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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

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

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

Feb. 24, 2014 News Post by Michael King

Is That a Wrap for Incentives?
Amid economic woes and a race-baiting controversy, the future of TV, video game, and film funding in Texas looks shaky
"...ask lawmakers to put more money into job-saving production incentives?..."

Jan. 28, 2011 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Incentives and R-Rated Entertainment
Amid bigger scandals, lawmaker plays the movie morality card again
"...Are state incentives to private business moral? That's a complicated question, and..."

Jan. 21, 2015 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Cleaning Up Economic Development
Greens and the Chamber of Commerce join hands for renewable energy in Austin
" create 72,000 new jobs and a $14 billion economic impact to Austin during the project term. Specifically, the..."

Feb. 18, 2005 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Council Weighs Film Incentives Deal
City looks to keep film and digital production inside city limits
"...the Austin Film Commission, but instead from the city's Economic Development Dept. On April 15, staff presented their plan..."

April 25, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Film Incentives Pass House
Lawmakers unanimously approve Travis Co. bill: Author Dukes expects quick passage
"...bill, and it is House Bill 873, the film incentives," she said...."

March 25, 2009 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

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

Point Austin: Instrumental Incentives
The National Instruments deal provides a model for economic development
"...Of the economic incentive deals put together by the city of Austin..."

March 8, 2013 News Column by Michael King

The Future May Finally Be Brightening for Texas Film Incentives
The sequel to film rebates?
"...who want to stick it to Hollyweird, the state's economic support for the film, TV, commercial, and gaming industries..."

Jan. 4, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Vance Joins Porky in Wackyland: Bogus Economic Analysis Offered With Authority
"...the economy immediately turned south. These types of legislative economic drains were driving factors that persuaded the American people..."

June 18, 2007 Postmarks

Texas Needs Film Incentives
"...excellent story about the need for Texas to offer incentives to get filmmakers back into Texas [“Abandoning the Nest,”..."

May 22, 2008 Postmarks

Public Notice: Affordability & Economic Segregation
(Plus some fun stuff at the end)
"...missing from the draft code is the density bonuses/affordability incentives, which were last said to be expected sometime "in..."

May 5, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

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

One Small Step Towards Equality, One Large Step for Austin
Austin + Domestic Partner Benefits = Reality
"...October 24, City Council passed new requirements for Austin's economic incentives program. Workers for companies awarded these incentives are..."

Oct. 31, 2013 Qmmunity Post by Sarah Marloff

Leffingwell Announces ‘Rail – or Fail’
In final ‘State of the City’ address, mayor strongly pushes urban rail
"...era of our city’s long history,” and touching on economic development, city incentives, the planned U.T. medical school –..."

Feb. 25, 2014 News Post by Michael King

Visa Council Debate Begins
City Council sets public hearing for incentives package
"...Council held its first formal consideration of the proposed economic development grant of $1.56 million for Visa Inc.'s "Global..."

Nov. 28, 2012 News Post by Michael King

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

Notes on Kamp: Left Out
Austin's economic inequality is a crisis
"...Austin's increasing economic inequality is only making it harder for people who..."

Feb. 5, 2016 News Column by Amy Kamp

Then There's This: Hotel Hypocrite
Developer wants to cancel wage agreement but keep incentives
"...officials need a poster child for reforming the city's economic incentives policy, they need look no further than White..."

March 8, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

Council Preview: The Cloud of Athena
Healthcare software firm considering a deal for Seaholm
"...the headline addition is a briefing on a proposed economic development agreement with athenahealth, inc. – which apparently suffers..."

Jan. 20, 2014 News Post by Michael King

Visa Coming to Austin
Our city will host a new global IT center
"...After considerable deliberations regarding economic incentives, it was announced today that credit giant Visa..."

Dec. 11, 2012 News Post by Monica Riese

Mike Martinez: 'Leadership of Austin's Tomorrow'
"...second is, pushing policies like we did on the economic incentives agreement, where we can insert our values. If..."

May 30, 2014 News Feature

Take Three
Texas film incentives don't always carry sufficient funding
"...greater number of companies being attracted by more generous incentives, Hudgins said: "Unfortunately, what's going to prove up this..."

Oct. 30, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

In Search of Amazon
Mayor writes in support of Austin location for corporate “HQ2”
"...Adler asks, “but rather an integral part of the economic, cultural, and social fabric and future of an entire..."

Oct. 26, 2017 News Post by Michael King

Austin @ Large: New (and Improved)
The new Liveable City survey confirms a community consensus on development and governing issues.
"...on the positive signs -- or fantasies -- of economic rebound...."

Aug. 8, 2003 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Our readers talk back.
"...with $15 million in tax rebates and other development incentives. In other words, we would be paying Stratus to..."

May 10, 2002 Column

Abandoning the Nest
Hurt by the state's inadequate incentives program, Texas film crews take flight
"...States like neighboring New Mexico and Louisiana offer heftier incentives to entice Hollywood to come a-calling...."

May 23, 2008 Screens Feature by Joe O'Connell

Steve Adler: 'New Way Forward'
"...trees that we have. We should be providing people incentives to go to lower water usage. I recognize that..."

May 30, 2014 News Feature

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