Austin used to be a pleasant surprise for business students and visitors from out of state, but the city's great weather, friendly atmosphere and thriving economy aren't secrets anymore.
Demographers call Austin a "City of Ideas," one of a handful of American regions where a new creative class of entrepreneurs, business leaders, artists and visionaries are reshaping the model for American prosperity.
A well-educated work force, a world-class research university, a favorable business climate, a reasonable tax structure, and an outstanding quality of life are the top five reasons why companies choose Austin. Over 800 semi-conductor, energy, computer and software companies call Austin home. Other industries, like biosciences, multi-media, film, music and logistics and distribution are well-represented and growing.
The McCombs School of Business benefits from strong relationships with our local business community. They join us as research partners, recruiters, visiting lecturers, practicum sponsors, and guest speakers.
“Austin is such a laid-back city with so many interesting characters that I just enjoyed going to one of its many coffee shops to catch up with friends and people-watch. I also really liked going to the music venues in downtown Austin and catching shows with friends.”--Grace Yeh, MPA '10
Austin also boasts scenic beauty, a laid-back atmosphere, a highly educated population and a lively arts and music scene. The city is bluebonnets and blues, high-tech and hill country, research and recreation.
- Over 1,700,000 residents in the Austin Metropolitan Statistical Area
- 172 city parks
- 30 miles of urban hike and bike trails
- Crystal-clear lakes, streams and rivers for boating, skiing, windsurfing, swimming and kayaking
- Symphony, ballet and opera
- Art galleries and museums
- Over 120 live music venues
More about Austin from the McCombs School website