The City That Went From Rags To Tech Riches

The City of Austin, Texas and its transformation from a oil and cattle town to a leading technopolis stands as a model for cities looking to strengthen and diversify their economy.
April 24, 2002, 6am PDT | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"Not everything is ideal in Austin. Like many fast-growing cities, it struggles with crowded highways and environmental pollution. But, for the most part, as Austin's salaries have soared, life has improved. Money in the pockets of residents, after all, solves many problems. Schools are good. Culture is thriving. All in a city that, just 10 years ago, had the highest vacancy rate of office space in the country, suffering schools and a brain drain as University of Texas residents fled town after they graduated. So what happened? Austin saw that it had problems. And leaders there fixed them."

Thanks to Christian Peralta

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Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 in The Orlando Sentinel
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