Austin hit a population milestone of 10,000 residents in the year 1885.
Today, our population is approaching one million people—two million if you include the five-county MSA.
Other Texas metropolitan areas have seen similar growth.
Why are about 160 people coming to Austin and almost 1,000 people coming to Texas—substantially more than any other state—EVERY DAY?
They come for jobs, low taxes, and a reasonable cost of living.
In Texas, entrepreneurs are free to innovate without undue government interference.
But how do we keep those companies and those jobs in our state?
More investment capital would help, but there’s more…
The Texas 2050 Coalition is working with lawmakers on five core policy areas of focus, the most important of which is education and workforce development.
Skills training in high-growth, high-paying knowledge jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields will be critical to a prepared workforce.
To get there, Gov. Greg Abbott launched the 60×30 Texas plan in 2015 with a goal that 60 percent of Texans 25 or older have a certificate or degree from an institution of higher education.
Today, just 31% of Texans 25 years of age or older have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Innovative programs like Career Launch, a partnership between Dell and the Austin school district, will advance that goal too.
The program allows students to earn an associate’s degree during their four years in high school.
It’s a Golden Age in Austin and in Texas too. To stay there, policymakers must focus on these areas so we can prepare the next generation of Texans to fill the jobs we’re attracting and keep Texas the best place in America for business and families.