Category Archives: Economic Opportunity

Economic Opportunity refers to job creation and training, small and minority business development, economic incentives, improvement districts, economic development corporations, trade and commerce, minority and women owned business contracting policies, emerging technology, tourism, events, entertainment, live music, film and television production, sports, library, culture, art, and related matters.

JASON Learning Provides Austin-area Students Free Access to STEM Curriculum with Support from Dell

jason learningAustin, Texas – Beginning today, JASON Learning, with help from Dell, is providing immediate, free access to innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curricula to the Greater Austin area’s public schools. JASON Learning is a national non-profit that offers STEM education programs, online materials and interactions with real scientists through life changing discovery journeys.  All of these elements will be integrated into the Greater Austin area’s public schools effective immediately.  The majority of students and school districts served by this grant are from underserved areas of Austin. Continue reading

SOCA: Austin’s “Kozmetsky Moment”

Since this is Austin, the change agenda’s focus on affordability must also deal with challenges in our local music industry and with our creative arts. SXSW and ACL are booming, but we’re losing creatives as we lose creative opportunities in an ever more expensive city.
We must manage growth to help live music in the Live Music Capital of the World. If we fail, Austin will never produce another Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughn or Manuel Donley. Affordable music venues are incubators that allowed Grupo Fantasma, Spoon, and Gary Clark Jr. to develop their craft before launching on the world. This is equally true for the visual and performing arts.
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