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A dubious 2nd place ranking?

I have written many posts to brag about Austin appearing on various Top 10 lists. I don’t recall any that I considered “mixed blessings,” but instead thought all were clearly great news for a great city. (If there was a downside to any of them, it is that growth threatens the very lifestyle that makes Austin such a great place to live and work and raise a family.)

Today, I found a ranking that I’m not so sure about:

Austin Business Journal, May 12, 2010

It turns out that the City Of Austin is ranked 2nd among all cities in Texas for funding lobbyists.  To some degree it makes sense because we are the state capital, and the lobbyists spend a lot of time here anyway.  I suspect the reality is more directly related to the “business” of the city. 

In that linked article is a list of the 20 top lobby funders in the state — both public and private sector.  You’ll see utilities and energy companies very heavily represented there.  The City Of Austin owns and operates a large electric utility.  I have not done the first-hand research to confirm this, but I would bet a lot that that’s behind this heavy investment in lobbying efforts.

Good news?  I suppose so, if it produces results.  I’ll leave it to somebody else in a position to influence those decisions to do the research and follow-up.

About Bill Morris, Realtor

More than thirty years of business experience (high tech, client service, business organization and start-up, including many years in real estate) tell me that service is the key to success and I look forward to serving you. I represent both buyers and sellers throughout the Austin metropolitan area, which means first-hand market knowledge is brought to bear on serving your needs: -- Seller Representation is a comprehensive process that begins with thorough market analysis and consultation, continues with properly staging the home to achieve the highest price possible in a reasonable time on market, a complete program of marketing and promotion, ongoing updates and communication, closing coordination, and follow-up throughout (and after) the sale. -- Buyer Representation is also full service: shopping, previewing, price and market consultation, contracting, negotiating, coordination of inspections, appraisals, repairs, and closing details, and follow-up beyond the closing of your purchase to ensure your lasting satisfaction. Because the real estate industry is becoming more sophisticated and challenging every day, you need a professional that understands the industry and is positioned to stay ahead of the game. I go the extra mile to help you achieve your goals. That's why I constantly research the market and property values so your home is priced effectively from day one. I also make sure the public knows your home is for sale by using innovative advertising and marketing techniques to attract potential buyers.


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