Saturday, June 09, 2012

In Austin, retaining jobs just as important as bringing new ones in

By Barry Harrell, American-Statesman

When new companies and new jobs come to the area, it tends to get Austinites' attention.

But just as critical to the health of Central Texas' economy is making sure we don't lose the jobs we already have, says Dave Porter, who has been senior vice president for economic development at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce since 2004.

Porter, one of the Austin area's top business recruiting officials, says his staff is also sharply focused on retention of employers, which he calls "by far the most important function of our economic development efforts." More here.

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