Opportunity Austin – A Regional Prosperity Initiative


Access to talent. Less regulation. Lower operational costs. High quality of life.

These are the common factors expressed to the Opportunity Austin team from companies that select the Austin region as a place to relocate and/or grow their business operations. Since 2004, that represents about 1500 companies.

Opportunity Austin is the economic development initiative aimed at fostering job-creating investment in the five-county Central Texas region.  Since the inception of Opportunity Austin, business and community leaders have supported and funded this regional economic development program within the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.

“Through Opportunity Austin, our economic development team provides one-stop service to ensure that all the needs are met for companies and their brokers/consultants as they evaluate site selection and expansion options,” said Charisse Bodisch, SVP Economic Development, Opportunity Austin.  “Our staff is well connected in the Austin Region and coordinates with the surrounding communities to guarantee a seamless, smooth transaction from start to finish.

The staff provides a broad range of services and represents the metropolitan region’s diverse communities as a unified location of choice for the retention, expansion, and attraction of jobs and investment. The team provides confidential support for projects including research, incentives analysis, peer-to-peer meetings, talent roundtables, real estate searched, and other items tailored specifically to each client’s needs.

The Opportunity Austin initiative has achieved wonderful outcomes throughout the region that help businesses and families prosper. Since 2004, an estimated 403,400 new jobs have been added to Austin's regional economy and regional payrolls have increased by $23 billion.  Per capita income and average annual wages also increased while poverty rates have declined.

Learn more about Opportunity Austin here.