In 2003, with Central Texas mired in the fallout of the dot-com bust, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce created a foundation designed to help raise money and direct spending for special business development projects.
Gary Farmer, president of Heritage Title Co., took over as chairman of that organization and helped guide the first of what has now become a trio of five-year initiatives designed to spur regional economic growth. A decade later Farmer is still at it, out beating the bushes and raising money for the third iteration of that flagship program—Opportunity Austin 3.0, which will run from 2014 to 2018.
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