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GREATER AUSTIN BLACK EXPANDS SERVICES TO PFLUGERVILLE

Austin Black Chamber & Pflugerville Community Development Corporation partner to encourage entrepreneurship admits region growing diverse population

Austin, Texas –  Recognizing Austin’s Black population shift to northern suburban communities, the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a formal partnership with the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) to offer programs and services to support Austin’s Black business community.

The partnership comes amidst recent findings by the PCDC that ranked Pflugerville among the top cities in Central Texas for greater ethnic diversity, higher wages and lower unemployment rates based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 2013 results.

The population of Pflugerville is 14.4 percent African American – higher than the City of Austin’s 8 percent – and the highest of the neighboring northern suburbs of Austin including Round Rock ( 9 percent) and Cedar Park (4.9 percent), according to the report.

Additionally, the PDCD found that the average income in Pflugerville was higher, 73 percent earns an income of more than $50,000 annually, compared to 65 percent in Cedar Park, and 66 percent in Round Rock, which presents great opportunity for the Chamber’s agenda of advancing entrepreneurship.

In Pflugerville, we embrace our rich diversity and celebrate the many benefits that it brings to our efforts in economic development.  It is a common goal shared by the Greater Austin Black Chamber, and the main reason we forged this partnership.  Together, we can provide greater business opportunities for people who live and work in our community,” said Amy Madison, Assistant Executive Director.

The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce will host Entrepreneurship and Committee meetings and related support programming at the offices of the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation.   The two will also partner on the GABC’s 2015 State of Black Business in Central Texas program an annual event where the Chamber releases data and statistics on Black business throughout the Greater Austin Region.

GABC and PCDC announced the partnership at GABC’s Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development meeting held on Monday April 20, 2015 which featured remarks by Elton Price, Director of the City Of Austin’s Small & Minority Business Resource Department’s Certification Program and Amy Madison, Executive Director of the PCDC.

About the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce (GABC) promotes the development of African-American businesses and the expansion of the Greater Austin business community by providing resources, technical assistance, and leadership on policy issues that enhance economic growth and by promoting convention and tourism. For more information, visit www.austinbcc.org.

About the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation

The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation promotes Pflugerville as a desirable place for new businesses to operate. The organization also supports existing businesses by helping to address their needs through funding and program supports. For more information, visit www.pfdevelopment.com.

 

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