The tale typically told about the Austin economic boom stars a California hipster who moves to Central Texas for the live music, the quirky culture and a job with a flashy new high-tech startup.
Mandilyn Guerrero likes to call them “the ACL People,” after the music festival that draws thousands of their ilk to Zilker Park each year.
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Business writer Dan Zehr tracks the ebbs and flows of the Austin-area economy. His previous stories have focused on subjects including the declining percentage of middle-skills jobs and the complex business relationship between Texas and California.
Juan Castillo has covered for a decade shifting demographics and their implications for Central Texas. His work with census data has provided insights on such topics as the sweeping transformation of East Austin.
This is part of an occasional series by American-Statesman reporters chronicling how Central Texas’ rapid growth is changing the way we live.
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For a video that explains the challenges and opportunities that the young and growing Hispanic workforce will pose for Austin’s economic future, see this story online.