Wake County Economic Development
During our time in Austin, we could see the visible marks of a city in rapid stages of growth. There were new hotels, high-rise office buildings, and improvements to existing infrastructure everywhere. To accommodate the influx of residents and visitors, Austin has undergone massive efforts to promote alternative travel with dedicated bike lanes being installed throughout town. Cyclists had a mix of personally-owned bikes and the brightly colored rideshare bikes that have been so popular in dense urban areas. The city also is walkable and friendly to pedestrians looking to get around quickly.
The South Congress and Rainey Street neighborhoods made us feel close to home with plenty of food options, entertainment, and greenspace. Much like the developments around Person Street and the Warehouse District in Raleigh, Austin’s surrounding neighborhoods seamlessly blend the urban and suburban, offering a quiet atmosphere with access to all of the city’s best amenities.
Our trip to SXSW was a tremendous opportunity. We represented Raleigh at the booth, participated in networking events all across town, and even found time for panels that spoke toward points of interest for our community. This was an incredibly inspiring trip to Austin and was time well spent.
Many thanks to our regional partners, the City of Raleigh, the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Raleigh Convention Center. Without them, this trip would not have happened. An additional thanks to our makers and special guests, including House of Swank, Videri Chocolate, Trophy Brewing, Hail Mary, Larry’s Coffee, Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Cindy Whitehead, and The Veldt. These makers and representatives brought the incredible culture of Raleigh to Austin and we were proud to share our story with thousands of attendees.