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Austin's Prosperity Engine

The City of Austin's Economic Development Department supports and recruits business to Austin through all divisions. Our mission is to promote a competitive, sustainable and equitable economy for all.

Economic Development Department Divisions:

  •  Programs that integrate arts and artists into economic development.
  •  Increases jobs and investment in Austin with programs that support business expansion and attraction
  •  Programs aimed to attract tourists by preserving historic buildings, sites, and districts
  •  Programs that support Austin’s venues, commercial music businesses, and musicians
  •  Facilitates innovative partnerships and projects to re-invigorate Austin neighborhoods and commercial districts
  •  Provides help to small business owners and people who want to start a small business


Helpful Resources: 

  • Austin COVID-19 Information

  • Economic Development Department’s Small Business Resources Directory - Database of local, state, federal, and community resources. Filter by “Disaster Relief” to find immediate support for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.