Austin/Central Texas News

2011 Headlines

Austin employers to continue hiring in 2012
Austin Business Journal (12/13/2011)

Businesses in the Austin area expect to hire additional employees at a steady pace during the first quarter of 2012, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook survey... Read More

Austin led the nation in percentage of small business growth
Austin Business Journal (12/01/2011)

Austin, Houston and McAllen-Edinburg were the only major markets in the U.S. to add small businesses from 2008 through 2009, according to an analysis of... Read More

Six Central Texas communities among smartest in U.S.
Austin Business Journal (11/16/2011)

Six Austin area communities are among the smartest places in the U.S., according to a recent analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. In the category of 10,450 populations... Read More

Austin No. 1 city for resident satisfaction
Austin Business Journal (11/10/2011)

Austin ranks No. 1 in resident satisfaction when compared to other cities nationwide, according to a study conducted by the ETC Institute. Austin had the highest overall... Read More

Austin one of top 10 weekend vacations (11/09/2011)

As far as tourist destinations go, few cities can rival the likes of New York, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Orlando and Los Angeles. But if you haven't been before... Read More

Austin: ranks high in national indicators
Austin Business Journal (October 2011)

Barely a week can pass without a group or publication ranking Austin as one of the leading cities in the nation for one category or another. It's been rated as one of the best... Read More

Two small Austin companies make Forbes' best in US list
Austin Business Journal (10/31/11)

Two Austin companies made the Forbes magazine list of America's 100 Best Small Companies. SolarWinds Inc. was ranked No. 5 on the list with $171 million in sales... Read More

Report: Austin listed among top 5 markets to watch in 2012
Austin Business Journal (10/26/2011)

Austin snuck into the top five markets to watch next year, according to annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the... Read More

Austin Energy offers homeowners $200 for green upgrades
Austin Business Journal (10/24/2011)

Austin Energy is encouraging homeowners to make energy–efficiency improvements with a $200 bonus rebate through the end of the year. Homeowners who make... Read More

Austin ranked on Best Cities for Working Mothers list
Austin Business Journal (10/21/2011)

The Austin-Round Rock area has been named one of the best cities for working mothers in 2011. ForbesWoman, an online property of, ranks the Austin area... Read More

Austin market defies U.S. economic drought, but faces real one
Inman News (09/30/2011)

When Win Butler, lead singer for the indie rock band Arcade Fire, took the outdoor stage at the recent Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas, he told the audience... Read More

Austin gets $139M for road improvements
Austin Business Journal (09/30/2011)

The Austin area will receive $139 million of the Texas Transportation Commission's distribution of $3 billion in Proposition 12 funding for improvements to some of the... Read More

Austin is the second best city for families in 2011 (September 2011)

It's no surprise that Austin kept its second-place ranking from last year-it's a way-cool progressive city in a warm and sunny climate. City pools stay open year-round... Read More

Austin ranks 14 for adding jobs in a major market
Austin Business Journal (09/28/2011)

More than three-quarters of America's major metropolitan areas have added jobs during the past 12 months, according to figures released Wednesday morning by the... Read More

Austin Chamber ranks high for economic development
Austin Business Journal (09/27/2011)

Development Counsellors International has listed the Austin Chamber of Commerce as the No. 5 Best in Class regional or community economic development organization... Read More

Austin awarded for small business, redevelopment work
Austin Business Journal (09/27/2011)

Austin has received three global economic development awards for its work with small businesses and redevelopment services. The city's Economic Growth and... Read More

Apartment rent rates climb in Austin, nationally
Austin Business Journal (09/27/2011)

Rental rates for apartments in Austin grew at the fifth biggest rate in the nation.Austin apartment rental rates grew by 6.9 percentage points in a one-year period... Read More

October food festivals in Austin
AustinPost (09/27/2011)

Do you ever find yourself in a restaurant rut? Going out to a new restaurant is always fun, but there is also a certain amount of risk involved. Getting reservations... Read More

Austin among the top greenest cities (September 2011)

Home to the first Whole Foods Market and more than 300 days of sunshine a year (and you thought this city was all about the music) Austin spreads out among 205 parks... Read More

UT makes top ten on Social Media Colleges list
Austin Business Journal (09/20/2011)

The University of Texas at Austin makes the top ten on the list of Top 100 Social Media Colleges ranked by, the website announced Tuesday... Read More

Austin will pay to let St. Augustine die, sow a less thirsty lawn
Austin American-Statesman (09/18/2011)

The Austin Water Utility is offering to pay city residents to let their St. Augustine grass die and replace it with more drought-hearty varieties. Austin Water announced...Read More

Austin unemployment rate drops to 7.3 percent
Austin Business Journal (09/16/2011)

Austin-area employers added about 5,600 jobs in August, sending unemployment rate down to 7.3 percent. The latest numbers come from data compiled by the... Read More

Austin job market among strongest in U.S.
Austin Business Journal (09/14/2011)

Employers in the Austin-Round Rock area expect slightly stronger hiring levels this fall, according to a Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. Austin was ranked fifth... Read More

New watering restrictions start today
Austin Business Journal (09/06/2011)

Starting today, Austin Water will enact Stage 2 mandatory watering restrictions for residential and commercial customers due to the drought. Violations will result in an... Read More

Austin ranked #1 place to live in the U.S. (September 2011)

Austin is quite simply a melting pot of sights and sounds that can't be found anywhere else. From the quirky cast of characters that populate Congress Avenue... Read More

City vision for downtown: better parks, urban rail, cheaper housing
Austin American-Statesman (08/24/2011)

Picture downtown Austin with spruced-up parks, urban rail, more tree-lined and wider sidewalks and moderately priced housing. Those are some of the ideas described in... Read More

Austin earns AAA debt rating from 3 rating agencies
Austin Business Journal (08/23/2011)

The city of Austin has received a AAA rating and stable outlook from all three major rating agencies on its general obligation debt. The AAA bond rating... Read More

Ten Austin companies make the Inc. 500
Austin American-Statesman (08/23/2011)

Kim Overton got the idea for her company while jogging on the Austin hike and bike trail four years ago. "I had my key tucked into my bra top, and I realized... Read More

Austin among top cities for fashion
Austin Business Journal (08/18/2011)

Austin is among the top cities in the world for fashion, according to a new list. The eighth annual ranking of the world's top fashion capitals from Austin-based... Read More

Austin ranked No. 2 place for young Latinos
Austin Business Journal (08/18/2011)

Austin is the second-best city for young Latino Americans to live, work and play, as ranked by bilingual cable channel Mun2. Austin was ranked below Boston and ahead... Read More

Austin No. 5 on list of iPad hot spots
Austin Business Journal (08/16/2011)

Austinites have embraced tablet computers more than almost anyone else, according to a new list from Men's Health magazine. Using the adoption of tablets... Read More

Austin economy keeps outperforming nation's as a whole
Austin American-Statesman (08/04/2011)

Against the worst national economy in more than 60 years, the Austin area stands out as the best market in the nation. That's the bottom line from Mark Sprague... Read More

Austin Energy among companies voluntarily reducing energy use
KVUE News (08/02/2011)

It has been a tough, hot summer for Austin residents. "It seems like it's never going to end," said Mark Chance. The city has seen a streak of record-breaking... Read More

Austin among top 100 places to live, report says
Austin Business Journal(07/26/2011)

Austin is one of 100 finalists in RelocateAmerica's 14th annual best places to live contest. The Texas capital city was one of three finishers in the Central Texas region...Read More

Austin a top pet vacation spot
Austin Business Journal (07/25/2011)

Austin was named the nation's seventh best place to vacation with pets. cited the Texas capital city's ample dog parks, bountiful pet-friendly... Read More

Report: Austin among fastest-growing in U.S.
Austin Business Journal (07/13/2011)

New data shows Texas dominating the nation for population growth with three Lone Star State cities showing up in the top 20. The Rice University Kinder Institute... Read More

Report: Austin among best green job generators
Austin Business Journal (07/13/2011)

Austin was ranked No. 36 among the nation's 100-largest metropolitan areas for green job creation, according to a report released Wednesday. The Brookings Institution... Read More

Austin named a top market for rental property investing
Austin Business Journal (07/11/2011)

HomeVestors of America Inc. named Austin one of the top 25 best markets to invest in rental properties. The Dallas-based real estate market forecaster and buyer... Read More

Forbes calls Austin America's No. 1 "boom town"
Austin Business Journal (07/08/2011)

Austin was named the city most likely to grow and prosper during the next decade. Forbes, in partnership with the Praxis Strategy Group, recently examined what... Read More

Austin one of 15 best cities for business
CNNMoney (07/07/2011)

When Facebook looked to open its first sales office outside of Palo Alto last year, it picked Austin, Tech and other startups are drawn to talent from the University of Texas... Read More

Austin apartment rents continue to rise
Austin Business Journal (07/01/2011)

Much like the Austin weather, the area's apartment market continues to heat up, according to a new Axiometrics Inc. report released Thursday. The company said Austin... Read More

Austin granted $2.2M for housing programs
Austin Business Journal (06/21/11)

The federal government has granted Austin more than $2.2 million for programs that support low-income and veteran residents. The Austin Housing Authority received... Read More

Austin top city for young adults starting career
Austin Business Journal (06/20/211)

Austin is leading the way as the Southwest has become the new frontier for young Americans. The region offers the widest range of opportunities for men and women... Read More

Austin second in state for tourism growth
Austin Business Journal (06/08/2011)

Tourism employment in Texas is alive and well, if numbers compiled by G. Scott Thomas of American City Business Journals are any indication. All major metropolitan... Read More

Austin reports biggest hiring growth in U.S., report says
Austin Business Journal (06/03/2011)

Austin employers stepped up hiring 6.6 percent last month, the most growth nationally, according to a recent report. Job search engine released on... Read More

Austin ranked 4th best for college grads
Austin Business Journal (06/02/2011)

Austin was ranked fourth best city for college graduates, according to a new listing from The Daily Beast. The news website ranked the top 25 cities for college graduates... Read More

Austin ranked 13th in U.S. for job growth
Austin Business Journal (06/01/2011)

Texas dominated a recent ranking of national job growth, with Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston coming in first and second on the list. Austin was ranked No. 13 with 14,100... Read More

Austonian hot spot among best in U.S., Esquire says
Austin Business Journal (05/31/2011)

Bar Congress at the foot of The Austonian on Second Street has garnered more national attention, this time as one of Esquire Magazine's "Best Bars in America." The tiny lounge... Read More

Mortgage rates fall for sixth straight week
Austin Business Journal (05/26/2011)

Signs of a slowing economy continued to pull mortgage rates down, with a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage falling to the lowest level of the year this week. Freddie Mac said... Read More

Austin recognized as great place to live by CNNmoney (May 2011)

Austin has many of the attributes of other Texas cities, such as solid job growth, a rather laissez faire regulatory atmosphere when it comes to home building and plenty of space... Read More

Austin No. 5 in 'greatness' study
Austin Business Journal (05/24/2011)

Austin was ranked fifth on a new list of cities considered to be poised on the edge of greatness. The rankings were compiled by research firm Sperling's Best Places for the... Read More

Austin adds 4,100 jobs, unemployment falls to 6.5 percent
Austin Business Journal (05/20/2011)

The Austin unemployment rate fell from 6.8 percent to 6.5 percent in April as the city added 4,100 jobs, the Texas Workforce Commission reported. The leisure and hospitality... Read More

Texas foreclosure rate 6th lowest in U.S.
Austin Business Journal (05/19/2011)

About 1.89 percent of residential mortgages in Texas were in foreclosure during the first quarter this year, according to a new report from the Texas Mortgage Bankers... Read More

Austin 10th highest paying for computer jobs
Austin Business Journal (05/18/2011)

Computer-industry employees in Austin make an average $126,430 annually, or about $60.79 per hour, ranking the city 10th compared nationally, a recent report found... Read More

Mortgage rates fall to five month low
Austin Business Journal (05/12/2011)

Long-term mortgage rates fell for the fourth consecutive week with the average rate on a 30-year fixed at its lowest level since December 2010. A 30-year fix averaged... Read More

Austin ranks No. 5 for wages in South, report says
Austin Business Journal (05/11/2011)

The Austin region ranked fifth in the Southern region for wages, a major study shows. The study conducted by The Business Journals based on 2009 U.S. Bureau of Labor... Read More

Austin home prices expected to rise
Austin Business Journal (05/10/2011)

Austin home prices are expected to begin recovering this year and grow by at least 0.6 percent, according to an analysis from Fiserv Inc. The Brookfield, Wis.-based... Read More

Austin housing market fares better than nation, report says
Austin Business Journal (05/09/2011)

Nationwide home values fell 3 percent in the first quarter this year, while Austin's median price came in better than average, reported. The real estate tracking firm... Read More

Austin ranked best big city for jobs (05/02/2011)

These may be far from the best of times, but they are no longer the worst. Last year's annual "Best Cities for Jobs" list was by far the most dismal since we began compiling... Read More

Austin rents will rise, report says
Austin Business Journal (04/28/2011)

Austin apartment rates are expected to rise about 4.2 percent this quarter as construction slows and the population grows, Marcus & Millichap real estate investment analysts... Read More

Austin eyes San Antonio's bike-share program
Austin (April 2011)

When Andrew Holzmann got tapped for jury duty recently, he didn't worry about finding and paying for a parking spot downtown. Instead, he parked a few miles away at... Read More

Austin ranks high for, well, just about everything
Austin Business Journal (04/13/2011)

Rarely does a week go by without Austin being listed at or near the top of a "best of" list. With so much positive PR for this city flying around, I thought it would be helpful to... Read More

Austin leads nation in small-business vitality ranking
Austin Business Journal (04/12/2011)

Austin is the U.S. market that is most conducive to the creation and development of small businesses, according to the latest On Numbers rankings. Oklahoma City is second... Read More

Survey: Austin one of top 'youngest' cities
Austin Business Journal (04/06/2011)

It's not how old you are, it's how old you feel - and Austinites feel relatively young. Austin was named third in a "Youngest Cities" ranking by RealAge, a subsidiary of the... Read More

Austin among top 10 fastest growing cities (03/28/2011)

The hip city of Austin anchors the metro area of more than 1.7 million people. That makes it the second largest of the 10 fastest-growing metro areas, trailing only Las Vegas... Read More

Austin ranked #2 best city to find a job in 2011 (03/21/2011)

You'll find much warmer temperatures in the second best city. That would be none other than the very hip Austin, Texas. It rated high on the list because of its low cost of living... Read More

Austin 8th most social networking city
Austin Business Journal (03/15/2011)

Austin was ranked the 8th most social networking connected city in the U.S. Men's Health magazine compiled the socially networking cities list based on the number of Facebook... Read More

Austin 18th most energy efficient in U.S., report says
Austin Business Journal (03/15/2011)

Austin ranked the No. 18 U.S. city with the most Energy Star Certified Buildings, according to a Tuesday press release. The Texas Capital City reported 98 buildings, with... Read More

Austin ranked 34th largest city nationwide
Austin Business Journal (03/07/2011)

Austin was ranked the 34th largest city in the U.S. by population, according to a new research from Business First. New estimates from Business First put Austin's metro... Read More

Austin 5th most moved to city, UHaul says
Austin Business Journal (02/17/2011)

Austin was ranked fifth fastest-growing city in the U.S., according to U-Haul International Inc. The moving truck rental and storage company compiled the "U-Haul National... Read More

Austin 2nd best place for dating in U.S.
Austin Business Journal (02/11/2011)

Austin's rich supply of entertainment and high ratio of singles has landed the Texas state capital a spot on a recent listing of the best cities for dating. named Austin... Read More

Austin ranked as one of the best U.S. cities to make movies
MovieMaker (February 2011)

Independent moviemakers' love affair with Austin started long before we created this list. Texas' unofficial film capital has been a thriving, moviemaker-friendly community for years... Read More

Nine Austin schools make high performers list
Austin Business Journal (01/28/2011)

Nine schools in Austin earned a place on this year's National Center for Education Achievement list of Higher Performing Schools. Lasa High School was the only Austin Independent... Read More

Austin 2nd on IT startup 'Hot Spot' list
Austin Business Journal (01/28/2011)

PayScale Inc. has ranked Austin second among cities considered an IT startup "Hot Spot." The data compared employment figures and median pay to determine which regions... Read More

Travel guide for a weekend in Austin, Texas
The Wall Street Journal (01/22/2011)

It's said that to really get Austin you have to live there, a truism the hipster set seems to have taken very seriously: The Brookings Institution recently found the capital of Texas... Read More

Austin's culture mentioned in The Washington Post
The Washington Post (01/19/2011)

How many Austinites does it take to change a light bulb? Four: One to change the bulb, and three to talk about how cool the old one was, before the yuppies came along and... Read More

Austin ranked one of the top emerging food markets
Austin Business Journal (01/18/11)

Austin is one of the top 10 emerging restaurant markets in the U.S. this year, according to a recent survey conducted by QSR magazine and Pitney Bowes Business Insight... Read More

Home Slice voted 'bizzy'-est eatery in Austin
Austin Business Journal (01/18/11)

A new business recommendation site called Bizzy released the results of its beta launch Tuesday, ranking the top restaurants in 10 cities. About 100,000 people offered their... Read More

Forecaster sees new-home rebound hitting stride in 2012
Austin American-Statesman (01/13/11)

The Central Texas housing market will pick up steam this year and will be followed by a strong recovery in 2012, a local expert said Thursday. New home starts are expected to pick up... Read More

Austin listed as one of the greenest cities in the U.S. (January 2011)

It's not easy being green - for a city, that is. It's tough enough to simply keep up with the endless trash, traffic and pollution generated by urban life. To actually get the better of it... Read More

Austin among top searched real estate in U.S.
Austin Business Journal (1/11/11)

Austin was among the top ten most searched real estate markets last year, according to a recent report. Las Vegas and Los Angeles came in first and second most... Read More

Austin 3rd best job market in U.S. (1/06/11)

Austin has a number of assets that have helped it weather the downturn: It's a state capital and major convention center (especially for the music industry), the home of the... Read More

Austin among top cities for small business
Austin Business Journal (1/06/11)

Central Texas reported about 40,134 small businesses, or the 35th most in the U.S., according to a Business First breakdown of new federal data. The U.S. Census Bureau... Read More

Austin apartment rents will rise, report says
Austin Business Journal (1/06/11)

Apartment occupancy rates jumped notably in 2010, prompting decreased supply and higher prices, according to a recent report. MPF Research, a division of RealPage Inc.... Read More

Austin economic success featured on CBS Evening News
CBS News (1/07/11)

Anthony Mason takes a closer look into why Austin, Texas is leading the nation in job growth. Then, after deal from Gov. Haley Barbour... Read More

Austin among America's most bike-friendly cities (January 2011)

With gas prices all over the place, it's a great time to bypass that rental car or taxi and rent a bicycle when traveling. As traffic continues to increase everywhere, pedaling within... Read More

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