has reached an agreement with Lyft..."

March 20, 2015 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Making Cents of Websense and Dropbox [UPDATE]
Council votes 5-2 to approve economic incentive deals
"...Although economic development deals in good times are under increasing local..."

Feb. 20, 2014 News Post by Michael King

We Can't Make It Here Anymore
As the city's Economic Development Department readies its recommendations to City Council on Mayor Adler's Austin Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution, is it already too late for local artists in terms of local affordability?
"...opens into an expanse of country, though new subdivision developments already dot the tight, winding road. Addison's 8-acre plot..."

May 27, 2016 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

Musical Chairs
Re-shuffling the Deck at the City's Enviro Department
"...years, has, in that span, worked in three different departments. "And I've never changed jobs," says the mid-level worker...."

Sept. 12, 1997 News Feature by Robert Bryce

In the Name of Innovation
Council considers institutional racism, a suitor for Brackenridge Hospital
"...likely for the morning briefing (Item 35) on the economic incentives proposal for Merck & Co. (Merck Sharp &..."

April 7, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

Elgin Agrarian Community Promises Co-op Living on the Blackland Prairie
“It’s like an urban twist on traditional farming.”
"...sounds like a parody of an Austin utopia, the development is real, and the first phase is planned to..."

Sept. 16, 2016 News Feature by Robyn Ross

Council: Rosewood Moves Forward
Nondiscrimination ordinance stalls
"...something to do with intense hesitation from the HR department. In a city memo, obtained by the Chronicle, sent..."

Feb. 26, 2016 News Post by Mary Tuma

News Roundup: PDRD Splits; Bill Filing Ends
Council carries on
"...In this week's News Roundup, the Planning and Development Review Department splits in two, Council gets through a..."

March 16, 2015 News Post by the News Staff

Why Is Austin Such a Promised Land for Food Entrepreneurs?
The land of milk and honey and consumer packaged goods
"...The city of Austin's Economic Development Department calculated the food industry's total economic impact..."

March 8, 2019 Food Feature by Jessi Devenyns

New City Music Manager: Erica Shamaly
Marketing veteran takes over top municipal music post
"...at the monthly Music Commission meeting. Shamaly, accompanied by Economic Development Department head Kevin Johns, addressed the board and..."

July 10, 2017 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Playback – Now Hiring: Austin Music Office
Austin’s top governmental job in music is up for grabs
"...The City's Economic Development Department (EDD) this week posted an online application..."

April 28, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Playback: Agent of Change Returns
New hope and typical bureaucracy precede Council vote on sound dispute resolution
"...with the compatibility of music venues and new residential developments, it demands it. What other municipality is so inextricably..."

Oct. 19, 2018 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Public Notice: Waitin' for the Money
Budget, bond drama overshadows all else
"...Fund budget. It's available on the Travis County website: www.traviscountytx.gov/planning-budget/budget-development. The Commissioners Court will hold public hearings on the..."

Aug. 19, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

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